Lewis Students and Professor Create NetLabs Facilty

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Lewis University Students and Professor Create NetLabs Facility

Published: February 12, 2018.

A team of Lewis University Computer Science students recently installed a NetLabs facility in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. NetLabs is a computing platform that provides remote access to laboratory experiences in computer science.

“Remote labs have been tricky, particularly when it comes to the networking and cyber security aspects because students need access to the hardware. But NetLabs makes it possible for students to interact with real networking appliances almost as if they were there. And, because the lab experiments can be dynamically reconfigured, NetLabs allows us to have separate setups for every course that can be rapidly set up, torn down, and replaced with another course's lab needs,” said Eric Spangler, professor of computer and mathematical sciences who oversaw the installation.

Last year, CaMS became a Cisco Networking Academy, offering courses that prepare students to take the exams that lead to the CCNA certification. Now with NetLabs, the department can offer Cisco coursework (CPSC 28100 through CPSC 28400) both on-campus and online, while opening the door to other Cisco certifications in the future.

“Since becoming a Palo Alto Academy, we can prepare students to work with that vendor's technology, too,” continued Spangler. “We also hope to offer Netlabs to staff in Lewis University's Office of Technology to help fulfill their ongoing training needs.”

The CaMS Netlabs Facility was funded in part by the generosity of donors, including the CaMS Advisory Committee. “CaMS students and faculty now enjoy a top-notch, modern, thoroughly flexible training platform for teaching all sorts of topics in computer science both on campus and from afar,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of CaMS Department. “This is a great addition to the department that will directly benefit students.”

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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