Congratulations to the University of Arkansas on Their Tech Target Access Innovation Award for Innovative VDI Solution

first_imgThe University of Arkansas needed to solve the same technological challenges large companies do, but had the ambition to do it in a way that pulled processing back from endpoints for security and manageability, while still serving up graphically robust, PC-like performance. Out-of-the-box solutions were coming up short when they sat down Dell EMC to devise an answer. The resulting VDI implementation project was honored with this year’s Tech Target’s Access Innovation Award as an exceptionally innovative and successful end-user computing project, based on four criteria: ease of use, innovation, functionality and performance, and value. Director of VDI Ready Solutions at Dell EMC Andrew McDaniel sat down with Jon Kelly and Stephen Herzig and from the University of Arkansas’ IT Services Team recently to discuss the project and celebrate the award. Andrew McDaniel (AM): When you came to Dell EMC with this VDI project, what challenges were you facing? University of Arkansas (UA): We have 27,000 students, and we’re classified as a Research 1 University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, meaning our students engage in extensive research activity. As an IT team, we have an important responsibility to support student learning in a modern way that meets and exceeds the expectations and needs of our students and faculty. When Chris McCoy came on board as CIO, he wanted to leap forward technologically. He set eight technology projects as high priorities for the university to accomplish, and VDI was one of them.Our challenge was that the campus had been BYOD for quite a while, and students could access some applications from their devices, but the applications that were more particular to a class or curriculum could only be accessed from a specific lab in a specific building. We wanted to level the playing field so students could have anytime, anywhere access to everything they needed for success on any device.We then recognized that there was a trend toward GPU utilization within the VDI environment. Applications were being written with the assumption that GPU existed.AM: What were the main objectives you needed to accomplish?UA: We set the following parameters for our project:Students needed to be able to securely access applications anytime, from anywhere, through their own devices.The user experience needed to be the same as the student would expect when working on a PC.The VDI should be able to run high-end graphics applications like AutoCAD.AM: After researching vendors, how did you choose Dell EMC and the configuration you ultimately went with: Dell PowerEdge R730 servers, Dell Wyse thin clients, NVIDIA GRID software and the VMware Horizon client?UA: The ability to deliver a high-quality GPU experience was central to our goals, so we were pleased to discover that NVIDIA’s GRID software for abstracting GPUs would enable us to get the VM density we needed. This had been missing from a previous VDI project we’d rolled out, and it led to a low-quality experience, so NVIDIA’s technology was a key component for us.On the hardware front, we selected the Dell PowerEdge R730 because it supported two GPUs and 14 core processors to support the fast, crisp experience we wanted to provide. We implemented Dell Wyse thin clients as the access points throughout the campus, and our engineers were able to optimize our software to get login time down to 18 seconds.The VMware Horizon client made our VDI environment accessible from any device so we can provide BYOD mobile delivery, while the use of hyper-converged appliances with vSAN will enable us to scale in the future.(Editor’s note: Dell EMC has since formalized this combination of solutions as Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions, delivering this total package as a service for as low as $7 per user per month and a single point of contact for support.)AM: Let’s talk about implementation. How did that process go?UA: VDI implementation is complicated because it touches on all aspects of IT. Dell EMC, VMware and NVIDIA came on site with us to understand the challenges we needed to solve, the varying needs of our different departments, and how they could best help us. Our IT team is strong and deep, so we chose to do much of the work ourselves, but Dell EMC and the other vendors helped and supported us through the process through a single point of contact, which was incredibly helpful.AM: What about results? Has the project delivered against your goals and expectations?UA: Yes, it has. We now have the ability to rapidly deploy application pools, allowing us to quickly and efficiently deliver applications to students. That was one of the high-priority challenges we solved with this project.We have an on-campus game development and visualization studio we call “Tesseract” that is now on the path to delivering learning environments in game format through VDI. And our College of Architecture and Design is now able to centralize its applications and computing power so students can work in their design software on any platform or device.Our IT team members responsible for maintaining and supporting student lab endpoints are seeing a reduction in resources required to support the labs now that they have VDI endpoints. Support resources are now free to work on more high impact projects and services for the campus.AM: From your perspective, why do you think this project won the Access Innovation Award? UA: Deploying VDI on our campus meant pulling together a diverse range of components into a cohesive infrastructure that delivered a high-quality, PC-like experience for students. Dell EMC VDI allowed us to deliver the results we wanted for our students and faculty in a way that was cost effective and easy to manage.  The VDI effort also brought together IT resources from across campus, working together in new ways, on a common cutting-edge technology platform – and that was no small feat.Dell EMC congratulates the  University of Arkansas for winning the Access Innovation Award. If you are interested in learning more about how VDI Complete is making high-quality, speedy VDI deployments possible for institutions and organizations across the country,  visit https://experience-vmware.com/vdicomplete/.last_img read more

