(Note: The following has been submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by Volkan Otugen, Senior Associate Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. Opinions and comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)
Methodist University in Dallas, TX, we’re always looking for ways to engage our
students. Our Lyle School of Engineering and the Datacenter Systems
Engineering students recently visited Facebook’s new data center in Fort Worth,
TX. Engineers gave presentations and led tours of the facility. Later that
week, SMU hosted the Infrastructure Masons, in which CommScope is deeply involved and sits on the partner advisory board, when the
leadership from different cloud companies learned about our program and how to
develop complementary programs to meet the educational and fast-growing
workforce needs of the industry. The group also talked about how to recruit
female tech talent.
It goes to
show that the need isn’t going unnoticed. The visits, tour and group
discussions allowed an up close and personal look for students, hopefully
increasing their knowledge of the industry and their potential desire to seek
employment in the field.
come at a better time. Jason Hayman, market research manager at TEKsystems was recently quoted in Data Center
the tech talent pool is low. He says the number of skilled individuals with
newly in-demand skills tend to be low. Today’s data center is undergoing an
evolutionary transformation which is certain to continue into the future.
Advances in mission critical facilities, virtualization, networks, data
analytics, the extraction of useful information and security are introducing
dramatic changes. They require professionals with diverse, highly specialized
skills to effectively address the needs of this rapidly evolving profession.
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exactly how and why SMU’s program came about. In 2013, we hosted a series of
formal panels to identify the technical skillsets needed in the field. This work
resulted in the development of a 30-credit hour multidisciplinary Master of Science
degree offered by
the Lyle School of Engineering. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this
program is designed to prepare individuals to serve either as technical
contributors or as managers in this extremely critical field, shaping the
future leaders of data centers around the globe. Students can specialize in one
of four areas: facilities infrastructure & management, data engineering or analytics,
networks, virtualization & security, or business.
was formally launched in fall 2014. Having graduated its first student in
December 2015, this program has proved valuable and continues to thrive,
attracting a diverse student body from all over the world. And that’s exactly
where they’re needed.
(Note: The above has been submitted as a
guest post to CommScope Blogs by Volkan Otugen, Senior Associate Dean
of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. Opinions and
comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are
that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)