News and announcements from M.S. in Computing Director Dr. Kaczmarek
The Computing program is a sponsor of the Milwaukee Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN). On November 21, 2013, Milwaukee SPIN will hold its 8th Annual Evening with Executives on the Marquette Campus. The meeting will be in the Beaumier Suite of the Raynor Library. This meeting begins with a networking opportunity from 5:30 PM until 6:15 PM. That will be followed by a panel discussion with three leading executives, Mollie Bell from Filene Research Institute, Sean McCormick, from Harley Davidson, and Terry Rowinski from BUYSEASONS.
To find out more about Milwaukee SPIN please visit their website.
The cost of graduate education continues to rise and more students are burdened by student loans after they receive their undergraduate degrees. Not everyone is eligible for a traditional graduate assistantships. The MS in Computing program is tackling this issue and developing new concepts for making graduate school affordable. Because of high demand for qualified workers our first effort is in the area of Healthcare IT. We will provide students interested in HIT with training to achieve certifications prior to admission or very early in the MS program. We will seek to place certified students in professional positions in local HIT organizations. These professional placements will provide financial assistance to the students.
We recently took one option for such an endeavor to the business plan competition hosted on campus and won first prize in our category. The concept we presented would establish an HIT consulting practice that served independent healthcare providers. To test this concept we will be acting as a consultant group to a small clinic implementing electronic health records later this year.
We have successfully built relationships with local HIT organization to place full-time graduate students in part-time paid internships during the academic year. Such relationships provide additional options for paying the cost of graduate school tuition.
A second area with high demand for workers that we are pursuing is BI and Analytics. The growth of Big Data and Analytics has created a shortage of qualified workers. There is also synergy with HIT as clinicians seek to improve health outcomes through the analysis of medical records. Preparation in this area is a more daunting task but there are promising signs that we can establish informal partnerships with local businesses to define an initiative for this concentration.
The MS in Computing program is continuing its efforts to promote Healthcare IT careers in the Milwaukee area. Working with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB), the Healthcare Training Institute (HTI), and two provider organizations, Aurora Healthcare and Froedtert Health, we have defined a unique opportunity to help the long-term unemployed and returning veterans--START IT.
The program is called START IT because of its focus is to move people into healthcare IT careers from other disciplines. The MS in Computing program will provide academic training that allows career change into a Healthcare IT career.
About the agencies supporting this effort: MAWIB is a government agency supplying employment and training services to Milwaukee county. It is a strategic demand-driven workforce development system that is connected to bolstering the economic strength of key industry sectors such as healthcare. HTI is a one-stop training and education center for people seeking work in the healthcare field. It is an alliance between MAWIB and the Milwaukee Area Healthcare Alliance.
Financing the education: Marquette is offering a free Boot Camp experience to the long-term unemployed in financial need to get them started. The Boot Camp will cover the prerequisites for the computing program and include a series of seminars. Industry leaders from healthcare and other sectors will speak at the seminars to help prepare the selected students for a career transition into IT. Economic development training funds will allow students to receive limited tuition vouchers through MAWIB and HTI. Aurora Healthcare and Froedtert Health will be participating through offering internships and part-time work during study to qualified students.
On December 22, 2012, the faculty, alumni, students and their guests met for a networking event at a Marquette Basketball game. As usual the pregame gathering
was at Buck Bradley's.
December 22, 2012
Pre-game networking and ticket pick-up
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
At Buck Bradley’s
1019 Old World 3rd Street, Second Floor
MARQUETTE plays LSU
At The BMO Harris Bradley Center
The MS in Computing program became a platinum sponsor of Milwaukee SPIN this year to encourage networking within the community. We hosted a panel discussion about entrepreneurship at the November SPIN meeting. The panel discussed the characteristics of entrepreneurs ("Heart, Smart, Guts, and Luck") as well as MKE organizations designed to help software entrepreneurs. Thanks to all those who participated to make this an informative and exciting event.
We are offering more classes this semester via our "classroom in the cloud."
We have added two-way audio and video capabilities to Cudahy Hall 412. Using web-based conferencing software designed for education, we enable students to virtually attend classes via high-speed Internet connections.
Besides providing more flexibility for current students who live in the Milwaukee area, this facility allows students to study for their MS in Computing degree at any remote site.
There were six MS in Computing students who were among the more than five hundred students of Arts and Sciences who celebrated receiving their diplomas on Sunday May 20th.
On May 20th, the faculty, alumni, students and their guests got together for a networking event at a Milwaukee Brewer's baseball game. The pregame gathering
was held at Miss Katie's Diner.
The MS in Computing program has always focused on helping IT professionals and local employers. This fall, the program assisted the Dairyland Chapter of HIMMS in sponsoring a CPHIMS certification study group. Our contribution reflects the program's commitment to providing help to the professional community, IT professionals, and local employers. Innovative cooperation such as this can deliver benefits to all parties.
Daryl J. Duenkel, from the Dairyland Chapter, sent us the following message:
"On behalf of the Dairyland HIMSS Board of Directors Membership Advancement Committee I wish to express our gratitude to you and Marquette for hosting the fall 2011 CPHIMS Study Group. It’s very important to the committee to have organizations like yours step up and host. This was the first time we had an educational institution host the event."