New Portfolio of Inspiron PCs Include Powerful AMD Ryzen

first_imgReaction to our previous systems with Ryzen has been good. Our first offering using these chips was the Inspiron 17 5000, which Digital Trends wrote about last month:“…the Dell Inspiron 17 will provide a good platform for entry-level gaming, able to run some older titles at 1080p as long as you turn down the graphics detail and to run less-demanding recent titles like eSports and the like. At the same time, the notebook should provide better performance in creative apps like image and video editing than you’ll get with machines that rely solely on Intel’s integrated GPU.”Ryzen was also noted by FastCompany as one of the reasons they selected AMD as one of their “World’s Most Innovative Companies 2018.” As we continue to invest in PC innovation here at Dell, we’re excited to work with partners who share that vision. Last week, Dell launched four new notebooks on Dell.com featuring high-performance AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics or 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors.These new devices mean big things for Dell consumer and business customers alike. Notebooks powered by the new AMD Ryzen™ Mobile processors deliver the performance for today’s fast-paced and demanding world.“All versions of the notebook get a 256-GB SSD. Some might have trouble fitting everything they need on that amount of space, but we’re happy to not see a sluggish hard-drive-only variant,” Tech Report said of the new 13” Inspiron 7000 2-in1. “All AMD-powered Inspiron 7000 13 2-in-1s get the same 1920×1080 IPS touchscreen display.”They’re built to handle all your day-to-day activities with ease and speedy precision, no matter what you do, from streaming to editing, or where you do it. You get desktop-class performance fit into an attractive ultrathin chassis.AMD Ryzen processors feature true processor level intelligence. The built-in AMD Sense MI technologies are a collection of learning and adapting algorithms enabling these new Dell systems to deliver the power-efficient performance required for a true performance ultrathin notebook.With Dell notebooks powered by the AMD Ryzen Mobile Processor with Radeon Vega Graphics, consumers no longer need to switch to a desktop system in order to perform tasks that were not previously possible with an ultrathin. Delivering a no-compromise system, the Ryzen 7 2700U delivers smooth, playable framerates in games, like you’ve never expected from an ultrathin.With 13” and 15” models available, you can find the Dell Inspiron 5000 and Dell Inspiron 7000 with up to AMD Ryzen 7 2700U performance today on Dell.com. The Inspiron 7000 was the first notebook with the AMD Ryzen 7 2700U to reach retail and launched is available now on at Best Buy.Two new 11” notebook models featuring 7th Generation AMD A-Series processors round out this launch. Both of these systems are exclusively powered by AMD processors and enable customers entry price-point options in exciting clamshell and 2-in-1 formats.Inspiron 5000 15 (launched April 3)Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 (launched April 3)Inspiron 11 3000 and 5000 2-in-1 (launched April 3)Inspiron 11 3000 (launched April 3)Inspiron 22” All-in-One (launched February 2018)Inspiron 24” All-in-One (launched February 2018)last_img read more

Young reader’s edition of Michelle Obama’s book out in March

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is heading for new chapters. Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that the former first lady’s multimillion-selling memoir will be released in a young readers edition. It also will finally be coming out as a paperback, more than two years after it was first published. “Becoming” has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Both books are scheduled for March 2. The young readers edition is for ages 10 and up and includes a new introduction from Obama. The paperback edition also features a new introduction by the author, along with a book club guide.last_img read more

