Howard Wickelman, Fred Kitchens, and Zac Adkins (l-r)
Ball State students Zac Adkins and Howard Wickelman won top honors at an international conference in September for their paper detailing a real-world learning experience. It was part of the university's Business Fellows program, which teams students and faculty members with Indiana businesses and organizations. Adkins and Wickelman were part of a student group led by faculty mentor Fred Kitchens that collaborated with staff members of BAA-Indianapolis, the company that operates airports for the Indianapolis Airport Authority. The group conducted an analysis of the technological infrastructure of the airport, focusing on potential applications of cluster computing technology, and prepared a plan for continuous availability of computer resources, even in emergencies. "It was hands-on learning, and the most fun I've had," says Adkins, a senior computer science major.
Learn more at www.bsu.edu/students/careers/fellows.