University Park, PA – It is estimated that all data generated or used in 2020 will be about 59 ZBB, one billion terabytes each. If each terabyte represents one mile, 59 zettabytes would allow about 10 full-round trips from Earth to Pluto.
According to Rebecca Napolitano, Assistant Professor of Architecture in Penn State, understanding and managing information requires strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, skills that are essential for engineering students. However, contextual information science courses that teach students to apply such skills to fields – including the need for information management in other fields – are not usually a requirement for students in engineering and other subjects.
Napolitano leads national multidisciplinary research teams by developing a curriculum for information science and human resource development that can be disseminated in engineering disciplines and institutions. The teams recently received two grants of $ 2.25 million – $ 1.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation through the Harong Information Revolution Request Program and $ 750 from the Energy Department.
“We do not have to re-invent the wheel,” said Napolitano. “We want to reduce the barrier for teachers who want to bring information science into their curriculum. We want professors who have no background in information science to use our framework and easily run with it to help their students succeed.
NSF Financial Support – Influencing students and the community
In collaboration with NSSF, Napolitano is working with a number of other professors in Penn State and across the country to build an information science curriculum framework that will help students connect between the information science and the engineering industry and its impact on their communities. – What you do not learn in the required engineering courses.
Pen State Faculty members Nathan Brown, Assistant Professor of Building Engineering, Yuking Hu, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Greg Pavlak, Assistant Professor of Building Engineering, Associate Professor of Building Engineering, Ryan Solnosky, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Building Engineer Robert Kimmel, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Wesley Reinhardt, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, are key investigators on the project. Partners include Texas A&M, George Mason University, University of New Mexico and Tennessee State University.
Napolitano leads the team in developing course modules that focus on information science, problem solving, and community awareness. The content of the course module will help students understand how data science relates to a particular engineering field and how information science skills can influence their community.
To support the ultimate goal, the team plans to partner with local communities, as well as industry, to align their curriculum with manpower expectations and help students access data-focused projects. For example, in an existing relationship with the Netanya Ii Alliance, students will have access to Central County’s location information related to county infrastructure, business and housing, and family income in each district. Students report what methods they use to analyze their findings and information.
“The call for NSF suggestions was really focused on the inclusion of this community of ideas and data sets,” said Napolitano. I had never thought of it before, but as I read the call, I realized how much more effective this project would be if we received information from local community partners.
Napolitano said the students will see how local businesses and organizations use data sets and better understand how to analyze that data.
“The local community is very happy to be working with us, and the students enjoy not only the numbers I make, but also the real-world data,” said Napolitano.
The team will partner with two K-12 schools interested in implementing extracurricular programs and information science practices for their students. The group plans to provide additional resources to future K-12 students.
DOE Financial Support – Impact on Students and the Environment
With funding from DOE, Napolitano and her team – including Brown, Hu, Greg Pavlak and Soloskin – focus on how to integrate computational concepts into the energy context of buildings and how they affect national and national laboratories. Manpower related to power.
The grant program has funded 44 projects, all focused on lowering US energy bills and investing in President Joe Biden’s new energy-saving construction technologies, construction practices, and US-based buildings by 2050 to achieve net zero carbon emissions. .
The Napolitano team collaborates with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and existing architecture-oriented programs in a number of institutions: Pen State, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, George Mason University, Oklahoma State University, New Mexico University, Austin University, Austin University And Tennessee State University: Curriculum Development, Data Collection Strengthening, and Resource Sharing: Incorporating Power Facility Calculation and Information Science into Construction Engineering Curriculum
Napolitano’s team analyzes students’ mathematical understanding and their understanding of work in national laboratories and builds materials on how to build energy awareness and how it affects energy-related manpower.
Napolitano plans to make the curriculum web-based for both projects, so it can be easily disseminated and available to anyone who wants to integrate the concepts into their courses. According to Napolitano, the “plug-in” game curriculum provides valuable resources to professors and teachers who are regularly trained in information science and mathematics.
According to Napolitano, the nature of the Penn State collaboration made it easier for her and her team to include multiple teams in this project and cover a wide range of topics in information science education.
“One of the reasons I came to Penn State was because everyone was so cooperative,” said Napolitano. “The sentiments of the Penn State community and the idea that ‘the village will take over’ were the reasons why these relief plans were successful, which I love here and why these projects are so influential.