Students from the University of Akron and software engineers from Diebold Inc. will participate in a series of three courses in cloud computing at UA to explore how industry can maximize cyberspace resources.
In all, 12 UA students and six Diebold engineers will participate in the classes, slated for the fall 2012 and spring and summer 2013 semesters. Topics cover cloud computing fundamentals, tools and platforms; cloud "mashups," or website pages or applications that use or combine data, presentation or functionality from two or more sources to create new services; best practices in cloud applications; and cloud security.
Leading engineers from Diebold were directly involved in shaping the cloud computing class curriculum with UA professors. Additionally, Diebold engineers attending the course have been working with cloud-oriented technologies and mashups since early 2011 through research and various active projects.
Several students selected for the course series also will serve internships at Diebold, where they will work alongside professionals who already develop and deploy cloud technology for the company. In addition, pairs of UA students will team up with Diebold software engineers to work on non-Diebold projects.
"This partnership will help fill identified workforce needs and contribute to innovative technological advances," said William M. "Mike" Sherman, UA senior vice president, provost and chief operating officer. "Experiences like these will make our graduates distinctive and benefit our industry partners with UA graduates ready to contribute from the first day on the job."
The collaboration will help Diebold attract and retain top-tier talent, and give the company's employees an opportunity for personal growth while they provide guidance to students and help them hone their skills, said Frank Natoli, Diebold executive vice president and chief innovation officer.
"This is an investment that will help us to measurably grow our capability in a technology that will shape our future, as we leverage cloud computing to grow our services business in the retail financial space," Natoli said. "Just as importantly, it is an investment in the educational system and students of Ohio."
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