Whether they’re in first grade, grad school or somewhere in between, most students nationwide have returned to the classroom for the fall semester. Here in Carbondale, Illinois, home of Southern Illinois University (SIU), classes were originally scheduled to start on August 21. But the beginning of the semester was delayed by the eclipse, which reached its point of greatest duration nearby on that day.
Now that all the eclipse excitement is over (at least until April 8, 2024, when Carbondale will be ground zero for another total eclipse), students are settling into the rhythms of academic life — more students than ever before, in some fields of study. SIU’s Department of Computer Science, chaired by Professor Shahram Rahimi, has doubled its enrollment since 2010.
Enrollment in the computer science discipline is also up at universities like Stanford and MIT. That’s good news because computer science expertise is increasingly in demand as organizations seek digital transformation and look to data analysis and machine learning for insight. In that way, organizations of all types have a stake in the education of today’s students, the workforce of the future.
As an SIU alumnus who had to leave Carbondale to pursue my technology career, I’m pleased that today’s students have options right here at home that weren’t available back then. Carbondale is now home to Liaison’s growing Managed Services team. The company opened the Carbondale office about six years ago, and today, nearly 50 of our local team members are SIU graduates.
The Liaison team has formed a positive, mutually beneficial partnership with SIU’s Department of Computer Science over the past few years. As Professor Rahimi noted during a recent conversation, it’s a natural relationship, given our mutual interest in expanding technical knowledge and exploring the possibilities of a data-driven future.
Like Liaison, the SIU Department of Computer Science is growing rapidly. Professor Rahimi reports that due to the enrollment uptick, the university has hired more faculty and made significant investments in its facilities. The upgrades include new labs, where students can pursue research today that will power tomorrow’s technology revolutions.
SIU graduates are working with many area businesses, including Liaison, to drive a wave of innovation in Carbondale that ripples far beyond Illinois. Led in part by SIU alumni working from the Carbondale facility, Liaison’s Managed Services team is taking on data projects and offering flexible, scalable services that help organizations of all types achieve their objectives.
If your company is looking for data integration, management and security services, our team of experts in Carbondale can help, backed by the award-winning ALLOYTM Platform. We’ve got the technology you need to reach your data-inspired future and the difficult-to-find expertise you’ll require as you scale up operations. In Carbondale, it’s back to school…and back to the future.