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Penn College student chosen for coveted research assignment


A Pennsylvania College of Technology student will spend his summer engaging in a National Science Foundation research program devoted to high performance computing.

Nichalus S. Kibler, of New Columbia, majoring in both game and simulation programming and information assurance and cyber security, is one of 11 students nationwide chosen for the Research Experience for Undergraduate site at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Nichalus S. KiblerAccording to the NSF, the paid, 10-week program encourages participants to pursue graduate study and careers in high performance computing, “a field critical to national security, scientific discovery and technological innovation.”

Throughout the summer, Kibler will work on projects with experienced research faculty mentors. His specialized training will include technical and analytical skill development in mathematical modeling, algorithmic development, and parallel and distributed programming. Seminars on career development, literature search and technical writing are integrated into the program, along with field trips and the opportunity to attend and present at professional conferences.

“We are very excited to see Nichalus accepted for this prestigious research assignment,” said David R. Cotner, dean of Penn College’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment on his part, and it will truly enhance his career prospects. His participation also is a very positive reflection on the rigor and quality of our academic programs and the dedication of our talented information technology faculty.”

Penn College offers baccalaureate degrees in game and simulation programming, information assurance and cyber security, software development and information management, and information technology: network specialist concentration, as well as an associate degree in information technology: technical support technology emphasis.

For information about those majors and other programs offered by the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education. Email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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