In 2010, the program launched a professional seminar series as a 1-credit course. We strongly encourage all students to take this seminar each semester. We address current topics, encourage independent analysis of technology, foster synthesizing relationships between isolated chunks of knowledge, and promote communication skills. We have added a standard assignment at the conclusion of the semester to write a blog about the topic we have studied. You can read student opinions developed in past seminars at www.mumscomputing.wordpress.com.
Alumni, guests, students, and faculty of the MS Computing program came together for a networking event on December 10th. There was a chance to meet and connect at a pre-game reception followed by attending a Marquette basketball game as a group.
The conversations at the pre-game reception ranged from reconnecting with classmates and faculty to the discussion of technical issues faced in the working environment. It was a good time to catch up on people's career development and personal accomplishments
The Golden Eagles took care of things on court giving the attendees a chance to cheer and celebrate.
The next opportunity for a gathering will be during spring of 2012 when we will sponsor a visit to Miller Park to see the Brewers play.
Business Intelligence (BI) refers to using computing to identify, extract, and analyze business data for purposes of making intelligent business decisions. It requires knowledge of computing, analysis, and business. Our approach to supporting BI is to rely heavily on foundational courses and present opportunities to witness and participate in the integration of computer science, math, and business. Information-Management.com, recently applauded our approach. They named Marquette as one of eight institutions bringing value to Business Intelligence education. Click on the image below to see the full story.
Healthcare is big business here in southeast Wisconsin and everywhere these days. The industry is looking for vast changes and improvements through purposeful uses of information technology (IT).
Marquette's MS in Computing program cosponsored a focus group with southeast Wisconsin healthcare IT leadership that examined the needs of the healthcare industry. One of the identified needs was qualified professionals to create and manage information systems.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provides certification though the CPHIMS testing process. The Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS (http://www.wisconsinhimss.org/) assists professionals seeking certification via study groups. We are hosting a local study group for the next exam cycle to support the process.
Information-Management.com, is an online publication of the influential SourceMedia Inc. They recently highlighted our program in an article Ahead of the BI Class. The sub-title to the article said it best. "Marquette University bucks academic silo trends, keeps topics fresh for information management education."
Read the article here.
Thanks for joining us at the Open House
There was a good turnout at our open house on August 3rd.
One observation to pass along is that I was pleased to see corporate recruiters attend. Most of them came from companies that have either hired graduates or supported employees who participated in the MS Computing program through tuition assistance. Their presence confirms the value of the program and the increase in demand for technically skilled workers. Many of us have read about the growth in the industry, but it is good to see evidence of it in the Milwaukee area.
The Computing Program along with the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship sponsored a panel discussion during Entrepreneurship Week (November 14-20). This annual event celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week. The panel discussion featured speakers who have used analytics and computing to launch successful businesses.
The M.S. Computing faculty, students, and alumni were invited to a basketball game and reception in the fall. This spring we added a trip to a Brewer's game with a pre-game reception at Miss Katie's. Networking events for alumni, current students, and perspective students provide a time to meet and chat about technology, or careers, or whatever is on your mind.
Also, to promote networking, I have established a LinkedIn group, Marquette University MS in Computing. I encourage students, faculty, and alumni to join. I post interesting articles and comments there. I also use it to advertise events. Feel free to sign up for the group and start a discussion or just join and monitor what is going on.
I am also using twitter to pass along articles and news. The Twitter account is MUMSComp.
I thought I would pass along a story about one of our graduates. If someone asks what is a Marquette degree in computing good for, the answer is just about anything in the hands of the right person.
How did a Polish religious brother with no college degree end up turning heads in Marquette's master's program in computer science and then use that knowledge to transform the lives of hundreds in Tanzania? (Read the full feature story.)
Marquette alumni Eric and Karine Boos first met Brother Albin Laga, S.D.S., at the Salvatorian Institute in Tanzania, where Brother Albin was the technical plant supervisor. He is like the Mozart of electronics, Eric says. He can do anything with any machine. It was Brother Albin who created the entire infrastructure for the college's $25 million campus, installing the phone, computer, water filtration and solar energy systems.
But as a young boy growing up in communist Poland, he scored poorly on an aptitude test because of an eye problem. Deprived of education, he turned to the Catholic Church, joined the Salvatorian order as a religious brother and was able to receive vocational training. He moved to Morogoro, Tanzania, in 1989 and began teaching himself computers a few years later. He fell in love with designing and developing database systems.
It came time when learning everything by myself became quite hard, Brother Albin says. It was then that I expressed my desire to Eric and Karine to increase my computer knowledge in a professional way. At that time Eric and Karine proposed Marquette to me.
And so Eric and Karine persuaded Brother Albin's religious superiors to give him a sabbatical in 2004. With the help of scholarships and benefactors, they got him into Marquette, where he started auditing classes in computer science. Marquette quickly bumped him up to regular master's student status, despite the fact that he didn't have a bachelor's degree.
At the beginning I was very afraid. That is why I joined MU not for a degree program, but for a professional improvement program, Brother Albin explains. When I began to attend the classes, I learned that it was exactly what I was looking for.
He graduated with his master's in 2006 and returned to Tanzania to put what he learned into practice. His latest project is developing a nationwide network for the Catholic radio stations of Tanzania.
Some people find joy and happiness when they can do something for others, simply be useful, Brother Albin says. In Tanzania, there are many such opportunities on many different fields. Most of the poor people can pay you back joy and peace, which actually is more than enough of what we need when doing charitable work with Christ. I think that I belong to that group of people.