CompSci alumnus and entrepreneur visits mobile apps class

CompSci alumnus and innovative entrepreneur visits mobile apps class

Published: January 25, 2013.

John Chmela, an 1983 Lewis University graduate in Computer Science, shared his thoughts on QR codes during a guest presentation in Dr. Cindy Kersey's Mobile Application Development class on Jan. 24. Chmela has launched a number of innovative technology initiatives over the course of his career. He enthusiastically presented his latest creation called ZippyQ. It transforms QR codes into powerful channels for communicating rich, mulit-dimensional content. Chmela also gave the department several dozen of his ZippyQ cards that he encouraged students to use to start sharing their information with others.

Chmela is a renowned expert in developing social media tools that effectively reach the multi-tasker. “He is also a tremendous and generous philanthropist who has spearheaded a number of impactful efforts, particularly in the area of bridging the digital divide. His presentation to students and faculty was very inspiring,” Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Math and Computer Science said.

Chmela told the students, "You guys are in the right place. The opportunities in 1983 were nothing compared to what you can do today. You guys are exactly in the right field. This could not be a better time to major in Computer Science.”

During its 40-year history, the Lewis University Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology including the opening of four new labs to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices and better equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. Lewis University offers bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science as well as minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in Information Security. Students have the opportunity to pursue internships in the field, while being enrolled as students.

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 seventh 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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