SMC promotes entrepreneurship

first_imgIn order to promote female entrepreneurship, Saint Mary’s College created the Women’s Entrepreneurial Initiative (WEI), a program designed to assist current female-owned and operated small businesses and create an interest in entrepreneurship among women, Susan Vance, senior project director for WEI and professor at the College said.In order to help execute the program, the College hired Martha Smith, a local business owner and program director for WEI. Smith has first-hand experience in entrepreneurship.Vance said she hopes the program will become a helpful resource for local businesses.Smith also wants to see the program reach out to female entrepreneurs.“[I hope the program will] provide a forum or a home for businesswomen to come and network and obtain resources and information to run a smoother operation if they already have a business,” Smith said.Smith said she also wanted to see WEI create an interest in owning a business within the College community.According to Vance, the College was awarded a $245,000 Small Business Administration two-year grant to support WEI in October 2009. Since that time the College has worked to aid local female business owners.Vance said the program has a two-part focus.“One part is externally, in the community, we want to be really viewed as the go-to place,” Vance said. “If you’re a woman and you want to start a small business or you want to launch a small business we want you to think about Saint Mary’s as the first place to go to.”Vance said the second part of the program was to focus on educating students about entrepreneurship.“We also are very interested in our Saint Mary’s women as well,” she said. “So what we want to do is engage the Saint Mary’s women with those women within the community, those women business owners. Also in addition to that we want to get students excited about starting their own businesses.”During the Spring 2010 semester, WEI offered a Small Business Consulting course where teams of students were paired with local female-owned companies. During the partnerships, students worked to create plans for better efficiency for the companies.According to Smith, one team of students was able to help a company create better efficiency with a computer program.Smith said Saint Mary’s senior Kathleen Mills was able to simplify a major computer issue at Nicholas J Salon and Spa in South Bend.Smith said Mills and her team of three other students were able to transform a computer task that originally took five hours into a 30 second job.“There was a success story, one of the students solved a problem for a local business owner. [The company] had asituation with the computers and it was taking them five hours to do a job,” Smith said.Smith owns two businesses of her own — a mini storage unit company and a textile company. Both businesses are in the Michiana area. According to Vance, Smith is a valuable asset to the program because she has the capabilities to assist in reaching out to the Latina women interested in entrepreneurship.“I can relate to other women business owners,” Smith said. “I sort of feel their pain and there’s a kinship.”Vance said the College has created a new course that will be supported by the grant. The New Ventures course will allow groups of students to create their own business. Vance will be teaching the course. Students will be responsible for creating their product or service, marketing it to the local community and running the company. Students will be required to take the course for two semesters, and at the end of the second semester they will create an exit strategy and close their company.The money that students have earned from their business will go towards paying of the start-up loan they received at the beginning of the course. After they have paid off their loan, students will donate the money to local charities.Vance said New Ventures will be offered for the first time during the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters.last_img read more

