ECPI University Graduate Takes Online Education into Hometown Classroom

ECPI University | Electronics EngineeringJason Dean is a man who takes the initiative. If he wants to learn how to do something, he opens a book or goes online and teaches himself. He’s spent most of his adult life constructing buildings but would rather be building robots.

When the U.S. military was losing thousands of robots disarming roadside bombs, Jason took it upon himself to design a robot that burned up bomb components using a carbon dioxide laser. Being a basement tinkerer – not a large defense contractor – his idea didn’t make it very far, but he says he got noticed by some important people. So much so, he was invited to Fort Benning, Georgia to present his next idea, a robot that used suction to gently expose buried improvised explosive devices (IED), gently vacuuming away dirt and debris without putting pressure on the bomb. “They loved it,” says Jason. “Once again, however, me being just one person, I couldn’t develop an expensive prototype.” [Read more...]

ECPI University Medical Assistant Student Becomes a Published Author!

ECPI University | Medical AssistantMedical Assisting student Sharon Hanks is set to publish her first children’s book this fall, and the motivation to write it surfaced soon after beginning her studies at the College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute at ECPI University. “I have always been a story teller by nature,’ says Hanks. “I have always wanted to be a writer.  During a difficult time, I lost a bit of that imagination, but going back to school and writing academically inspired me to write creatively again.”

 She squeezes in writing time after she puts her two children to bed, or on the weekends while they play, and even on campus.  Finding time to write around her children’s schedule provides her with added inspiration; after all, they are the main characters. In the book, her daughter, Josie, grows pumpkins while her son, Mitchell, grows sunflowers.  The children learn about soil, sunlight, different plants, caring for a garden, and the excitement of growing their own food. [Read more...]

What’s the Career Outlook for Mechatronics Engineering?

ECPI University | MechatronicsIn a world of constantly-evolving technology, it can be difficult to find a stable career. However experienced and educated you may be, economic and technological progress can render your skills obsolete within a few years. The only path to financial success and stability is to find a career that will remain relevant despite the march of time.

If you’re worried about your future career prospects, and have an interest in engineering, manufacturing, or electrical design, there may be a solution. Mechatronics is already a huge industry, and is likely to remain important to the economy for decades to come. By training in mechatronics, you can position yourself for a lucrative, long-lasting career. [Read more...]

Criminal Justice Graduate Fulfills a Lifelong Goal

ECPI University | Criminal Justice

Sometimes the best laid plans are interrupted by unexpected events. Just ask Della Deese. After graduating from high school in Lancaster, South Carolina, she headed north to attend college and study chemistry with an eye on becoming an F.B.I. bomb technician. Before she could finish school, she learned she was expecting a child. She came home and began her career as mother. [Read more...]

Where Will Cloud Computing Be in 5 years?

ECPI University | Cloud ComuputingIf you’re looking into careers in the Computer and Information Science field, odds are you’ll encounter cloud computing. The cloud computing industry has exploded over the past few decades; in 2013, nearly 60% of businesses spent at least 10% of their budgets on cloud services (according to IBM). With this in mind, computer and information science enthusiasts should have a basic understanding of the cloud computing industry and might even consider pursuing a career in cloud computing services.

What is cloud computing?

Traditionally, computer resources have been sold as products. Businesses purchase hardware, software, networking, databases, and meters directly from computing companies, installing them in their offices and monitoring them directly and locally. This requires businesses to make heavy upfront investments in their computer systems and maintenance and to hire staff or vendors to maintain, troubleshoot/repair, and upgrade systems. [Read more...]