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MCCC Computer Technology Students Visit Major Data Center at Princeton University


West Windsor, N.J. – In March, nine Mercer County Community College (MCCC) American Honors students and their professor, Terry Voldase, had an opportunity to visit a high performance computing research center at Princeton University (PU) as part of their Computer Concepts and Applications (IST101) class.

According to Voldase, MCCC Assistant Professor of Business and Technology, the Data Center is a state-of-the-art facility that houses the servers supporting research computing on the Princeton campus.  Dr. Jay Dominick, Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, facilitated the tour, while Matt Perry, Data Center Facilities Manager, and Chuck Augustine, Senior Manager for Distributed Research Computing Support, were the group’s tour guides.

Professor Voldase noted that the tour brought textbook learning to life. “This trip was a great opportunity for students to experience first-hand what data servers and super computers look like," she said. "There are literally hundreds of computers in that building.  Students were able to observe the operations of a modern data center and view the technology required to keep it running.”

Students, from left, Alexander Ivanoff, Ousman Joof, Kim Murphy (front), Simran Chadha, Jenna Karluk, Huy Muien Nguyen, Christie Flock, Danielle Slaboda and Thomas Dominick, with Prof. Voldase.

Professor Voldase plans to continue the collaboration with PU in order to make this experience available to more MCCC students in the future.

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Glenn Kraft