Rocheleau, Rose outline goals

first_imgWho They Are Student body presidential candidate Brett Rocheleau, a junior from Keenan Hall, is a Math and Finance major. Vice presidential candidate Katie Rose, a junior from Pasquerilla East Hall, is an Economics and Political Science major with a minor in International Development Studies. Rocheleau is the current student body vice president and Rose serves as senator for Pasquerilla East and director of the student government Department of Gender Issues. In Their Words Rocheleau and Rose, who are running on a platform they call “Advancing the Vision,” have a to-do list of five items in their plan of action. The list entails: • Improving the constituent service capacity of Notre Dame, both on and off campus. Rocheleau and Rose want to continue the trend of addressing the wants and needs of the student body, saying it will be the primary focus of their administration. • Increasing safety for all students by raising awareness about issues and addressing them effectively. Rocheleau and Rose want to install better lighting on campus and increase blue light phones off campus. They plan to work with Notre Dame Security Police and the Department of Campus Technology to develop a mobile safety app for smart phones. • Deepen relations with the neighboring community of South Bend. Rocheleau and Rose want to attract a specialty grocery store to Eddy Street Commons, such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. They also want to continue past administrations’ work with the Robinson Learning Center and Communiversity Day. • Modernize Notre Dame to make it a 21st Century Catholic university. The ticket wants to focus their efforts on making dorm life more ecologically friendly, updating school policies to reflect current Church teachings, and providing a forum for students to discuss the modernization of Notre Dame Stadium. • Connecting the Notre Dame campus to the global community. Rocheleau and Rose want to continue the work started under this year’s administration, partnering with David Clark Causes to bring a large-scale social justice event to the University. In Our Words • Best Idea: Rocheleau and Rose want to push for the inclusion of a non-discrimination clause and the establishment of a gay-straight alliance on campus. Public opinion and Church teaching on such issues have dramatically shifted in the past few years. • Worst Idea: The ticket plans to attract a high-end grocery store to Eddy Street Commons as an avenue to interact with locals. Such an idea is misguided, however, as stores like Trader Joe’s are too expensive for many residents and students. Their plan to address community relations was weak in general, as Rocheleau and Rose identified the relations as an issue and then outlined a plan to stay the course, saying much of what is currently being done is working. • Most Feasible Idea: Continuing the role of constituency services in student government. A lot has been done in this area through the work of this year’s administration. There is no reason Rocheleau and Rose cannot do the same, especially if they set it as a priority of their term. • Least Feasible Idea: Modernizing Notre Dame Stadium may seem like a nice idea on paper, but the thought that a student forum will change how things have always been done seems far-fetched. While changes have been made in the game day experience this year, these initiatives were not student led. • Notable Quote: “Notre Dame student government should not only be about merits of consequence, but merits of convenience.” –Rocheleau Bottom Line Rocheleau and Rose say their years of experience within student government is a strength of their ticket, and will provide for a smoother than usual transition period between administrations. While their primary goal of promoting constituent services is both achievable and commendable, it is nothing revolutionary, as it has been the priority of this year’s administration. At times, both Rocheleau and Rose seemed naïve about the goals they want to achieve — they identify student-community relations as an issue and then say the current method of addressing that area is working. They also have somewhat lofty goals in terms of campus safety and modernization. Rocheleau and Rose certainly have the experience to do the job. Only time will tell if they can achieve what they set out to do.last_img read more

