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UF WiFi to complete switch to Eduroam network this Spring

“Phasing out the UF Network option improves the experience for our students, faculty and staff who travel,” said Saira Hasnain, the associate CIO and senior director of UFIT.

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UF’s Vice President and CIO named to higher education board

McKenna Beery for the Independent Florida Alligator

November 5, 2018

“Representing the University of Florida in service of higher education nationally and globally is one of the highlights of my 30 years’ career.”

Read more about Elias Eldayrie joining the board of directors of EDUCAUSE

University of Florida Aims for top grades in supporting student achievement

Dave Gruber for IBM Case Study

August 13, 2018

“Our goal at the University of Florida is to ensure that students reach their full potential so they can build a bright future for themselves and their families,” explained Dave Gruber, UF’s associate chief information officer. “To do this, we not only focus on keeping students enrolled in their courses, but on helping them succeed throughout their time at the University of Florida.”

Read more about UF using Cognos to empower students

Wi-Fi in Green Spaces, Where OSP Shines

Sheard Goodwin for ICT Today

July/August 2018

“Studying out on the plaza, watching classes in hammocks and signing up for student events is not possible without Wi-Fi.”

Read more about wifi in green spaces

High-Performance Computing Drives Research on Campus

Erik Deumens for Ed Tech Magazine

April 26, 2017

“Faculty researchers need state-of-the-art systems,” he says. “They come up with these weird ideas — we want that, because our faculty is hired to try and do things that nobody has ever done before — and we need to support them."

Read more about campus research using high-performance computing

The International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Fedro Zazueta for Resource Magazine

March 2017

“In keeping with its mission of improving the quality of life and global development, the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) has established the International Academy of Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE).”

Read more about iAABE

Promoting Transformative Change in Teaching and Learning

Elias Eldayrie for CIO Review

March 7, 2017

“Knowing the educational technology issues your institute needs to address is essential, but even more attention must be paid to implementation and adoption.”

Read more about educational technology

Canvas crash causes confusion on campus

Paige Fry for the Independent Florida Alligator

March 1, 2017

Two and a half hours before Michael Huang’s online calculus 3 exam, the website on which he would take it crashed.

Canvas, a learning management system students across the U.S. used to access course materials and take online exams, went dark on Tuesday, prompting confusion — and constant refreshing — from students who needed to study for or take exams.

Read more about canvas crash confusion

Promoting Transformative Change in Teaching and Learning

Elias Eldayrie for CIO Review

January 2017

“Knowing the educational technology issues your institute needs to address is essential, but even more attention must be paid to implementation and adoption.”

Read more about educational technology

UF to update login page on Nov. 6

Paige Fry for the Independent Florida Alligator

November 3, 2016

Brandon Vega, UFIT’s associate director, wrote in an email that there was concern about students and faculty members getting confused by a sudden change, so the demo offers a glimpse of the update.

“With so much attention on website spoofing and attempted malware attacks at UF, there is concern that students and faculty unaware of the change to login.ufl.edu will think the
new page is fraudulent,” he said.

Read more about login page update

Transcripts, audits move to One.UF

Katelyn Newberg for the Independent Florida Alligator

February 11, 2016

Student services, such as transcripts and degree audits, will move from ISIS to One.UF, UF’s new online class registration system, on Feb. 19, Tracy Gale, UF’s Information Technology communications manager, wrote in an email. Currently, students can access a version of the site to search for classes. The changes are part of a campus-wide, multi-year program to modernize student services and make them easier to use, she said.

“ONE.UF is a portal, and the plans are to move more student services (or “apps”) to the one.ufl.edu platform,” she said.

Read more about ONE.UF

Internet2 Community Member Warren Curry Advances TIER’s Efforts Around APIs and Schema

Emily Eisbruch for Internet2 Blogs

January 19, 2016

“I see Grouper as a giant box of Legos in eight or sixteen colors, but they’re all one-space Lego pieces. You can build anything, but there are lots of ways to do it. I would like to see TIER devote resources to developing templates for common service scenarios,’ [said Warren Curry, identity and access management guru at the University of Florida]”

Read more about Warren Curry's contribution to TIER

UF President Fuchs celebrates launch of super-computer

Monica Andrade for the Independent Florida Alligator

December 2, 2015

Elias Eldayrie, UF Information Technology vice president and chief information officer:

“The computer allows the 1,500 researchers who use it to extract interesting information from big data sets…This can help them create simulations and patterns…

It’s a wonderful time in the university with the new president and the resources to advance research and become the preeminent institution that we can be.”

