SBU CIS Student ‘Secures’ Third Place At AITP Nationals
Ryan Thomas Photo: Image by Photo provided by Maaura Stucky
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BOLIVAR, Mo. — Southwest Baptist University senior computer science/mathematics major
Ryan Thomas of Tulsa, Okla., finished third in the Security Scenario competition at the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) National Collegiate Conference (NCC) in St. Louis, Mo., April 6.
“It was a very competitive field this year,” said Dr. Tim DeClue, Computer and Information Science Department Chair. “And Ryan deserves a lot of credit for this award. He is a great student, of course, but he has a real passion forsecurity issues, especially when protecting and securing personal, corporate and national defense data is so important. God blessed our efforts this weekend among some real powerhouses at the national level.”
Thomas competed as a solo team, one of 49 teams in the competition. Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., took first place, and University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla., took second.
AITP is the leading worldwide society of information technology business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of leaders. The AITP National Collegiate Conference is the single largest event sponsored by AITP.
Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences was founded in 1984 and is home to five full-time faculty, 90 students majoring in computer science, computer information science, or web systems and design. Many computer science majors also complete a degree in mathematics.
SBU CIS is a nationally recognized leader in undergraduate computing degrees at purposefully Christian institutions. SBU CIS alums occupy positions of leadership at Accenture, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Google,Garmin, Wal-Mart Information Systems Division, Cerner Corp. and many other highly-respected companies.