This is ‘IT’
NDSU IT sponsors first Technology Expo
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 01:10
The presence of technology is getting bigger and bigger at NDSU.
The first ever Information Technology Expo was held in the Grand Plains Ballroom of the Memorial Union on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Targeting NDSU students, faculty and staff, the IT Expo was hosted by the NDSU Information Technology Division and campus partners that provide or support technology resources.
Marc Wallman, Interim Vice President for Information Technology, presented the keynote address at 11:00 a.m. in the Century Theatre.
Wallman, who has served in his position at NDSU for the last two years, gave his address, “NDSU’s Information Technology Roadmap.” The speech touched on the advancement of technology, research, academics and outreach, both on campus and in the industry.
“The single biggest concern we have in IT development is the educational piece,” Wallman said in an interview. “Most of the battle is putting the information out there and helping student, faculty and staff educate themselves and understand how this can relate to them.”
The event consisted of individual booths and discussions, as well as individual speakers. The occasion lasted for six hours.
Some of the presentations included 3D Printing, Electronic Discussion of Flexible Learning Spaces and Registration in the Online Marketplace. Departments that participated included Advanced Applications, Landscape Architecture, Distance and Continuing Education and Emergency Support Technologies.
Wallman was optimistic that the expo would be a regular occurrence on campus.
One of the big concerns Wallman addressed was the need to make technology and applications available to staff and students in an off-campus environment.
“In addressing the need for activity and the physical location, we first need to ensure that students and staff have stable, fast-internet availability, which is linked to the expansion of infrastructure,” he said.
Amber Rasche, the Communications Coordinator for the Information Technology Division, said she is optimistic that her team will be able to combine what worked well with in-the-moment developments to continue this expo, while presenting information that is both relevant and timely.
“Our group of event planners looks forward to meeting in the next week to discuss how we can better market this to a broader range of attendees,” Rasche said.
Follow up information, including event photos, presentations and video recordings will be available at www.ndsu.edu/vpit/tech-expo.