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Matthew Simpson, Intern for North America Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS) team

Matthew Simpson, Intern for North America Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS) team

Summertime for a teenager often means sleeping in late, spending days at the pool and maybe a summer job or two.  For Matthew Simpson, 16, of Durham, NC this summer has been spent working on two projects at Lenovo: a Stoneware WebNetwork portal and a benchmarking and configuration effort with the ThinkStation development engineers. Matt presents the WebNetwork architecture. Simpson, who will soon begin his senior year at the NC School of Science and Math in Durham, joined Lenovo’s North America Field Technical Sales Support (FTSS) team in June as part of a collaborative effort between Lenovo and the NCSSM. “We started a partnership with Science and Math consisting of several initiatives, from technology to HR to PR.  We want to engage young people in Lenovo as a career opportunity and took this first opportunity to introduce them to our PC+ strategy,” said Dave Buchanan, Director of the NA FTSS team. A tech wizard even at 16, prior to his time with Lenovo, Matt focused primarily on software. “In middle school, I started picking up software development,” he stated. “My floor was literally covered with computer science books, but I never really explored hardware until coming here.” “Matt’s work on ThinkStation this summer will prove to be invaluable as we challenge the competition going forward,” said Bryan Young, a software architect for the ThinkStation Business Unit.  “He...

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What would it be like to run a boat aground on Ellis Island, hitting the Statue of Liberty at 40 knots? A new ship simulator powered by Lenovo technology is helping students at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) experience just that, as well as other navigational challenges, without ever setting foot on a ship’s deck. As part of the curriculum for more than 800 students, the MMA incorporates lab time in the simulator into a variety of courses. We caught up with Simulator Tech Jim Sanders and User Support Manager Will Martell to learn more about how MMA students are using this amazing tool, which is propelled by a backbone of Lenovo ThinkStation E20 workstations and ThinkServer TS130 servers. Lenovo: How long has the ship simulator been around? Jim & Will: The simulator dates way back to a time when it was simply used as a basic navigation tool. Since the early 1990s it has undergone several technical updates, and the MMA simulator we use now is the 4thgeneration of its kind.  What technology powers the ship simulator? Each instructor station has about eight to 10 ThinkStation E20 Workstations powering it, as well as one TS130 server. One of the larger stations has about 12 visual channels in the form of 55-inch flat screen LED panels.  Each of the 14 student stations has two ThinkStation E20 WorkStations and three monitors--one monitor depicts a navigation panel, one shows the visual plot of the boat, and the third shows the...

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