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Delano Robinson Wins College IT Showcase
August 23, 2007

Contact: Lorenzo Marshall- (309) 766-4268

Delano Robinson, of Bloomington, Ill., recently earned 1st Place in the college division of the IT Showcase held in conjunction with the 29th annual National BDPA Technology Conference in Washington, DC. Robinson was the best of five college students that participated in division of the IT Showcase as determined by the judges. The BDPA IT Showcase was sponsored by IBM and Eli Lilly & Company. Elmer Corbin (IBM) and Tim Coleman (Eli Lilly) shared comments with the students during the award ceremony. [NOTE: Photo shows Delano Robinson (r) and Lorenzo Marshall]

College students presented topics such as: 'The Foundation for Exponential Progression', 'Robotics: Using the Synchronous Reactive Model of Computation' and 'An ISE Project: Design of New Lab Facilities'. Robinson's winning presentation entitled, 'Electronic Stability Control (ESC) System Benefits,' focused on increasing vehicle safety through computer technology. The event was Robinson’s first showcase of his IT skills in competition.

"Winning this event has been a major highlight of my student career and I am very grateful I had the opportunity to participate on a competitive level," said Robinson.

Currently a junior at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Robinson is earning a double major in Information Technology Management and Business Management. His aspiration is to pursue a Masters degree in Information Technology. He is the son of Cathy Mason of Bloomington, IL.

The BDPA Central Illinois chapter is very proud of Robinson’s accomplishment. "Delano stepped up to the challenge, worked very hard and represented the Central Illinois chapter very well," said Lorenzo Marshall, immediate past president of the chapter. "He demonstrated his passion for Information Technology with a creative presentation that maximized his research skills."

BDPA advances the careers of African Americans in the Information Technology industry from the classroom to the boardroom with programs and services offered nationally and through 48 local chapters. BDPA encourages members to remain lifelong learners as the world of technology continues to change.

BDPA Central Illinois chapter is currently looking for other local students interested in Information Technology research that can be considered for entry into the national competition. Please contact Lorenzo Marshall on (309) 766-4268 for more information about BDPA Central Illinois chapter.