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...interesting way to approach my first job out of college,” she says. “This course really not only helped me see that I want to be in investments for my career following graduation, but it also helped me achieve that.”

University of Maryland Opens Technology Hub

The University of Maryland recently opened its new Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, a 215,600-square-foot facility that is a hub for technology, collaboration and discovery in the center of the university’s new innovation district. The Center is located along Campus Drive at the northeast entrance to the university and has also been designed to attract students from all across campus to gather in its 20,000 square feet of community space.

According to Ming C. Lin, chair of the Department of Computer Science, the new center brings together the university’s Department of Computer Science and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) “to facilitate creation and discovery.” Specifically, the Brendan Iribe Center will support team-based, interdisciplinary research in virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer vision, algorithms, programming languages and systems. The center features 13 state-of-the-art research labs, which include four high-bay laboratories for research and development of robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, virtual and augmented reality, and more.

Lin says that the state-of-the-art facility will help UMD attract the “best and brightest” students and faculty members. The center is comprised of six floors of specialized research labs, collaborative classrooms, auditoriums, and a fully equipped maker-space, all designed to provide students and faculty with new opportunities to innovate new applications for computer science.

The classrooms have been designed to encourage teamwork and innovation; instead of traditional rows of seating, for example, the classrooms will feature round tables and display screens on all four walls. Two auditoriums will also feature shared tables and swivel chairs so that students will be able to switch back and forth between lecture-based presentations and collaborative teamwork.

“This transformative building will take one of the nation’s top computer and data science programs to even greater heights,” said UMD President Wallace D. Loh at the opening of the center. “Our leadership in fields like artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality will grow, making our campus an even greater hub for innovation and economic development.”

Stevenson University Nursing Students Simulate Real-Life Situations

At Stevenson University, nursing students have the opportunity to simulate real-life medical scenarios in the university’s simulation lab, located on the Owings Mills North campus. Hollis Caswell, M.S.N., R.N., a lecturer in nursing simulation, explains that the lab is scenario-based, meaning everything – from the lifelike mannequins to the medical equipment – looks realistic.

Two nursing students are put into a specific medical scenario, while the instructor and remainder of the students observe from behind a glass partition. Through a wireless feed, the instructor can make the mannequins move, speak (in one of four languages), and even give birth to a baby (that, like all newborns, actually cries).

“Watching ‘Victoria’ give birth is not as exciting as the real thing,” says Caswell, “but it’s very lifelike. The students have to suspend their disbelief to some extent, but when they’re in the moment, it feels real.”

Students have the opportunity to perform such skills as putting in intravenous lines and breathing tubes, taking blood pressure readings, even coping with a hemorrhaging patient, complete with “blood.”

“In this type of scenario, the students are able to think and react like a nurse,” says Caswell. •

Real world experiences

The job market looks favorable for recent college graduates, according to recent surveys by the National Association of College and Employers’ Job Outlook. Most employers want to hire workers who have a college degree as well as strong interpersonal skills. But they also want employees who have already had the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to situations in the real world, through such opportunities as experiential learning, internships, faculty-student research and more. Applying learning in a real-world setting helps students develop professional skills such as negotiating and problem-solving, which they might not have the opportunity to do through traditional textbook instruction. •