2005-2006 OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
Jim Luttinen was hired to provide system support for the faculty in Computer Science and to maintain the undergraduate systems laboratory. Jim often discussed the need to provide their students with more hands-on-experience in specialized labs. With the completion of the Swenson Science Building, additional space became available for Computer Science.
Jim took the initiative to submit a proposal outlining what he felt would be the best use of the space and even suggested some initial designs of the space, including laboratory equipment, furnishings, and layout. The proposal was supported wholeheartedly by faculty. Jim’s initial designs resulted in the following: a modern laboratory accommodating 18 graduate teaching assistants with a consulting area; a hands-on network laboratory for undergraduate students permitting them to configure networks, set up Linux and Cisco routers, observe the dynamics of routing protocols; 4 research labs that support undergraduate and graduate research; a computer graphics lab that supports the development of and experimentation with real-time virtual environments. The extent of the contributions of these labs is immeasurable. Students now have access to modern laboratories with the latest equipment for conducting network analysis and research and for working in a virtually reality environment. Jim effectively used limited resources to construct these labs. The networks lab and the virtual reality lab are designed such that they can accommodate additional equipment as funding becomes available. A byproduct of Jim’s efforts is that the department now has an equipment acquisition plan in place that will allow them to continue to build off these initial configurations to provide modern facilities for their students. It is with great pleasure that we present this award to Jim.