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Craig Shoemaker '78 is responsible for the functioning of the computer systems in two schools in Harrisonburg. (Photo by Michael Sheeler)

A little bit of everything in schools’ I.T.

If a computer glitch threatens to derail something like a state-required proficiency test at Harrisonburg (Virginia) High School, Craig Shoemaker’s phone is bound to start ringing. “[Teachers] get anxious,” he said, chuckling. “I’m the one they try to get a hold of.” A computer resource technicia ...More

John Swartzendruber '79 was the matermind behind one of the first intranets deployed in a major global corporation. (Photo by Matt Kiefer)

Swartzendruber pioneered early global intranet for Lilly

Soon after graduating with a degree in chemistry, John Swartzendruber ’79 landed a job in the scientific research group of Eli Lilly and Company, one of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world. That’s where Swartzendruber says he got interested in computing, writing software for the Lilly X-Ray crystallography group. He also began working with hig ...More

Dee Weikle, PhD, is an associate professor of computer science at EMU who was formerly an electrical engineer. (Photo by Kara Lofton)

Weikle: Electrical engineering to computer science pioneer

In the male-dominated field of computer science, Dee Weikle is used to being in the minority. The associate professor of computer science at EMU can name all of her female students majoring in the field on the fingers of one hand. One of those students, among the approximately 18 percent of women ...More

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I.T. in higher ED: In the end, it’s about people

As a UNIX systems engineer at Virginia Tech, Josh Akers ’07 is charged with “provisioning” a few dozen “enterprise systems” at university, while also “administrating VMware infrastructure” and supporting operation of “Advanced Research Computing clusters.” “Anyone in the field would know what I’m talking about, ...More

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EMU’s Own Techies

As a work-study student on EMU’s helpdesk in 1999, these were Jason Alderfer’s tools: “A telephone and a legal pad.”  A couple times a day, Alderfer or another work-study student would check the phone and write down the messages – who had called and what their problem was – and then either go fix the problem or relay the ...More

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Professor and former NASA researcher shares about science, faith, and the mysterious universe

Have you ever wondered if animals are conscious? Are plants conscious? Does an amoeba have free will? David Pruett, James Madison University emeritus professor of mathematics, recently argued in a Suter Science Seminar that particles as basic as electrons and photons may have at least some elemental consciousness and free will. Evolution, then, is a distilling process that concent ...More

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Retired, long-time science and math professors recall teaching wide range of topics in original Suter building

A hammer banged away on the $7 million renovation project of Suter Science Center as six retired professors talked about their careers in the 46-year-old Eastern Mennonite University building. They gathered in the iconic 256-seat tiered SC-106 classroom on Oct. 11 as part of the 2014-15 Suter Science ...More

Engineers for a Sustainable World, a club tackling problem-solving projects

Reprinted with slight edits from the student-produced Weather Vane, Oct. 2, 2014. Written by first-year student Harrison Horst. Engineers for a Sustainable World, referred to by its members as ESW, is only a year old, and though it has already achieved significant results, still has not been heard of by the majority ...More

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Computer science students take first and third in national contest against 47 other teams

Teams comprised of Eastern Mennonite University computer science and math students beat 47 teams across the nation in a contest that required code-breaking under time pressure. The EMU teams took first and third place at this year’s Kryptos competition sponsored by Central Washington University. The first-place team was made up of freshman Aron Harder and seniors Stephen Quenzer and Jo ...More

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EMU pre-engineering students take second in regional competition with solar greenhouse design

The newest structure on Eastern Mennonite University’s campus cost just $600 to build and was completed by six students in less than eight hours. This fall it will extend the growing season for tomatoes, and next winter it will provide the cafeteria with leafy greens. A poster describing the project – a solar-powered greenhouse – also won second place in the first- and second-year ...More