Student teams take first, third in national IT competition

April 16, 2014

Jacob Lube, left, and William Steahr hold their AITP trophy.Information technology management majors from University of Wisconsin-Stout took first and third places in a national student competition.

Jacob Lube, of Marshfield, and William Steahr, of Eau Claire, won the network design contest as part of the Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference held April 10-13 in Atlanta.

Taking third place was the team of Trevor Blankenship, of Osseo, Minn., and Justin Lisowe, of Elkhart Lake.

In the network design competition, which drew 49 teams, the student challenge was to refresh a data center for approximately 2,000 servers.

"I believe we did so well because of how prepared we were. UW-Stout has an amazing ITM program that prepares students for the professional world," Lube said. "By winning this award, it reinforces all we have learned here at UW-Stout and shows we have a competitive edge against other schools."

The conference drew about 500 students.

Steahr also took an honorable mention in the PC Troubleshooting division.

Holly Yuan, information technology management program director, is the students' adviser. The program trains students in telecommunications analysis, design and system solutions.