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“Students have been at the center of USM’s research computing units since 1997. With the advent of Information and Innovation, 30 to 40 students are engaged in research, development and commercialization activities, ranging from bioinformatics, to health information systems, to intelligent systems to cyber security. Computer Science and Information Communications Technology students are consistently hired in high-paying and meaningful jobs throughout Maine and beyond.”
- Glenn Wilson, Associate Research Professor and Director of Information and Innovation
Attended University of North Carolina Greensboro, Appalachian State University, and Indiana University and holds BA, MA, and EdD degrees.
Dr. Wilson is the founding Director of USM’s Information and Innovation initiative, which is designed to create opportunities for students, in collaboration with faculty, to become engaged in research, development, and creative activities in the areas of information, communications, technology, and engineering. “Information and Innovation provides an interdisciplinary platform for students and faculty that links USM’s intellectual resources with external needs.”
An Associate Research Professor in the Department of Technology, Dr. Wilson teaches courses in computer hardware, computer networking, and network security. His experience includes education, outreach, research, development, and commercialization initiatives with IBM, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine Department of Labor, UNUM, IDEXX, Wright Express, Tilson Technologies, Quantrix, and many other companies. Over the years, Dr. Wilson’s students have created new, high-technology companies and have made significant contributions to the computer science and technology workforce in Maine.
Most recently, Dr. Wilson has been involved in three major undertakings relating to the computer science and technology workforce and economic development in Maine. These include the Computer Science and Information Technology Statewide Initiative, which seeks to double the number of CS and IT students over the next four years; the establishment of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster; and a first-of-a-kind, collaborative degree in Information Technology that is designed from the outset by Business and Industry, Central Maine, Southern Maine, and York County Community Colleges and the University of Southern Maine.
Cyber Security and IT Workforce Development