Friday 28, 2009
             Lenovo recently awarded Northern Michigan University the 2009 ThinkTank Campus Innovation Award, in large part for its progress toward a new WiMAX network. 

            The award is given to the institution that has implemented the most innovative technology program over the past year. Elementary, secondary and higher education institutions from 23 countries compete for the award each year. A committee of education experts chooses the recipient institution based on innovation, service to constituent users and quality of implementation.

            Lenovo is the company that supplies the ThinkPad computers distributed to NMU students.

            “Lenovo is proud to present the ThinkTank Campus Innovation Award to Northern Michigan University for its WiMAX implementation on the ThinkPad R series platform as part of the ThinkPad University Program,” said Michael Schmedle, director of worldwide education at Lenovo. “Northern Michigan has again proven that they are one of the most innovative campuses in the world, delivering high-bandwidth wireless connectivity throughout the campus using the new WiMAX standard. Building on their award-winning notebook initiative, Northern has added incredible value to students, faculty and staff with the new 802.16 network.”

            NMU implemented its notebook computer program in 2000 to bridge the “digital divide” and ensure that students had equal access to the latest technology, software and support. The new WiMAX network carries the goal of access a step further by making wireless broadband Internet available to more students who live off campus.