Computer Science students earn award for innovative work

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Computer Science students receive prestigious award for innovative work in their field

Published: October 30, 2012.

(Left to right) Will Hoffman, Brian Wilhelm
and Elie Shmayel earn Fifty for the
Future Award.

Lewis University Computer Science students Will Hoffman of Lockport, Elie Shmayel of Darien and Brian Wilhelm of New Lenox received a Fifty for the Future Award at The Annual Fifty for the Future Award Celebration Oct. 23 in Chicago. The prestigious award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated high levels of innovative work in the technology field.

The Annual Fifty for The Future Celebration recognizes students with an interest in technology and provides encouragement and recognition to students who pursue innovation through technology, providing access to business leaders to showcase their talent. Winners are chosen through a rigorous nomination and judging process, focused on high school through university and graduate level programs. The celebration is attended by industry leaders, judges, winners and their families, foundation sponsors and other supporters of the technology industry. The prestigious Fifty for the Future Award is presented by the Illinois Technology Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development of the technology talent pipeline in the State of Illinois.

“We could not be more proud of them and their achievements. It is a great reflection on their individual skills, ingenuity, and potential, and it is another sign of the quality of our computer science program,” said Dr. Ray Klump, chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University.

Lewis University offers bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science with areas of specialization in Computer and Network Security, Video Game Development, Distributed and Mobile Computing Technologies and Simulation of Scientific Systems. Many Lewis Computer Science students pursue internships in the field as students, and several alumni have gone on to found and lead area technology firms. Over its 40-year history, the Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology. It recently opened four new labs, including the Ubiquitous Computing Lab to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices, and the Networking and Security Lab to equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. The department is currently working on new offerings in cloud computing and data mining.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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