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January 06, 2015 : SLIDESHOW: Computer Science Technology Students Take Field Trip to Athens
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Several students in the Computer Science Technology program at Ohio University Lancaster wanted to learn more about technology and research at Ohio University. On December 12, Associate Professor Christine Wolfe took them on a field trip to Athens.
“We visited the Athens Campus to view some of the technologies and research activity on that campus and in particular to visit some of the departments where the students might relocate if they decide to continue to a bachelor’s degree program,” said Wolfe. “We visited the Russ College of Engineering where Computer Science graduate student Sam Merten arranged for us to learn about research into avionics, artificial intelligence (diabetes monitoring), and game design.”
While they were there, they ran into Frank Stone who recently relocated from Lancaster to Athens.  They visited with professors from the Information and Telecommunication Systems department and were given a tour of the new lab space in the refurbished Schoonover Center.
“After lunch we met with Joe Jollick, lab director of the Innovation Center, who gave us a demonstration of the 3D printer,” said Wolfe. “It was especially helpful to hear from Joe about the financial and operational considerations involved with managing computer technology, a subject our Computer Science Technology students will study in their upcoming Systems Analysis class.”
The students also had some time on their own to explore the Athens Campus. 
The Computer Science Technology program at OUL emphasizes the computing and problem solving skills used by successful computer professionals. In addition to studying current technologies, students develop the ability to learn new technologies, complete projects, work in teams, and other skills valued in an ever-changing workplace.
Students take courses in networking, programming, and database and website management to develop a broad set of skills in the profession. In addition, the student will focus on one or more of these areas by choosing technical electives that best suit his or her career goals.
In order to support a comprehensive understanding of the technology, the curriculum includes laboratory courses which provide hands-on experiences in identifying and maintaining the component parts of computing equipment and the processes and procedures for connecting networks using routers and related equipment.