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2011 April Dean's Update


As you know, CSE has been trying to start a number of programs in Health Information Technology, and there are two items to report on in this context. The first one is a donation of a hospital information system by CPSI. The CPSI hospital information system, which is valued at around $850,000, encompasses the full spectrum of financial and clinical applications, and CPSI has full or partial installations in about 50% of rural hospitals in Georgia alone.

The software will be used to give students enrolled in our various HIT related programs hands-on experience on a hospital information system.

I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to CPSI and Mr Charles Kuemmerle for the donation, and to Dr Mahmoud Ghavi, of Consort Systems and the CSE Center for Health Information Technology, for making the initial contacts with CPSI.


The second HIT related announcement is that, having completed the pilot of our accelerated training program in HIT (ATHIT), we will now offer a new and improved version of this program, starting May 14. As you may recall, the ATHIT program is aimed at IT professionals who would like to start a career in health information technology. The second version of the ATHIT is a little shorter than the pilot, and will be offered on Saturdays, rather than during the week. It will be again be offered both face-to-face and online. For further details, please contact me at or on 678-915-7399.


On April 15th, SPSU held is annual students awards banquet. The highest award presented at the occasion is the Chancellor's Academic Recognition Award, which is given to the student at each USG institution who has earned the highest grade point average in his or her school and who represents excellence in academic achievement and personal development. SPSU's awardee is DeWayne P. Alcorn, a senior Information Technology major.

Other CSE awardees included Sameer Kulkarni (Outstanding Graduate Student, Computer Science), Thomas Samford (Outstanding Graduate Student, Information Technology), Reggie Gross (Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science), Larry Tatum (Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Information Technology), Luke Tornquist (Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Software Engineering). We also awarded the initial Julian Joseph Award for Service to CSE to William Olden. In addition, about a dozen or so CSE students were recognized among Who's Who.

Congratulations to all


On April 25, SPSU held its annual faculty, staff and retiree recognition award ceremony. A number of CSE people were recognized. Thus, Dr Svetlana Peltsverger received an award for her 5 years of service to CSE and SPSU; Mrs Beth Haynie and Dr Andy Wang for 10 years service; and Professor Briana Morrison and Mr Ray Walker for 15 years of service. We also recognized two recent retirees from CSE, namely Professor Fred Hartfield and Mr Ray Walker. In addition, Mr Greg Scott, our new lab manager, was recognized for his outstanding work for the Extended University.

I wanted to congratulate all of those who were recognized, and thank them for the excellent work that they have done and will, in the case of the non-retirees, undoubtedly continue to do.


On April 20, Atlanta SPIN held one of its monthly meetings on campus. The event featured Timothy Chick from the Software Engineering Institute whose address was entitled "Making Agile Work for You". I apologize that I did not get an announcement out last month, as I expect some of you might have been interested in attending. It was organized on fairly short notice. In any case, more information about Atlanta SPIN, including Tim Chick's presentation, can be found at


Another exciting project that CSE is about to embark on is the establishment of a state-of-the-art data center. There are a number of reasons for doing this. First, the CPSI hospital information system mentioned above runs on a high-density server that would ideally be located in a more controlled environment than we currently have. Second, CSE already has a number of servers to support its various teaching and research activities. Since the number of these servers has grown organically, we never had the opportunity to rationally design our server room. The establishment of our own data center will allow us to do so. Finally, we have come to the conclusion that many of our students, especially those in IT, would benefit from the opportunity to do some hands-on work in a state-of-the-art data center.

We have started the initial planning phase of the project and hope to get a lot of the work done before the start of the fall semester. I will of course keep you posted. If you have any questions, or would like to support our efforts in this area, please let me know.


On April 4th and 6th, teams of students from the IT4853/IT6853 Computer Forensics class made an onsite visit to the premises of a fictional software company to collect digital evidence regarding alleged theft of intellectual property by a company executive. Operating as teams of 4 students, they performed the tasks common to an on-scene digital investigation. The exercise required them to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their coursework to collect evidence using proper processes and procedures that would support that evidence's admissibility in future legal proceedings. Significant requirements were that they document the provenance of the collected evidence, identify the relevant items in the scene, and make forensic images of evidence items using the proper procedures.


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Han Reichgelt
Dean, School of Computing and Software Engineering