New IST club explores emerging Web technologies

February 24, 2009

A new club in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is creating an outlet for students to discuss emerging Web technologies.

Formed by IST students Rich Samartino and John Cross, the Web Science Club will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on March 3 in room 201A IST Building. The club is open to all Penn State students.

According to Samartino, the club discusses ideas such as how the Web is changing the way people communicate, the impact of emerging technologies including social networking and the how the Web should evolve in the future. Meetings include student-led research and analysis and feature presentations from students and guest speakers.

“We formed this club because many IST students already have an interest in the Web and because Web science is so crucial to shaping the future of Web and the world,” Samartino said.

Bart Pursel, an IST instructor and instructional designer, serves as the club’s adviser. For more information about the club, visit the club’s Web site: or contact Samartino at

Last Updated March 19, 2009