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That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Smart Home Lab

Through a partnership with East River Electric Power Cooperative and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, or NRECA, DSU students and faculty can now conduct smart home and energy-management research within MadLabs.

Project space resembles a home kitchen, with smart lighting, window shades, speakers, kitchen appliances and a Rheem® Marathon® water heater. With check-ins from East River, DSU students and faculty conduct digital research simulations through computer and TV screens. The results display on these screens and give viewers the feel of what a smart home could look like.

Tom Halverson

Tom Halverson

Associate Professor / Associate Dean of Beacom Undergraduate Programs

Department

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.S., University of Iowa
B.A., University of Minnesota-Morris

Biography

Dr. Tom Halverson has been a Computer Science faculty member at Dakota State University since 1999. He received a BA from the University of Minnesota, Morris and MS as well as PhD from The University of Iowa. Tom focuses on teaching, student engagement, and out-of-class projects. He is committed to all facets of student success. For 10 years, he served as Dean, but has returned to a faculty position. Tom is the advisor to the DSU Computer Club – the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Through this group, he organized “Help Night” to encourage peer mentoring for all levels of computer courses. He also organizes student volunteers for campus events, K-12 outreach, and campus projects.

Contact

Office Location: Beacom Institute of Technology
Phone: 605-256-5838
Email

Shawn Zwach

Shawn Zwach

Assistant Professor

Department

The Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences

Contact

Office Location: East Hall
Phone: 605-256-5838
Email