Read more about launch of super-computer

Striving for high-speed Internet

Anthony Clark for the Gainesville Sun

November 28, 2015

“[Dave] Pokorney[, chief technical officer for LambdaRail and former director of technical services at UF,] served on a city-county cable advisory committee in the late 1980s and early 1990s that did a pilot project using UF modems and the Cox coaxial cable system to make university books available through the network to the home.

‘So UF helped launch Cox into the home cable modem business,’ he said.”

Read more about UF striving for high-speed Internet

HiPerGator 2.0 Ranks Second Among Public University Supercomputers

Oscar Bergeron-Oakes for WUFT News

November 24, 2015

“Projects ranging from the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle to how the English language is evolving on social media are all using HiPerGator’s processors, [Director of Research Computing Erik] Deumens said.

‘The fact that we have that diversity is probably the thing that excites me the most,’ Deumens said. ‘All of these are so innovative and they all have the potential to impact society and the world.’”

Read more about HiPerGator 2.0 ranking

UF’s unveils HiPerGator 2.0 supercomputer; fastest in region

Associated Press for the Washington Times

November 22, 2015

“UF’s vice president for research David Norton says HiPerGator will be used to help scientists tackle complex problems like climate change, poverty and disease.”

Read more about UF's new supercomputer

One of world’s fastest computers at University of Florida – TV Interview

David Williams for FOX 13 – Gainesville

November 18, 2015

“HiperGator is so fast, it can process every single U.S. federal income tax return in a fraction of a second.

So, why have a supercomputer? [Stephen] Orlando [a University of Florida spokesman] explained, ‘The answer is so researchers can do the important research that needs to be done, and to tackle those really perplexing questions and puzzles that we face in the world today.’”

Read more about HiPerGator 2.0

UF’s HiPerGator 2.0 among world’s most powerful supercomputers

Florida Trend

November 17, 2015

“’This is a ranking and an accomplishment that every Gator can take a lot of pride in,’ said Elias Eldayrie, UF’s vice president and CIO. ‘Our world-class faculty have access to world-class computing, and they’re using it to crack the world’s toughest and thorniest issues.’”

Read more about UF's HiPerGator 2.0

Higher Education Challenges: Big Data; Cloud Computing; Information Security

Elias Eldayrie for Education Technology Insights

July 1, 2015

“Big data resources at the university are also important for recruiting and training top faculty.”

Read more about higher education challenges

OneDrive cloud storage service now open to health students

Chris Kennedy for the Independent Florida Alligator

April 3, 2015

“Chris Easley, UFIT interim director of enterprise infrastructure and operations, wrote in an email the ban was lifted after discussions with UFIT, UF general counsel and the UF privacy office.

Students are expected to follow the rules and not share health information through this channel, he said.

“’UF has an Acceptable Usage policy that must be adhered to and followed,’ Easley said.”

Read more about OneDrive open to health students

New computer application sorts big data from social media

Natalia Arteaga for the Independent Florida Alligator

March 20, 2015

“MassMine has been working alongside the HiPerGator — Florida’s most powerful computer — which allows it to run more efficiently and securely store data from social media, said Erik Deumens, director of UF Research Computing.

“’If you have a large amount of data, you also need a large amount of computing power to deal with the data,’ Deumens said.”

Read more about MassMine

Adobe pilot ends, now available at lower fee

Alyssa Fisher for the Independent Florida Alligator

February 26, 2015

Jameson Johnston, the UF Information Technology manager, said there was great feedback.

‘It gave us the information needed to make the program successful,’ he said.”

Read more about Adobe@UFApps

Communicating the Value of IT at Your University

Tracy Gale for EDUCAUSE Review

January 26, 2015

“In 2012, the University of Florida Information Technology (UFIT) division had a clear mandate: to create awareness of the IT services and value we provide across the university. At that time, UF had 50,000 students, 3,100 faculty, and 10,000 staff on multiple campuses in more than 900 buildings. And, as the state’s flagship land-grant university, UF has long had a physical presence in all of Florida’s 67 counties. Create awareness? Easy peasy!”

