How North Texas Universities Are Improving Tech Education

Sat, Apr 1, 2017

By Jeff Bounds

It’s doubtful that Gopal Gupta’s predecessors faced the same challenges the India native does in growing the computer science department at the University of Texas at Dallas. Student enrollment in the field at UTD nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016, from 1,675 to 3,250—making it one of the biggest academic departments in any subject in the United States, he says.

Gupta, who became department chair in 2009, added 29 faculty members during that timeframe, giving him 86 now. He will need more funding to continue growing, an issue he says UTD is working on. “The biggest challenge is in increasing the faculty...

Professor combines tech and business

Tue, Feb 2, 2016 - 8:00am

by Melina Orantes

Cal Poly Pomona was the perfect fit for recently hired Assistant Professor Mohammad Salehan, who is doing a lot of research in big data. His knowledge combined with his background made him a perfect candidate to be part of the Computer Information Systems Department.

“We’ll have a new track inside the department, which is the business analytics track,” said Salehan. “We’ll start in 2017, and I’m the course coordinator for the big data mining class course.”

Salehan comes from a computer software engineering background, as he studied the subject in his native Iran. He then went on to earn a...

Group picks Denton to pilot new mobile app

Sat, Dec 5, 2015 - 8:47pm

by Kim Phillips

There are times technology’s takeover of the world is overwhelming. Other times, its allure makes sense because it is fun. Last Wednesday was one of those times.

Introducing Kwest. Andrew Brown and Omeed Shams are young entrepreneurs who selected Denton as one of three Texas cities to pilot their new brainchild, a GPS-triggered app designed to facilitate discovery within a destination.

“When I moved to Dallas from Amarillo, everyone said there was nothing to do,” Brown said. “I found a lot happening, but the people around me preferred games on their phones over getting out. That’s how I got...

Tags: Alumni, app, tech, UNT

3rd annual Startup Weekend Denton hosted at UNT’s Makerspace

Tue, Nov 10, 2015 - 9:40pm

by Kyle Taylor

The hardest part of starting up is starting out.

The weekend of Nov. 13 to 15 marks the 3rd annual Startup Weekend Denton. After existing in Dallas for years, we brought this event up to Denton in 2013, and it has grown exponentially every year since. Startup Weekend invites designers, developers, marketers, and students into an ideal environment for sparking that startup magic.

We support anyone who has an idea, from seasoned entrepreneurs to garage founders, to pitch and build their startup in only 54 hours with access to the best tools, experienced mentors, and surround you with smart,...

How Dell's acquisition of EMC affects VMware EUC, Citrix

Tue, Oct 13, 2015 - 12:00pm

by Ramin Edmond

Dell made the biggest bet the IT industry has ever seen this week with the acquisition of EMC and VMware, and while it's a risky move, it is one that gives the legacy IT vendor a massive presence in the mobile market.

Dell bought EMC for $67 billion in the largest tech acquisition ever, and VMware is part of this deal as EMC owns it.

VMware will remain its own publicly-held company, independent from...