storage, networks, databases and applications in the cloud. IaaS platforms offer
scalable resources that can be adjusted
on demand. Software as a service (SaaS)
provides a portfolio of common applications in the cloud that software companies opt to develop and offer as a service.
The benefits are that customers don’t have
to buy, install, maintain or update anything. Platform as a service (PaaS) provides vendor-specific tools in the cloud
so that companies don’t have to invest
in space or maintenance and can instead
focus on innovation, Hewatt said.
Robotics Program Helps Spark
Early Interest in Science
The VEX Robotics program at Thomas
Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs,
Iowa, was the centerpiece of the chapter’s March general membership meeting.
James Crum, a math teacher at the school,
reflected on the program’s history and
shared that there are two different compe-
titions: VEX IQ for elementary to middle
school students and VEX EDR for upper
middle to high school students. The VEX
IQ Challenge Crossover helps spark early
interest in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM), he said. Crum
elaborated on the design process and the
problems competitors try to solve. If stu-
dents define a problem accurately, then a
solution often presents itself, he said. He
commented on the value of brainstorming
and how students usually learn more from
the designs that don’t work than from the
ones that do. Crum emphasized the need
for funding and volunteers: Without both
the tournament cannot run.
FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT—Gathering at the chapter’s March general membership meeting
are (from l) Chapter Executive Vice President Miguel Rivera; Vice Chairman Mark Thompson;
guest speaker Donald W. Hewatt of DXC Technology; and Chapter President Bill Heidenreich.
FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT—AFCEA Midwest
Regional Vice President Martin Harbolt (l)
meets up with Rivera at the March meeting.
FORT KNOX GOLD VAULT—Greeting March meeting attendees are
(from l) Chapter Secretary Angela Alexander-Mendoza; Vice President of
Awards Jeni Spencer; Vice President of Women’s Outreach Joy Begley;
and Vice President of Young AFCEAN Affairs Derek R. Massey.
Col. Sean Murphy,
USAF (r), presents
James Crum, a
math teacher at
High School in
Iowa, with a
chapter coin for his
presentation at the
GREATER OMAHA—Thomas Jefferson students demonstrate their
robotics for Col. Murphy at the March luncheon.
GREATER OMAHA—Students continue their demonstrations during
the March chapter event.