IST students to take NERV to Harrisburg

September 17, 2008

A team of students from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) will have a chance to share the "NERV Solution" with state legislators in Harrisburg next month.

The seven-person group, led by security and risk analysis (SRA) major Alexandra Pichardo, will be part of a four-team Penn State contingent participating in the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol program (URC) to be held Oct. 7 in the east wing rotunda and atrium of the state Capitol Building. The three other Penn State teams are from the College of Engineering.

The IST team’s poster presentation focuses on NERV, a Network Emergency Response Vehicle for extreme events experimentation and live exercises — a rolling command and control unit that can be used for disaster and emergency response.

At the event, the students will have the opportunity to discuss their work with invited elected officials.

"I'm excited to be participating and can't wait," said Pichardo.

With her on the IST team are fellow SRA major John Staedt and IST majors Mike Jones, Rob Hooper, Megan Costello, Vince Paglione and Tom Keller. Stanley Aungst, IST professor of practice, is adviser to the group.

URC brings together students, faculty members and Pennsylvania legislators to share the experiences of students engaged in research or scholarship at their colleges and universities. The event is coordinated by Widener University for institutions of higher learning across the Commonwealth. According to lead organizer Carl Salter of Moravian College, 47 teams presented posters in 2007, representing 30 institutions.

IST is considering such a NERV for research and learning in conjunction with the Center for Network-centric Cognition and Information Fusion (NC2IF) and the center-related Extreme Events Laboratory. Steps already have been taken to create the command center and communications systems and cyber-infrastructure to support such a vehicle.

NC2IF is sponsor of the IST NERV student team.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009