Information Technology

 

 

If you are a cadet interested in Information Technology, contact LTC Babbitt or MAJ Major. Also visit our Facebook page West Point (USMA) Information Technology Program.

Our Information Technology program responds directly to the growing need of the Army for officers who can rapidly configure and integrate large collections of new equipment and existing systems to meet operational needs. Cadets graduating the program have the necessary skills and experience to lead technologically complex operations at all levels.

Ours is one of the finest IT programs in the nation. The Information Technology Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Additional degree offering:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electronic and Information Technology Systems (EITS)

EITS is a "design your own" technology major for cadets seeking more choice than possible in a major within the Department.

Our laboratory and fabrication facilities are first rate, including our support staff of dedicated professional technicians.

Outside the classroom, many Information Technology majors participate in clubs and activities that are great fun and professionally rewarding. A few examples...

  • Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter Special Interest Group in Security, Audit and Control (ASM-SIGSAC)

Finally, we sponsor exciting summer opportunities for cadets to apply their knowledge in research and operational settings at locations throughout the world, normally for four to seven week periods.

Program Summary

IT majors use technical tools to provide services for users that need them. The material covered in the major includes:

This link includes a list of the required courses and for each course what technology is used.

  • Three Database / Web Development Courses
  • Three Networking / Security Courses
  • Three IT Programming Courses (Python)
  • Two IT Application Courses
  • Two Programmable Logic / Computer Architecture Courses
  • A Nine Month Team Project for a Real Client

This link includes a list of the required courses and for each course what technology is used.

Objectives 

The Information Technology Program objectives are that, five to seven years after graduation, cadets who major in Information Technology will have been successful Army officers who have: 

  • Identified and exploited opportunities to improve Army operations by applying best practices in information technology. 
  • Effectively communicated information technology to a range of audiences. 
  • Grown professionally through self-study, continuing education, and professional development. 

In order to reach these objectives, which are rather abstract, we make day-to-day decisions about courses and lessons using desired outcomes. These list the things our cadets should be able to do upon graduation. We consider adjustments to outcomes each year when program assessment results are reviewed. 

Student Outcomes 

The Information Technology Program enables students to attain, by the time of graduation:  

  1. An ability to analyze a complex computing problem, and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. An ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program's discipline.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. An ability to recognize professional responsbilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program's discipline.
  6. An ability to identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems.

Student Enrollment & Graduation Data 

Information Technology is a challenging yet accessible major.

  CL ‘09 CL ‘10 CL ‘11 CL’12 CL ‘13 CL ‘14 CL ‘15 CL ‘16 CL ‘17 CL ‘18 CL ‘19 CL ‘20 CL '21 CL '22
Initial Selection 22 11 16 11 20 33 26 14 14 18 16 10 12 16
Current Enrollment                       13 7 16
Total Graduates 21 13 18 7 19 33 31 13 9 16 16      
IT 18 10 16 6 18 30 28 13 9 15 16      
IT with Honors 3 3 2 1 1 3 3 0 0 1 0      

 

This table shows the size of recent class year groups (by graduation year): initial selection numbers represent the number of cadets that selected IT as a major at the end of their first year; current enrollment numbers show the strength of the three year groups in progress; and total graduate numbers reflect the number of cadets that graduated on-time (in May of their expected graduation year) with IT as their primary major. Other graduates are not yet reflected in these numbers, for instance, those graduating late in August or December, and those who graduated with IT as a second major. 

People in Information Technology

 

Program Director

  • LTC Thomas Babbitt

Deputy

  • MAJ Keith Major

Senior Faculty

  • Dr. Ed Sobiesk
  • COL Tanya Estes

Additional Faculty

  • COL Stephen Hamilton
  • Dr. Erica Borghard
  • LTC Jason Cody
  • LTC Dave Harvie
  • MAJ Corey Crosser
  • MAJ John Hutton
  • MAJ Erik Korn
  • MAJ Austin Minter
  • MAJ Nate Stickney
  • MAJ Eric Sturzinger
  • MAJ Charles Suslowicz
  • Mr. Kyle King