Members of the Numbers and Bytes student organization took a private tour of Cisco headquarters in the Research Triangle of Raleigh, NC on Friday February 14th, 2014. Cisco Systems, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and is one of the leaders in designing, selling and manufacturing networking hardware in the world. Coastal Carolina University alumnus Derek Frimpong ('12), arranged and gave the students the tour. Students were able to walk through one of Cisco’s massive data centers while getting an understanding of the culture of working at Cisco. One of Cisco’s partners, NetApp, also offered a tour of one of that company’s data centers.

The next day, Numbers and Bytes students traveled to UNC Chapel Hill to attend TEDxUNC. TEDx allows speakers from around the world to come together and talk about “Ideas Worth Spreading.” This year’s TEDxUNC conference was themed "Taking Flight," and featured speakers and performers exploring how individuals, groups, and ideas all metaphorically take flight. One of the speakers that Numbers and Bytes students were able to meet after the talks was NASA astronaut Dr. Jerry M Linenger. Dr. Linenger spoke to CCU’s students, sharing his feeling that the only thing better than being in space was spending time with loved ones and family.

The Numbers and Bytes club wishes to thank CCU College of Science Dean Michael Roberts, CSIS Department Chair Dr. Will Jones, Derek Frimpong of Cisco Systems, Diane Wilson of OSAL at CCU, the CCU Student Government Association, and everyone else who made this trip possible. Numbers and Bytes meets every Thursday at 6:00pm in Room 203 of the Coastal Science Center.