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  • Diebold, university team for cloud computer class

  • University of Akron students and Diebold engineers are teaming up to explore the uncharted virtual world of cloud computing. Akron is offering a cloud computing course series that strives to turn concepts into reality.

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  • Diebold engineers and University of Akron students are teaming up to explore the clouds, as in cloud computing.
    Six of the company’s engineers and a dozen of Akron’s computer science students will participate in three cloud computing courses at the university.
    Diebold hopes the program will help its engineers learn how industry can get more use from cyberspace resources. At the same time, the program will give the students specialized training that should allow them to help industry as soon as they graduate.
     Natalie Gainer, Diebold vice president for terminal applications software, called the program ground-breaking because most work in cloud computing has been handled by industry and researchers
    Akron officials said that only a handful of cloud computing have been offered in universities.
    “We’re starting from scratch, looking at it and teaching it from our industrial partner’s point of view,” said Kathy Liszka, a computer science professor. “In the process of taking the classes and being mentored by Diebold software engineers, our students will receive the training and job-readiness necessary for them to meet industry needs.”
    Frank Natoli, a Diebold executive vice president and the chief innovation officer, said collaborating with Akron should help the company attract and retain top talent. At the same time Diebold employees will learn as they mentor students and help them develop new computer skills.
    Computer technology changes quickly and working with the students will help Diebold engineers refresh their skills, Natoli said.
    The classes begin this semester and continue through the spring and summer semesters of 2013. Topics cover cloud computing fundamentals, tools and platforms; cloud website pages or applications that use or combine data, presentation or functionality from multiple sources to create new services; best practices in cloud applications; and cloud security.
    Diebold engineers worked with Akron professors to shape the program’s curriculum. Company and university personnel began late last year discussing a possible cloud project and it evolved into the three classes, Gainer said.
    The Diebold engineers attending the course have done research and various projects with cloud technologies since early 2011.