Read more creating awareness of the IT services

Voluntary GatorCloud email transition period ending Jan. 29

Alyssa Fisher for the Independent Florida Alligator

January 16, 2015

Todd Williams, UF Information Technology project manager for the Student Webmail Deprecation Project, wrote in an email the voluntary period was created for an orderly transition.

“Students can sign up for the voluntary migration through a fairly simple process, and I would encourage any students who haven’t already to do so sooner rather than later as the voluntary migration slots are limited,” Williams said.

UF Help Desk gets rid of appointments, consolidates services

Alyssa Fisher for the Independent Florida Alligator

January 8, 2015

“Removing the appointment step will improve the turnaround time, said Kiem Tran, assistant manager of the desk.

“’The appointment system could get confusing and lengthy,’ she said. ‘We also want to help walk-ins in line for Wi-Fi and email.’”

HiPerGator computer almost full

Alexia Fernandez for the Independent Florida Alligator

November 17, 2014

“Negotiations and planning have begun to create a second HiPerGator, one that is bigger and faster than its predecessor. Erik Deumens, director of research computing at UF, said the HiPerGator’s system is expected to be 70 percent full by February.

“’The acceptance of HiPerGator has been so fast, faster than we projected,’ Deumens said. ‘We plan for HiPerGator 2 to be online in June 2015. That’s when the first one will run out of capacity.’”

Adobe programs now free on UFApps

Alyssa Fisher for the Independent Florida Alligator

November 10, 2014

“Students can stop by the Hub to create their UFApps Adobe pilot account to access the Adobe Creative Cloud, said Tracy Gale, communications manager for UFIT.

“’We are doing this pilot — right now it’s free, so we can gauge the interest of our students,’ Gale said.”

UFIT to host event for mobile app development

Christina Hunt for the Independent Florida Alligator

October 28, 2014

“MADE@UF is a collaboration between the George A. Smathers Libraries and UFIT to provide resources to students to facilitate mobile app development and to create a community environment for peers, entrepreneurs and innovators, said Anne Allen, UFIT assistant director of academic technology.

“This ‘mobile sandbox for UF students’ has been three years in the making, said Allen, and is a space with software, hardware and necessary resources for students to learn and start developing apps.”

UF starts up the first Student Tech Fair: Friday outside Marston

Alexia Fernandez for the Independent Florida Alligator

October 8, 2014

“Jameson Johnston, IT manager for UFIT, said about 20 on-campus organizations will participate in the event to showcase the services available to students.

“’Students aren’t aware of all the different types of services available to them, whether it’s the UF Help Desk or the computer labs across campus,’ he said. ‘We want to make sure that students are aware of the technology offered.’”

UFIT offers seminar to show faculty how to flip teaching classroom method

Damaris Lopez for the Independent Florida Alligator

September 24, 2014

“Unlike live classes, the flipped model requires instructors to prerecord lectures and post them online, allowing students to get the material ahead of time, prepare and be able to focus on participating during class meetings.

“’Imagine being able to do all of your group work in class as opposed to having to schedule it outside of class,’ Stephanie McClelland, CITT’s manager of instructional design services, wrote in an email.”

UF receives $500,000 system donation from IBM

Alyssa Fisher for the Independent Florida Alligator

September 24, 2014

“With PureData Analytics, researchers can do queries of 10 to 100 million records in three seconds, versus the 27 hours it would have normally taken, said Elias Eldayrie, vice president and chief information officer of UF Information Technology.

“’IBM recognized our drive for preeminence,’ Eldayrie said. ‘And this latest donation by IBM will be one more tool added to the toolkit that we make available to our staff.’”

IBM boosts UF’s Big Data capabilities

Jeff Schweers for the Gainesville Sun

September 23, 2014

“IBM donated a PureData for Analytics system to help speed up processing capabilities. The system — valued at $500,000 — was installed in the East Campus Data Center on Waldo Road over the summer and is currently ready for use by the UF community.

