Networking Team Gives Students Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Computer Science students, taught by Professor Ellen Liu, visited DoIT's network command center in the ECC Building on Nov. 4-5, 2015. Senior network architecht Behzad Barzideh gave four tours in two days, showing students Stony Brook's facilities.

By: Kerrin Perniciaro
Last Updated: March 22, 2017

 

Computer Science CSE/ISE 310 students, taught by Professor Ellen Liu, visited DoIT's network command center in the ECC Building on Nov. 4-5, 2015. Senior network architecht Behzad Barzideh gave four tours in two days, showing students Stony Brook's facilities and answering questions. Students got the chance to see the co-location room, disaster recovery center, telephone and distributed antennae system space, battery and power room, and the data networking facilities.

"I always receive positive feedback from students after the tours," said Professor Liu. "I do this because it is what I loved when I was studying as an undergrad. We went to see the telecommunications and networking facilities in real production central offices and I enjoyed these field trips very much. Each place has something unique, which complements lecture materials nicely. Students see a wide variety of enterprise-level networking and computing equipment, the setup and working environment where the equipment is hosted, as well as interesting applications and software components related to the equipment. Students do not usually have opportunities to see all of these."

Barzideh enjoys giving the tours on behalf of DoIT and illuminating some things for new students just entering the field.

"I enjoy seeing students' faces when you show them something that we take for granted, but it's important to full understanding," said Barzideh. "For example, students learn that when they go to cnn.com, it's not just one URL, there are 20 or 30 URLs that need to be resolved and viewed in order to read that one page. Many students are just finding out that their computer has to reach out to many different servers in order to pull up one Web page."

Liu said quite a number of her students have gone on to work as system administrators or IT-supporting staff during or after their undergraduate study.

"I felt it was a really interesting experience having her set up this tour for us," said senior David Komorowski. "It was a nice supplement to the instruction in her class. I didn't really know much about what went into networking or socket programming or anything before I took this class. Actually, I was doing international relations for three and a half years at American University and I only transferred here in the spring of 2014, so I've pretty much had to jump into Computer Science from doing international relations, but it didn't take me that long to learn about this stuff, so if anybody wants to get into software engineering or networking, take a class in Computer Science. That's what I did when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do other than international relations. This tour and taking the class with Professor Liu has really opened my mind up to all the possibilities that exist for a Computer Science student."

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