Newport News Club Explains the Latest in IP Protocol at 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.

The Software Development Club hosted a conference at the Newport News campus, 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 uses an M&M’S 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 about 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!”

GE Aviation Helps Raleigh Vet’s Career Take Off

Eric RichardsonLR

After 12 years in the U.S. Army, Eric Richardson is making a superb transition to civilian life. He’s on track to graduate from the Raleigh campus this fall, is on the Dean’s List, and has served as president for all of the honor societies, as well as the Student Advisory Council. Now, he’s working in one of the nation’s best internship programs.

Eric was selected for General Electric’s (GE) Information Technology Leadership Program, the premier technical leadership program at GE, offering those with a passion for information technology the opportunity to grow their leadership skills, business acumen and technical aptitude, while building a career with unlimited potential. Program members lead by doing, gaining real-world experience by working on important and challenging projects alongside some of the brightest technical minds in the world.

Eric’s internship is based at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio where he’s applying his network security education across a broad spectrum of duties, including database development and administration, as well as co-facilitating the company’s wiki page. “It’s more than I ever imagined it would be,” says Eric. “They give us independence and responsibility. It’s exciting to use what I’ve learned in the classroom in a real work environment.

“Yesterday, we were working with an application called Putty. There were a number of people who were unfamiliar with it but I had already learned it at ECPI and was able to teach them. It was a great feeling knowing that I already knew what to do.”

Helping others comes naturally to Eric. An active member of the campus’ Student Veterans of America chapter, he’s always eager to lend a helping hand. In fact, he has made several trips to Washington to advocate on behalf of fellow vets. “I’ve been fortunate to land in a really good place,” says Eric. “I want to do everything I possibly can to help build up my fellow veterans. Many of them have sacrificed so much and we need to make sure they have all the support they need to adjust to civilian life.”

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!”

Getting Ready for Graduation

Grad Caps

It is that time of year when we celebrate our graduates! As is the custom, ECPI University provides a gold tassel for graduation caps of those who have distinguished themselves with a 3.7 GPA or higher.

If you are also a member of the Golden Key Honour Society, you may wear a gold stole to signify your membership in the society and academic achievement. These gold stoles may be purchased by going to www.ShopGoldenKey.com.

 

Helping Others Comes Naturally to Greensboro Student

Joe & Debbi Smith

Debbie and her husband, Joe

Debbi Smith is one of those people who seem to have an endless reservoir of energy, the kind of person to whom others are drawn. There’s so much to her story, it’s hard to know where to begin.

She first enrolled in the Greensboro campus’ medical assisting program in spring of 2012. She had been caring for her husband who was confined to a wheelchair following a combat injury in Afghanistan. After an organization called Homes for Our Troops built them a new accessible home, he was able to live more independently and encouraged Debbi to pursue her dream.

“I’ve always wanted to work in healthcare,” says Debbi. “Taking care of my husband only reinforced that desire. You can really make a difference in people’s lives. I’ve already decided that I am going to pursue my nursing degree so I can work in a trauma unit or VA hospital.”

Debbi is a member of three clubs on campus: The Medical Students Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (serves as membership secretary), and the Diversity Club. She spearheads a number of charity drives on campus – bake sales, food drives, etc. – and is known to be extremely generous with her time, always available to help classmates. “I’m a pushover,” she says. “Many of my fellow students are single mothers just like I used to be. I know what they’re sacrificing to make life better for their families and I really want to do all I can to encourage and support them.”

Academically, Debbi is at the top of her game. Recently named Student of the Semester for the Medical Assisting program, she has perfect attendance and is on the Dean’s list. So how can she give so much to others when she seems to have so much on her own plate? “My grandfather has always been my inspiration,” she says. “As a father to nine children, he was always taking other children into his home to help them, even working 2-3 jobs to make ends meet.

“Debbi’s drive and determination to complete her program really stands out to me,” says Greensboro Student Success Coordinator Angi Kinsey. “She had her rough spots early on, but she never gave up and now she’s almost done. Somehow she does it all – school, work, home – with such a great attitude and sincerity that she inspires everyone around her.”