“’This is a great day for the University of Florida,’ Elias Eldayrie, vice president and chief information officer for UF, told a group gathered for the annual Research Computing Day at the George Smathers Library.”

Courses moving to Canvas in transition away from Sakai

Damaris Lopez for the Independent Florida Alligator

September 12, 2014

“Douglas Johnson, the associate director for learning services at UF Information Technology, said the change to Canvas first started in Spring 2014.

“’Canvas has a more intuitive interface,’ he said. ‘It’s got some very well-done ease-of-use improvements over what we used to have in Sakai.’”

UF now has free GatorCloud storage

Lesley Wright for the Independent Florida Alligator

September 11, 2014

‘With OneDrive, saved documents and files are not limited to the UF community, [UF Information Technology communications manager Tracy] Gale said. Students can share photos and videos with friends and family anywhere.

“’It frees up a lot of space for you and gives you a lot of storage capacity,’ Gale said, ‘but it also gives you the opportunity for all these other collaboration tools.’”

UF computing help desk open 24/7

Alyssa Fisher for the Independent Florida Alligator

August 27, 2014

‘“This is a great resource when you are working late and finishing assignments,’ [UF Information Technology communications manager Tracy] Gale wrote in an email. ‘We hope these extra service hours will be helpful for our students, knowing that if an IT issue happens at night you have someplace to call or email for assistance.’”

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UF app provides option to tour campus without leaving home

Lindsey Cook-Saucier for the Independent Florida Alligator
July 1, 2014

“By the fourth day of release, it had been downloaded 354 times, Allison Mondell, public relations coordinator for UF Information Technology, wrote in an email.”

Read more about UF's new virtual tour app

100 Gigabit Ethernet: The Way Forward for Research Networks

June 25, 2014

“To be competitive as a university, you have to give your faculty the ability to collaborate on projects involving big data,” [says Dr. Erik Deumens, director of research computing at UF.]

Read more about 100 Gigabit Ethernet

UF Phonebook gets facelift, update from 2008 version

Natalia Tamayo for the Independent Florida Alligator
June 19, 2014

“‘As with all technology, advances in programming and capabilities require service upgrades,’ [UF’s Information Technology communications manager Tracy] Gale said.”

Read more about updated UF Phonebook

UF trying to lasso online learning

Jeff Schweers for The Gainesville Sun
June 14, 2014

“‘To be top 10, you have got to be global,’ Elias Eldayrie, UF’s vice president and CIO for Information Technologies, recently told the board of trustees. ‘You need to connect.'”

Read more about online learning

UF joins online university consortium

Jeff Schweers for The Gainesville Sun
June 11, 2014

“We really hope to influence and control the ecosystem of digital learning and higher education,” [Chief information officer Elias] Eldayrie said. “If we put our efforts together as universities, we are going to be better off, in a much better position in how learning impacts students and aids faculty in doing day-to-day teaching.”

Read more about digital learning and higher education at UF

The University of Florida chooses TERMINALFOUR to simplify content management processes around its 3,000 websites

June 3, 2014

“‘The University of Florida, with its global online presence, requires a content management tool the caliber of TERMINALFOUR,’ says Vice President and Chief Information Officer Elias Eldayrie. ‘Academic and administrative staff tested several solutions and commented on TERMINALFOUR’s presence in–and commitment to–the higher education customer. Faculty and staff recommendations, coupled with the opportunity to leverage significant savings across the university, made TERMINALFOUR the right WCM choice for UF.'”

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UF Information Technology to fully replace Sakai with Canvas

Hannah Fell for The Independent Florida Alligator
June 3, 2014

“‘This is a huge experiment to see what Canvas brings out,’ [Doug] Johnson said, ‘but many people are convinced the benefits of Canvas will outweigh the benefits of Sakai.'”

Read more about the move to Canvas

UFApps permanently free for students

Josh Ferrari for The Independent Florida Alligator
June 3, 2014

“‘Pilot program usage numbers were impressive, and with more students being part of UF Online and distance learning classes, making these software programs available through UFApps means we are helping the students who are not necessarily in Gainesville,’ wrote Tracy Gale, UFIT communications manager, in an email interview.

