Category Archives: Technology and Computer Science

Old Dominion funds software lab improvements

ECU students studying industrial distribution and logistics are trained in this lab on SAP software – a workflow management tool used at major corporations across the U.S. An endowment from Old Dominion Freight Lines will go toward purchasing more computers and other materials for this lab. (Contributed photo)

A gift from a national shipping corporation will ensure that more East Carolina University students studying industrial distribution and logistics enter the workforce with experience using a common software package.

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., based in Thomasville, provided the one-time endowment to enhance an existing lab in the College of Technology and Computer Science. Administrators and faculty will use the funding to purchase computers and other equipment needed to train more students in SAP.

Leslie Pagliari, associate dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Technology and Computer Science, described SAP as the software most often used at Fortune 500 companies to manage everything from human resource allocation to purchasing to the supply chain and transportation.

Dr. David White

“Old Dominion’s thoughtful donation will give students a hands-on opportunity to learn software that is vital to the transportation and logistics industries,” said David White, dean of the College of Technology and Computer Science. “Ultimately, this experience will better prepare our students to become leaders in the software business.”

“Old Dominion and East Carolina University have a longstanding partnership,” said Ken Erdner, Old Dominion’s vice president of information system and technology. “The talented students studying technology and computer science at East Carolina University today are the next generation of stars in our industry, and we welcome the opportunity to help them excel in their studies.”

ECU’s Industrial Distribution and Logistics program is the only one of its kind that offers SAP training to graduates. Within a year, program administrators plan to offer a SAP Certificate of Completion.

Technology Systems collaborates with Beaufort County Community College

Beaufort County Community College students toured ECU's laboratory facilities in the Science and Technology Building as part of a visit to the ECU campus in February. (Contributed photo)

The Department of Technology Systems hosted faculty members and ten students from Beaufort County Community College Feb. 22. BCCC’s faculty member, Ben Cole, is a 2003 alumnus from the bachelor of science in industrial technology  program hosted in the Department of Technology Systems. The BSIT program is a degree completion program for graduates of an industrial or technical related associate in applied science degree.

The students are enrolled in one of the following AAS degrees: mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, and electronics engineering technology programs. Students received a Science and Technology building laboratory tour and information about ECU’s engineering and BSIT programs, which they may pursue when they complete their work at BCCC.

Tarboro firm supports students and facilities at East Carolina University

ECU Technology Systems professor Jim Linn, center, assists students Matthew Johnson, left, and Grover Black, standing, with learning about basic electricity. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)


Funding from Keihin Carolina Systems Technology will support both students and facilities at East Carolina University’s College of Technology and Computer Science.

A new $20,000 scholarship fund from K-CST will benefit students transferring into ECU’s technology and computer science programs from Edgecombe Community College.

Chris Eckhardt, vice president and chief operating officer of Keihin’s Tarboro manufacturing plant, established the fund to facilitate regional growth by helping students continue their education and remain employed locally.

“We intend to partner with both ECU and ECC to provide an educational pathway for students to pursue a technology-based education,” Eckhardt said.

The fund is intended for Edgecome County students who show interest and promise in engineering and technology. Recipients would first complete their associate’s degree from ECC, then transfer to complete a bachelor’s in either engineering, technology systems or computer science at ECU. The scholarship will support two students per semester and the first awards will be made in spring 2012 for the fall 2012 semester.

Keihin also funded a $100,000 endowment supporting an instructional and research laboratory that will provide cutting-edge technology and tools for the college’s faculty and students.

Technology and Computer Science Dean David White said, “It’s important to develop local resources for local companies.

“The college is committed to supporting economic development in eastern North Carolina and this generous gift will help develop existing regional talent, which may stay in the area to develop and grow new industries,” he said.

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ECU master’s program ranked #1 in affordability

East Carolina University’s online master of science in technology systems degree program was ranked #1 best buy in comparable programs nationwide by geteducated.com.

According to the site, the profiles reviewed 70 regionally accredited graduate schools that offer degrees in computer science or IT fields, ranking them by costs of tuition and distance learning fees. The average online master’s degree in computer science was $24,918. ECU’s cost was $5,070 for in-state residents and $20,790 for out-of-state residents.

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Construction management reaccredited

The East Carolina University Construction Management Program in the College of Technology and Computer Science received renewal of accreditation in February from the American Council for Construction Education.

Accreditation from the ACCE recognizes the program’s adherence to stringent standards as verified through a visiting team of peers and industry practitioners.

ECU’s construction management program is the largest of its kind in the Southeastern United States and is one of only 65 accredited programs in the country, according to the department’s web site at http://www.ecu.edu/tecs/construction/.


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