Wednesday, February 17, 2010

THINK BIG: Dr. Wei Chen

Black History Month at Tennessee State University

THINK BIG: Dr. Wei Chen

*Tennessee State University celebrates Black History Month by recognizing individuals or organizations that have made noteworthy contributions to University’s history and are taking the “Think Big, TSU BIG!” approach to their areas of study and expertise while impacting the campus, community and beyond.

Tennessee State University is now leading in a wave taking the IT world by storm thanks to professor of computer science Dr. Wei Chen. Chen received the 2010 IBM Faculty Award for her research on new technology and solutions for cloud computing. 

Cloud computing has nothing to do with surfing the net from the friendly skies. Rather, it’s the next generation of computing that changes the way users will manage and organize digital information online. A user will no longer have to download and install large files on their computers, mobile devices or gadgets. Instead, users will be able to easily access and update data through a powerful Internet browser.

“It is a great honor to receive the 2010 IBM faculty award which is a very competitive program that fosters collaboration between researchers at IBM and at leading universities worldwide. As a service, cloud computing is going to offer customers easier, better, faster and more secure options. We are glad TSU is part of the evolution,” Chen said about leading the innovative research project that will serve as the symbol of TSU’s new collaboration with IBM.  

IBM and TSU will implement the design by using the computing resources on campus, integrating cloud computing concepts into courses and including students from the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science in Chen’s research activities. 

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