Student Technology Association members toured the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Forbes Tower Data Center on Friday, October 22, 2010, in Oakland, Pa.
Eberly College of Business and Information Technology (ECOBIT) sent five of the club’s members to tour the building, which also houses the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
Tour leader Joseph Furmanski, UPMC’s technical project director, shows students the integrated control room at UPMC’s Data Center. Analysts use the room to monitor data center activity. Photo: S. Wainwright
Tour leader Joseph Furmanski, UPMC’s technical project director, discussed the medical center’s history and the importance of information technology within the healthcare industry, said Steven Wainwright, a senior Business Technology Support and Training major. The students also had a “crash course” in data center infrastructure, he said.
“We learn all that information in classes, but it gave me a different perspective to see it put to use,” he said.
The ECOBIT students in attendance were Aaron Corso, a junior Management Information Systems major; Nweaze Onyemaobim, a junior MIS and Management major; Michael Walters, a junior MIS major; Wainwright; and Justin Vrana, a senior Business Technology Support and Training major.
“UPMC is an $8-billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States,” according to UPMC’s website.