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IT Department Offers Computer Forensics Course

    As part of its effort to introduce students to exciting and new subjects, AUIS’s Information Technology department offered a new special topic as an introductory course to computer forensics during the Spring 2019 academic semester. The primary goal of the course was to enable students to gain an understanding of computer forensics, how it is carried out, and what different technologies are used in the field. Taught by senior lecturer, Mr. Katongo Lukwesa, students were guided through different scenarios and taught skills that will help them use various tools, along with foundational knowledge on legal considerations of forensics.    Computer forensics expert, Dr. Amelia Phillips’s book Guide to Computer Forensics and Investigation was used to teach the new course. Dr. Phillips received her bachelors and masters degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her Ph.D. from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is currently a tenured professor at Highline College in Washington, USA covering Computer Information Systems/Computer Science. As part of the course material and coverage, students had a unique opportunity to interact with Dr. Phillips via Skype during a special classroom session, hearing firsthand from the author of their textbook.   Dr. Hemin Latif, Assistant Professor and Chair of the IT Department, said of the new course: “One of the beauties of our education system at AUIS is the room for students and faculty to experience new materials, to introduce new topics, and to explore new knowledge areas in addition to their required courses. The introduction of this course has been a very rewarding experience for the professor and the department. I am sure the students appreciate and enjoy the covered material as well as the opportunity.”   On the same topic, student Yad Luqman said he enjoyed the class and found the subject matter relevant to IT. “The class was fun and very interesting, and my favorite moments were those that Mr. Katongo related the class topics to real life situations. I wish more classes in this field could be offered so that students can understand the gravity of the subject and then dive deep into it.”   “It’s amazing to see how wide the field of IT is,” said student Rand Salahudin. “Forensics was a totally new term to me in the beginning, and I’m really satisfied with everything I have learned in this class and all my other IT classes.”    

The IT minor at AUIS has a new design!

  Digital skills have been in high demand by employers for a long time by now. Computers are used in almost every workplace for various purposes, regardless of your profession or degree. However, digital skills are not limited to complex technical capabilities, such as programming and networking that students majoring in IT usually learn. That's why the IT Department at AUIS has updated the IT minor to fulfill the ever-growing demand of IT skills all around the world, and to make the minor really fun!   With the new minor in IT, students will acquire various skills through interesting and hands-on courses. For example, students will learn not only how to code in the Creative Coding course, but also how to achieve visually appealing artistic projects. A Rapid Online Presence course will teach students how to create professional websites without getting into the many technical details of HTML, CSS, or JavaScript.   The updated IT minor removes difficult technical requirements and replaces them with a an enjoyable and hands-on experience. This will help students minoring in IT to gain a level of IT knowledge crucial for all workplaces in today’s job market regardless of their major. These new courses are also valuable as electives for students majoring in IT. Learn and explore the new IT minor and see how you can gain the latest knowledge to enrich your valuable skills. IT has never been this fun!  

IT Department hosts blockchain technology seminar and workshop

  As part of its Fall 2018 calendar of events, the AUIS IT Department, in cooperation with the non-profit organization Re:Coded, hosted a seminar and a workshop on blockchain technology on October 30 and November 10, 2018, respectively. Ehsan Ibrahim, a blockchain specialist and trainer from Re:Coded led both the seminar and the workshop. Ehsan provided an introduction to blockchain technology during the seminar, explaining key terms about the topic, and how it is used in the IT industry from a non-technical perspective. The workshop followed the seminar, in which Ibrahim delivered a more technical presentation on blockchain, with examples, hands-on practice, and coding. During the second part of the workshop, AUIS students in attendance were guided through a practical session with a virtual network called Ethereum using Ganache, then students uploaded their own code to the virtual blockchain. Dr. Hemin Latif, Assistant Professor and Chair of the IT Department at AUIS stated, “Creating and maintaining an intellectual link between the IT faculty and the IT practitioners from the industry is vital to the success of education.” “In a field such as IT, neither industry nor university alone can give the full breadth of the knowledge to the students,” Latif continue. After the workshop, student participant, Kamaran Ashraf said he anticipates this new technology will change the way people look at connections on the Internet. “The concern lies in saving milliseconds on transaction times and having reliable point-to-point security, essentially eliminating mediators,” he said. The blockchain events were just one of several seminars and workshops arranged by the AUIS IT Department this semester as part of an effort to introduce students to trending topics in the tech world.

IT Department at AUIS Welcomes New Staff

  Dr. Hemin Latif, Chair of the Information Technology department at AUIS, announced September 13, 2018 his department had welcomed two new staff members to the team for the fall 2018 semester.   The IT department was one of the first academic departments established at AUIS and offers a variety of classes on information technology and new technological innovation. With state-of-the-art facilities, ambitious students and eager learners are equipped with tools to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Engaged, qualified faculty and staff add even more value to the academic experience.   “The addition of these new staff members, Ms. Shene Jalil Jamal and Mr. Mohammed Dler, will help ensure the department excels, fulfills all needs and expectations, and provides excellent services to the AUIS community, especially to IT students,” Dr. Latif said.   Ms. Jalil holds an MSc. Degree in Software Systems and Internet Technology from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. She also holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Sulaimani. Ms. Jalil has over six years experience teaching at different universities in the region. Her academic interests include software development and web technologies. She will serve as an adjunct lecturer in the IT Department, teaching the Computer Science and IT Applications class this semester.   Mr. Dler is a recent IT graduate from AUIS and will serve in the capacity of IT Lab Assistant. Mr. Dler previously worked at AUIS as an APP Language Coordinator. He is excited to come back to AUIS and is eager to help the department succeed.     “I am confident this department will continue on the path towards growth and expansion,” Dr. Latif said. “Ms. Shene and Mr. Mohammed are going to play a valuable role in the future plans for the department.”  

Android Bootcamp: A 6 Days Course

The IT Department is offering a 6-days Android Bootcamp course to our IT students. The course starts on April 8th and ends on April 19th. The course will be taught by an AUIS IT alumnus, Mr. Botan Burhan, whom recently finished an extensive 6 months course on the subject. He would like to share his knowledge with 20 students. he course will be on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the IT Research Lab, A-B1-03.

CAE and Modern Engineering Seminar

  Join us to find out about how Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) is leading innovation within the engineering industry and how this tool is utilized across a number of sectors.    TECOSIM Group is specilized in engineering services for product development. It is a market leader in numerical calculation and simulation (CAE) and a provider of development processes and software. TECOSIM creates solutions for transport, energy, industry & technology and health.    Chalac Hamza, a CAE engineer at TECOSIM Technical Simulations, will be holding an exclusive seminar at AUIS to discuss the benefits of implementing CAE in engineering and product development.   April 9, 2:00 - 4:00 PM April 10 12:00 - 2:00 PM AUIS, B-B1-11

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