ECPI University Receives $130 Million Software Grant from Siemens

ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio (far left) joins other recipients in accepting grant from Siemens Corporation U.S. President Eric Spiegel

ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio (far left) joins other recipients in accepting grant from Siemens Corporation U.S. President Eric Spiegel

Software Will Help Prepare Students to Take Advantage of Manufacturing Resurgence 

At a ceremony today that included the Governor of Virginia, the Siemens Corporation announced more than $1 billion in software grants to seven colleges and universities, including ECPI. ECPI University students will now have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.

The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need for skilled workers and is designed to support the state’s largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and other companies with local ties such as Rolls-Royce.  The grants are part of ongoing workforce development collaboration among community colleges, universities and organizations like the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Virginia Manufacturers Association and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SHVEC) – an organization that provides workforce training to the rural population. [Read more...]

Newport News CIS Students Host Software Development Conference

Software Development Club Advisor Dr. Andrew Jung with student presenters Richard Bailey, Kenneth Crim, Jeffrey Wheeless, and Darius Phillips.

Software Development Club Advisor Dr. Andrew Jung with student presenters Richard Bailey, Kenneth Crim, Jeffrey Wheeless, and Darius Phillips.

Members of the Newport New Campus’ Software Development Club hosted a spring conference, featuring guest speakers and student presentations. Students, faculty, staff and local employers learned about new applications and trends as well as the latest revision of Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet.

IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion. ECPI University faculty member Mr. Al Portes used an M & M analogy to describe the capacity of the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). “Under the old IPv4, we were limited to about 4.2 billion addresses,” says Portes. “To put that in context, you could spread out a single layer of M & M’s and 4.2 billion of them would cover a football field. With IPv6, the capacity is so great that the sheer number would be unrecognizable to the average person. Suffice it to say, you could fill all the Great Lakes with M & M’S, each one representing a different address!”