Information technology students take 1st and 2nd in nat'l contest

By University Communications
April 16, 2015
From left, Jacob Lube, William Steahr, Brandon Wolf and Jordan Sussman.

Photo: From left, Jacob Lube, William Steahr, Brandon Wolf and Jordan Sussman.

University of Wisconsin-Stout students took a first and a second place in a national information technology competition.

The team of Jordan Sussman, of St. Louis Park, Minn., and Brandon Wolf, of Unity, won the computer network design category at the Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair March 26-29 in Omaha, Neb.

The team of Jacob Lube, of Marshfield, and William Steahr, of Eau Claire, took second place.

In the network design competition, which drew 38 teams, the student challenge was to create a proposal for a health care company with 128 locations and 1,500 employees.

Sussman, a junior, believes the hands-on approach to the information technology management Bachelor of Science program at UW-Stout gives students an edge in competitions and when they graduate.

"Our classes are tailored to make sure they involve the latest technologies and skills. For example, we have a network design class that is very similar to the competition. We are tasked with creating a network proposal  based on what a theoretical company needs," Sussman said.

UW-Stout also took first in AITP network design in 2014, 2012 and 2007. Lube and Steahr were the winners last year.

This year's conference, the 20th annual, drew 481 students from 57 colleges and universities. Competition was held in 15 categories.

Holly Yuan, information technology management program director, is the students' adviser.

For more information on UW-Stout's information technology management program, which trains students in telecommunications analysis, design and system solutions, go here >.