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For Immediate Release
August 23, 2012

New Information Technology Program Off to a Rousing Start

Key Info

  • Information Technology degree program starts strong with 44 majors
  • IT degree program initiated in response to business needs
  • Demand for IT specialists driven by continued need for businesses, government, and other organizations to adopt latest technologies

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is meeting the needs of the business community with its new Information Technology degree program offered by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science and the Department of Computer, Electrical, and Information Technology (CEIT). The degree program, which is in its first semester, already has 44 students declared as majors. Gary Steffen, chair and associate professor of CEIT, says they are thrilled with the number, which is higher than expected. “We started this program because we heard from a number of companies that they really needed people who can design, develop, program, and implement information technology-based systems,” he said.

Steffen added that the students who graduate with a degree in information technology will be “…prepared for both existing and emerging careers in the application of information technology in a variety of industries, including business, manufacturing, law enforcement, and healthcare. Our students will learn how to increase efficiencies as they work with computer applications, management information systems, databases, and computer networks. Their tasks will include planning, analyzing, designing, constructing, and maintaining these areas. Professors, using hands-on projects, will instill strong technical skills, a thorough understanding of business needs, and the ability to communicate effectively with customers, peers, and industry leaders.”

For more information about the program and its requirements, contact Steffen at 260-481-6433 or