In the president’s classroom

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story is the first installment in a two-part series on University President Emeritus Fr. Edward Malloy’s presence at Notre Dame. This series is also the second of three similar “From the Office of the President” series on the University presidency to appear in coming weeks. During the first semester Fr. Edward Malloy taught at Notre Dame, he taught more classes than any other faculty member at the time. “I taught six sections each semester because I was supposed to teach two semesters of seminar, and I had too many students,” he said. “So in a burst of young enthusiasm, I broke it into six sections. … I taught one seminar from midnight to 2:30 in the morning because I couldn’t find enough available time otherwise. But I loved it.” That semester as a seminar professor was Malloy’s first as a teacher at Notre Dame. His career eventually led him to the Office of the President, where he served from 1987 to 2005. During those 18 years in office, Malloy changed Notre Dame. The number of faculty members increased by more than 500. Notre Dame’s study abroad programs spread from nine countries to 17. He brought more diversity to the University, increasing the percentage of minority students from seven percent to 18 percent of the undergraduate population. Malloy changed Notre Dame. But before, during and after his tenure in the Office of the President, one constant remains. He teaches. As he sat in his office this week, Malloy looked back on his days as a high school basketball player and his one semester as an engineering major, his call to the priesthood on top of a mountain in Mexico and the beginning of his administrative life at Notre Dame years later. He leaned back in his chair, balancing precariously on its two wooden legs. “What I love about teaching in college is it’s a pivotal moment in people’s lives. They’re away from home, they’re refining their talents, they’re preparing to do all these things, choices about what they want to do with their lives, choices about the possibility of marriage and family. So I always thought about what a great opportunity it would be to teach at that level.” At the beginning of his presidency, Malloy decided he would continue to live in Sorin College among students. He would continue to make time in the classroom part of his routine, teaching a class on literature and film for the Department of English. The Board of Trustees bet he would move out of Sorin and change his mind after six months, he said. He never did. “I was always intrigued [by teaching], ’cause I loved my days at Notre Dame, about the possibility of teaching at a place like this,” he said. “I lived out my dream. The teaching style Malloy developed as a professor in English and theology began before teaching even crossed his mind, and it carried through to his leadership style at the head of the University. “I think from the days I was in high school, I was comfortable in public speaking,” he said. “I think a lot of it has to do with being a basketball player, where you can focus on shooting foul shots with all the people waving their arms trying to distract you. … I think you can learn how to focus on the activity as opposed to all the distractions that are around you.” As a teacher and lecturer, the former president stood in front of audiences of students, academics, alumni and others on hundreds of occasions. “I never use a text or an outline or notes,” he said. “So I talk before 10,000 people or 20,000 people or five people, and I mean, I prepare, but I do it from my head. … That’s my style.” Now, Malloy no longer teaches six classes per semester. His one course each term focuses on autobiographical or biographical books and movies, but that style he developed as a young teacher is still important. “I try to make it a true seminar so I get all the students engaged every class, they have to talk every class,” he said. “And I have to shut up the people that talk all the time and some people say nothing all semester, so I have to elicit their participation. So I think I came to appreciate because of that experience the seminar style of teaching.” In the same way he encouraged his students to participate in class and work together, Malloy pushed his administration to be a cohesive team. Everyone gets a turn, everyone speaks up. “I’m very group and collaboration oriented,” he said. “So I like to give a lot of effort to establishing our goals and set priorities and things like that, but then I would entrust the responsibility for the follow-through in different areas of the University to the people who were supposed to be doing it. … I really believe in group effort.” While he never teaches the same material twice, he said he does like to bring the coursework back to a Notre Dame connection. “I think it allows a kind of identification between the students and the student material we’re looking at,” he said. His curriculum has included “What Though The Odds,” an autobiography by Notre Dame alumna Haley Scott DeMaria, who came into his class and discussed the book with his students, Malloy said. “It was just unbelievably good,” he said. “And somebody asked her at the end, after her story of recovery and swimming again and now living a full life as a mother and coach and teacher and all that, what about pain? She says, ‘I live with pain. … But it’s better than all the other alternatives. You move on in life.’ It was a very powerful moment.” One of his former students, Alex Montoya, who has three prosthetic limbs, also became a part of Malloy’s class again when the former president included his book “Swinging for the Fences” in his syllabus. “[Montoya] was a valuable member of the class, but he also taught us something,” Malloy said. “We had to adjust. People had to come to class with him, help him up the steps with his books and all that stuff. Anyway, he wrote a book about his experience, which has a whole chapter on my class, so we used his book too.” But more important to Malloy than teaching his students about other people’s lives are the moments when he gets to learn about their own stories. After years as a University president, a Sorin Hall resident and a teacher, he still works to engage the students he meets in the classroom. “The first class, they have to tell their story,” he said. “We spent the whole class getting to know each other before we start talking about the elements of the class, and it’s a great opportunity. I really get to know my students.” He’s writing his ninth book. He serves on the board for Notre Dame Australia and a number of national organizations. He remains active with local organizations like the Robinson Community Learning Center and the South Bend Center for the Homeless. But for one class period a week, Malloy is still a teacher. “My job description now is I can do whatever I want basically, but I’ve kept teaching because I enjoy teaching,” he said. Tomorrow: Malloy on the voice of a University priest-president, facing controversy under the dome, looking ahead to Notre Dame’s next step at a top-tier college and more.last_img read more

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII canonized in Vatican City

