KATC3: Spending 40 million dollars to hook up with a high-speed, fiber-optic computer network has helped Louisiana lure one of the country's top computer scientists to the state's flagship university campus.
Thomas Sterling, a senior scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, starts at L-S-U this fall. Sterling holds six patents and is credited with revolutionizing the modern supercomputer.
Sterling says L-S-U offered the most exciting program and package. Next month, the school will have Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, which will link eight state universities with a national supercomputer network known as National LambdaRail.