Read more about UFApps

What Drives Investment in the Middle of HPC?

Nicole Hemsoth for HPC Wire
May 15, 2014

“If the users are asking for the latest novel technology but it’s not the most efficient, we aren’t going to deny them what they need for their research,” says [UF Director of Research Computing Erik] Deumens

Read more about HPC investment

University of Florida Takes the Science DMZ to the Next Generation

Energy Science Network
April 3, 2014

“As early adopters of ESnet’s Science DMZ in 2004, originally called a Campus Research Network, UF offers a unique study of the Science DMZ as they have gone through a second upgrade to their infrastructure. This was to accommodate an increase in data-intensive research, as well as computer science and network research.”

Read more about the science DMZ

Shibboleth strikes again: UFIT solves Webmail issues

Sean Stewart-Muniz for the Independent Florida Alligator
March 26, 2014

“UFIT communications manager Tracy Gale said the university’s campus is large and complex, and UFIT leadership is constantly looking at solutions for IT issues like system enhancements and product upgrades.
‘UFIT does everything possible, resource-wise, to proactively maintain and prevent system outages,’ she said.”

Read more about Webmail fix

Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web

Staff report for the Independent Florida Alligator
March 12, 2014

“The University of Florida’s web presence is truly our ‘front door’, welcoming people visiting from around the globe,” [Fedro Zazueta, associate CIO and director of academic technology] said. “In the last completed academic year, www.ufl.edu recorded 18,453,622 unique visitors from more than 220 countries.”

Read more about the 25th anniversary of the Web

UFIT, IFAS create website to gauge value of Florida’s energy projects

February 20, 2014

“The My Florida Energy Projects website not only provides the public with valuable project data — it also provides the online evaluation tools necessary to examine and analyze the information,” [Senior Director of ES Dave] Gruber said. “The coding work was as important to the project as the website development, because the tools help the public determine which energy methods are the most cost-effective and efficient. Our staff was extremely pleased to work on a project with statewide reach.”

Read more about Florida's energy projects website

UF security office warns Gators of phishing scams

Jana Berkowitz for The Independent Florida Alligator
February 7, 2014

“Derrius Marlin, a UF data security specialist, described phishing as a social engineering attack.

‘Besides implementing technology to monitor for and quarantine phishing messages as they come into our email servers, we also work hard to raise awareness of the threats so that users can recognize phishing attacks for themselves,’ Marlin wrote in an email interview.”

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UF to revamp ISIS, mobile technology

Beatrice Dupuy for The Independent Florida Alligator
January 16, 2014

“’If you are trying to register for a class, and the class is closed, the new system allows you to go on a waiting list,’ [Eldayrie] said. ‘It’s first come, first serve, so when a seat opens up, then boom — you’re in.’”

Read more about ISIS revamp

Scam emails impersonate UF Help Desk

Beatrice Dupuy for The Independent Florida Alligator
January 9, 2014

“UFIT communications manager Tracy Gale said no one from the UF Help Desk can send mass emails to students.

‘Nobody at UF will ask for your GatorLink password,’ she said.”

Read more about scam emails impersonate UF Help Desk

UF preparing to upgrade 30-year-old student records system

Jeff Schweers for the Gainesville Sun
January 7, 2014

“We have really outgrown the needs of what the system could provide for the university. It’s aging technology that needs replacement,” [CIO Elias] Eldayrie said. “It is not going to break tomorrow, but we don’t want to wait. We think we have three to five years and want to start the work as soon as possible.”

Read more about UF preparing student records system upgrade

University of Florida gets 100 Gbps link to Internet2, upgrades campus research net to 200 Gbps

John Dix for Brocade
December 18, 2013

Dr. Erik Deumens: “…Instead of the university bringing a big pipe to your desk, which is not scalable and we don’t have the money for, I will provide an infrastructure where you can load your data in the central repository and give you the compute resources and infrastructure where you can quickly and easily do all the modern research you want. So that’s where the campus research network becomes more important. So that’s the vision.”