first_imgOn Sunday, the legacies of four popes combined in St. Peter’s Square when John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized by Pope Francis in a Mass attended by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.Vatican Radio estimated that around 800,000 people flocked to the St. Peter’s Square area Sunday, making it the largest event in Vatican City since Pope Francis’s 2013 election.Timothy O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, said because the canonization of popes is a rare occassion, the celebration of two in a single ceremony was unique.“There’s a special joy in this ceremony of John Paul II being canonized, because he canonized the greatest number of saints by far, more than anyone else before him,” O’Malley said. “He had a very deep commitment to the lives of the saints, and so it’s fitting that he’ll be canonized now and join their ranks.”O’Malley said John XXIII’s canonization was prompted by the whole Church asking for him to be recognized as a saint and to celebrate his feast day.“John XXIII has been Blessed for a long time … but when you’re beatified, you’re not put automatically on the universal calendar of the Church,” he said. “Dioceses asked to celebrate his feast, showing that John XXIII has become universally important, and thus his canonization is a recognition that the whole Church already perceives him as a saint.”The dual papal canonization took place on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day very important to John Paul II’s spirituality — but while the Polish pontiff had more connections to the specific date, O’Malley said the decision to canonize the two together is significant.“John XXIII was someone who set forth the Second Vatican Council, and John Paul II had such a force on implementing it in the way that he did,” O’Malley said. “There’s a way in which both popes are taken up into this [date].” Photo courtesy of Michael Kane Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on April 20. The pontiff led a dual papal canonization ceremony in the Vatican on Sunday, recognizing the sainthood of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.John XXIII led the Church from 1958-1963, succeeded by Paul VI and John Paul I. John Paul II was pope from 1978-2005, then Benedict XVI led from 2005 until February 2013, and Francis was installed March 13, 2013. O’Malley said all four popes were interested in the relationship of the Church to the modern world and sought particular ways to deal with that. “You can see John XXIII’s calling of the Second Vatican Council as a promulgation of the Church’s openness to the world,” he said. “And with Pope John Paul II, in some ways he was responsible for the fall of communism in Poland. When he went to Poland in the earliest days of his papacy, it changed the world.”He said as a scholar, Benedict has used his writing and explanations of the faith “to engage seriously with the world,” even writing a letter “as a very serious response … in a spirit of love and charity” to an atheist who critiqued his book “Introduction to Christianity.” O’Malley said Francis also has sought to actively engage the world with Catholicism.“I think you can say that they all have different understandings of the world … but all of them are serious about the Church’s engagement in the world,” he said.O’Malley said he had no doubt that the legacies of John XXIII and John Paul II have shaped Notre Dame and its mission.“John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council, and perhaps nothing has done more to shape the University’s mission and identity than its understanding of its relationship to the world,” he said. “As far as John Paul II goes … it’s a remarkable thing to think that basically from the late 70s to the year 2005, every student who came to Notre Dame knew John Paul II as Pope, the only Pope they’d had.“So that means a great deal of religious life, religious philosophy, the things that we study in the classroom, Catholic Social Teaching — it was shaped by John Paul II. Which means that a great deal of the religious intellectual life here on campus has been formed by that pope.“Notre Dame is different because these two popes existed, just as the whole Church is.”Tags: canonization, Catholic, John Paul II, John XXIII, Pope, saint, Vaticanlast_img read more

Notre Dame invests in turbomachinery facility

first_imgIn June, the University announced a project to build the nation’s premier turbine engine component research and testing facility, which will give researchers and students the opportunity to study and improve upon the technology used in aircraft and power production, according to a Notre Dame press release.The $36 million project, in which other partners include General Electric (GE), the city of Sound Bend, the state of Indiana, Great Lakes Capital and Indiana Michigan Power, will be completed by March 2015 and fully operational by July 2016, the press release said. Notre Dame will contribute $7.5 million to the project, which will occupy 25,000 square feet of South Bend’s Ignition Park and directly generate 60 new jobs.Notre Dame Vice President for Research Robert Bernhard said the project will also allow unparalleled academic opportunities for students.“The facility is able to support experiments at the extreme conditions [such as temperature, pressure and velocity] of real gas turbine engines,” Bernhard said. “Students will have better access to observe these conditions than any other facility in the world with the opportunity to learn about the physics of gas flow in gas turbine engines.“In addition, the experimental measurements made in this facility are unique. Undergraduate and graduate students will learn about very unique measurement methods that are state-of-the-art.”The research students and Notre Dame faculty perform could also directly translate into new techniques or products for turbine producers, Bernhard said.“The research our faculty and students will conduct at the facility could be implemented by gas turbine engine manufacturers within several years,” he said. “The various studies might result in higher engine efficiency, better performance, lower emissions or lower costs or some combination of these factors.”University President Fr. John Jenkins said the project will stimulate the local economy as well as produce unique educational opportunities.“This venture will be a cutting-edge research and testing facility for the turbine engine industry as well as a tremendous economic driver for our region,” Jenkins said in a statement. “Notre Dame is grateful to our partners for their support of this project and excited about all that it will mean to our University, the city and state, the industry as a whole and our nation.”The facility is expected to create more than $15 million in expenditures annually, and Indiana governor Mike Pence said it highlights Indiana’s growing presence in the aerospace industry.“The aerospace industry is reaching new heights in Indiana,” Pence said, according to the press release. “Universities like Notre Dame and others across the state are providing avenues for discovery, proving that the sky is the limit in Indiana when it comes to bringing a big vision to life. The next great technological innovation could come from the mind of a Hoosier, highlighting for the world the full range of possibilities when investing in a state that works.”Rick Stanley, vice president and chief technologist for GE’s Power and Water business and a 1980 Notre Dame alumnus, said the facility will continue Notre Dame’s fruitful relationship with GE.“The center will allow GE’s industrial businesses to simulate full-scale engine operating environments,” Stanley said in a statement. “The important rig testing we will do at the center builds upon GE’s already strong and long-standing technical relationship with the University. For years, GE has turned to Notre Dame for top technical talent.”South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal said the project illustrates the city’s commitment to business innovation and economic development.“Attracting such major investment speaks to South Bend’s economic future and its capacity to attract high-tech businesses,” Neal said in the press release. “This project continues our city’s history of innovation and is more evidence of the benefits that South Bend’s economic and geographic advantages offer.”Tags: Aerospace, aerospace engineering, General Electric, Ignition Park, research, South Bend, Turbine Engines, Turbomachinerylast_img read more

