Brian Wilhelm of New Lenox and Martin Strus of Hickory Hills recently earned Departmental Awards at Lewis University. Wilhelm was the recipient of the Computer Science Award, and Strus received the Mathematics Award. The Departmental Award is the highest award given to a student in each major. Wilhelm and Strus were honored at the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Honors Ceremony held at the university’s Main Campus in Romeoville.
Recipients of the Departmental Award must have a GPA greater than 3.5 and must represent his or her academic department well in all respects, including character, potential, integrity and service.
“Both Brian and Martin exemplify the kind of student we wish to graduate from the two programs: innovative problem solvers of high integrity who possess a sincere desire to put their skills to work helping others,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Wilhelm and Strus graduated in December 2012.
Lewis University offers bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science with areas of specialization in Computer and Network Security, Video Game Development, Distributed and Mobile Computing Technologies and Simulation of Scientific Systems. Many Lewis Computer Science students pursue internships in the field as students, and several alumni have gone on to found and lead area technology firms. Over its 40-year history, the Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology. It recently opened four new labs, including the Ubiquitous Computing Lab to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices, and the Networking and Security Lab to equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. The department is currently working on new offerings in cloud computing and data mining.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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