Read more about UF upgrading campus research net to 200 Gbps

Brocade 100 GbE Core Routers Provide High-Performance Network to Advance Global Research

Matt Wolpin for Brocade
December 2, 2013

“We wanted to keep the network cutting-edge from a usage perspective,” said [Dr. Erik] Deumens. “We were looking for a strong and robust roadmap for SDN support, and Brocade fit that need. And to top things off, this was the most cost-effective solution for our design.”

Read more about Brocade

Cross-university Data Sharing

Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance
November 28, 2013

“Dr. Erik Deumens, director of research computing, University of Florida, said: ‘To support our goal of building a statewide research community, we’re creating an extensible storage environment to increase collaboration and data sharing. DDN’s WOS technology will provide the vital storage framework while leveraging the essence and simplicity of cloud infrastructure to help SSERCA broaden its data-centric research capabilities.’”

Read more about cross-university data sharing

Terascala Storage Appliance Upholds Research at University of Florida

Sarah Wilson for Search Storage at TechTarget
October 30, 2013

“’Everybody is collecting data and [working on] complicated problems that single investigators cannot solve, so you have collaborations that are going to be across the world and nation,’ said Erik Deumens, UF’s director of research computing. ‘So, all of a sudden, there’s a much bigger need to store data.’”

Read more about Terascala Storage Appliance

University of Florida Deploys Desktop Media Capture Campuswide

Leila Meyer for Campus Technology
October 23, 2013

“According to Brian Smith, IT specialist at UF, the Web-based My Mediasite app is easy to use, even for the university’s “most tech-challenged staff.
‘”“Before Mediasite, our students watched lectures. Now, they experience lectures,’ said Smith in a prepared statement. ‘Mediasite’s ability to clearly display content by separating it from video in a rich media format is one of the innovative features that have helped to improve academic video on our campus.’”

Read more about Desktop Media Capture

Why Florida is the Online State

John K. Waters for Campus Technology
October 2013

“Online education is gaining traction — and credibility — at incredible speed. Nowhere is this more evident than in Florida. ‘This change is happening. We could have sat on the sidelines and let others figure it all out, but we decided instead to get ahead of the curve.’”

Read more about why Florida is the online state

Connectivity Revolution: Internet2 and its Bold Transformation Initiative

Mark Hagland for Healthcare Informatics
August 22, 2013

“You’ve got to be intentional about the way you architect your security regime, to make sure that you look at your campus’s data flows and security protocols”

Read more about the connectivity revolution

Over 20 Academic Institutions Now Use Terascala High-Performance Computing Solutions

Christine Newman for Business Wire
July 23, 2013

“’In the coming months, some 500 researchers and 160 teams with more than $175 million in research funding will be using HiPerGator to run their experiments,’ said Dr. David Norton, Vice President for Research at the University of Florida.

“UF recently received an $8 million federal award from the National Nuclear Security Administration, along with the designation as a center of excellence, as a result of its high-performance computing capabilities.”

Read more about Terascala high-performance computing solutions

Linking Research and Patient Care: The University of Florida’s Bold Internet2 Adventure

Mark Hagland for Healthcare Informatics
July 5, 2013

“Erik Deumens, Ph.D.: When the Internet was invented decades ago, it grew out of an academic and military background. But in the beginning of the 2000s decade, universities got together and said, we’ve got this Internet, but we can no longer do research on it anymore. So they created a new consortium with 200 members, and called it Internet2, for second-generation Internet. And the first focus of activity was to try to get faster speed.”

Read more about UF's Internet2 adventure

UF Lands $8 Million Federal Award for Supercomputing Research

University of Florida News
June 28, 2013

“The award from the National Nuclear Security Administration and accompanying designation as a center of excellence is a direct result of UF’s drive to boost its high-performance computing abilities, said David Norton, UF vice president for research.

“’It really leverages the investment the university made in high-performance computing and HiPerGator,’ Norton said. ‘All of that was key in getting this award. This is exactly what we need in moving toward top-10 status.’”

Read more about UF's federal award for supercomputing research

New Internet Line Lets UF Research Speed Go from Jalopy to Ferrari

Zach Peterson for The Gainesville Sun
February 8, 2013

“Connecting a half-inch fiber-optic cable to a high-powered network has expanded computing power 10-fold at the University of Florida,” said Erik Deumens, UF’s director of Research Computing.

Read more about new internet line