Grammy-winning baritone to serve as artist-in-residence

first_imgThe Notre Dame Department of Music will welcome Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn as artist-in-residence next week as the beginning of a four-year stint during which the acclaimed musician will perform for the Notre Dame community, instruct students and collaborate with faculty, department chair Peter Smith said.Gunn, who grew up in South Bend, felt drawn to Notre Dame not only because of his ties to the city, but because of his past interactions with the University as well, Smith said. “The idea of … this artist-in-residence position was an outgrowth of those two components — that [Gunn] had gotten to know some of our faculty members, he had worked with some of our students, he had performed here and his family was here too,” he said.Smith said Gunn would participate in the standard responsibilities of an artist-in-residence — giving performances as well as conducting master classes, which allow one student to receive voice instruction while others look on. However, Gunn will approach the position far more personally than past artists-in-residence, beginning next week when he will provide one-on-one voice lessons to five students, Smith said. Gunn will also visit classes and work on scholarly pursuits with faculty.Fifth-year senior Elizabeth Curtin, one of the students who will work one-on-one with Gunn, said she is looking forward to the opportunities a Grammy Award-winning artist can provide to students, many of whom have heard Gunn perform before.“I couldn’t be more excited about Nathan spending some time with us at Notre Dame,” Curtin said. “I have had the privilege of watching him perform several times, and actually having the opportunity to interact with and learn from him will just be fantastic for the music students here, especially those studying voice.”Curtin said Gunn will be effective in helping music majors develop their talents.“Nathan Gunn, besides being an expert in his field, is also extremely approachable and down-to-earth,” Curtin said. “I anticipate that the students will find it easy to work with him and that he will be able to offer insight in his coaching sessions that is accessible and relevant to the aspiring musicians of today.”Gunn’s activities will impact not only music students, but also the campus community as well, Smith said.  Gunn will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ for the University and South Bend communities March 1 of next year.“For the campus community, having someone like [Gunn] doing public events and performing is of course an enrichment,” he said. “If [students] went to hear Nathan sing at the Lyric Opera in Chicago and they wanted a reasonably good ticket, it would cost several hundred dollars. Whereas here, the student price is probably $20.”Overall, adding Gunn to the Department of Music’s programs and plans is an incredible opportunity, Smith said.“Any school of music — Julliard or Indiana University Bloomington, the Curtis Institute of [Music], or the New England Conservatory of Music — any top conservatory or school of music in the country, even the world, would consider themselves fortunate to have this kind of opportunity,” Smith said. “And we’re getting it here at Notre Dame.”Tags: artist in residence, baritone, Department of Music, Music, Nathan Gunnlast_img read more