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INBRE Grant Helps Wesley Build New Infrastructure

Posted January 2nd, 2019 at 9:57am

Wesley College STEM programs have been selected to receive an IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) grant of more than $100,000 to fund improved technology infrastructure that will greatly increase speed and bandwidth for the entire Wesley College community.

In 2015, DE-INBRE helped implement Wesley College’s undergraduate Informatics Certificate and Minor programs. Both the certificate and minor programs require three project-based courses, composed of Applied Statistics, Introduction to SAS Programming, and Introduction to Geo-Spatial Analysis (GIS). The Informatics certificate is a requirement for students majoring in biological chemistry, and mathematics and data science. However, both the Informatics certificate and the minor programs are available to all Wesley College majors.

With the introduction of the new programs came an onslaught of increased wired and wireless traffic which caused issues with the original network infrastructure and Wesley’s outdated hardware.

“The new programs we introduced required more bandwidth and power than what was available on campus,” said Wesley Professor of Chemistry and Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research Dr. Malcolm D’Souza. “This upgrade will allow our students to tap into all the resources available on the internet without dealing with the cyber roadblocks and congestion they have encountered in the past. It will be an upgrade for the entire campus community.”

Plans include replacement of the outdated firewall appliance with a modern device that can handle the data throughput of a college campus. In addition, the access switches that connect all devices to the data center and the internet will be replaced to remove existing bottlenecks. Lastly, wireless access points will be upgraded to take advantage of modern gigabit wireless connectivity.

The Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) is a collaborative network of Delaware academic, health care and research institutions made up of six partner institutions: University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Christiana Care Health System, Delaware Technical Community College, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Wesley College.