Month: March 2017

Make a Difference by Taking Part in HackUConn2017

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society is hosting a 24-hour event called HackUConn2017 to attempt to change the world for those suffering with severe allergies. Over the 24-hour period, students will collaborate to brainstorm and develop innovations to issues related to allergies. Mentors, speakers and prototyping tools will be available at the event to assist students in developing these solutions.

The event will take place starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 24th and go until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th in the NextGen Hall. There will be free t-shirts, food and great prizes offered. Students of all majors and skill sets are encouraged to participate.

Students interested in participating should register here, as space is limited. Please contact with any questions regarding the event.


Student Spotlight – Katie Cavanaugh (MIS Senior)


UConn senior, Katie Cavanaugh is pursuing a dual degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Political Science. Although, when she began her college career, she only had one major: Political Science. It was through her work in social science research that Katie discovered her interest in information systems.

“At the time, I had no technical knowledge of how any of this worked: I was essentially just following directions with little ability to understand why a result was the way it was. I became interested in learning more about the ‘why,'” Katie said.

In her research, Katie worked extensively using databases, performing data management and cleaning functions, and conducting data analysis. Because of this, Katie said she was intrigued to learn more about technology, particularly in data management and analytics, and she saw the MIS major as the perfect way to do so.

On campus, Katie is involved as a project leader for the UConn Consulting Group and representing the student voice in the School of Business Undergraduate Curriculum Revision Task Force.

In information technology, Katie is interested in exploring how businesses can align unique products or services with the use of technology to succeed. The dynamic of business processes has completely shifted because technology is so available and financially obtainable, she said.

“I firmly believe the most pressing strategy question facing any business today is how to leverage technology, specifically data, to gain a competitive advantage,” Katie said.

This past summer, Katie worked as a Data Analytics BLP-Intern for Synchrony Financial at their Innovation Station in Chicago. Katie said this real-world job experience allowed her to take the technical skills she has learned in classes and apply them at the next level.

“Working in the Innovation Station influenced me to really think of technology as a driving force for innovation within an organization, instead of the support function it once was,” Katie said of her experience.

After graduation, Katie will be working as a Management Consulting Analyst for Accenture’s Strategy division in Hartford. She said that she is very excited to begin her work in the field and to gain an even greater understanding of how technology affects different organizations. Additionally, Katie said she hopes to get involved in the startup community because it is where the majority of new technology development and application is happening.

As for her ultimate goal in the field, Katie hopes to pursue an advanced degree down the line and become a professor. She said, “I’m not joking when I say I love college and never want to leave!”

She encourages younger MIS students to take advantage of internship opportunities to build skills and get hands-on experience in different areas of the field. MIS is unique in that it offers students a chance to build technical skills in a variety of areas, which is great, she said.

“I would suggest looking at internships as a chance to explore these different areas in depth and, ultimately, discover which area interests you most in terms of your long-term career goals,” Katie said.

Katie attributes much of her success to UConn. She said it has uniquely prepared her for her career in ways that no other university would have.

“The realities and, at times, challenges of navigating a large, research institution have prepared me to face my career with the same grit and passion I see on campus every day,” Katie said.

Over the past four years, UConn has given Katie many one-of-a-kind opportunities, such as – taking part in a multidisciplinary academic program to build an uncommon skill set, working with a diverse group of students as a student leader, and connecting with dedicated alumni who she believes have been instrumental in shaping her career path. Katie is looking forward to her life as a UConn alum and bringing the skills she’s learned at the university into her professional life.

IT Security Networking Reception

jasonThe Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department, along with the Information Management Association (IMA) invites you to join them for an IT Security Networking Reception prior to the Executive Lecture on Thursday, March 9th.

Former MIS student, Jason Meller (Class of 07′) is the CEO and co-founder of Kolide, an early-stage, Boston-based cyber security startup. Jason has spent his 10-year career building technology that enable cyber security professionals to protect US interests from advanced and persistent threats domestic and abroad.

Before founding Kolide, Jason served as Chief Security Strategist at publicly traded cyber security firm FireEye. There, he was responsible for conceptualizing, building, and deploying, key flagship products.  Jason helped bolster the FireEye portfolio by advising executive leadership on acquisition opportunities. In addition, he built a skunkworks team which created custom security solutions for Fortune 500 partners. Prior to FireEye, Jason co-founded and served as CEO of Threat Stack (a Techstars-backed cloud security startup). Before which, he served as a product manager at incident response firm Mandiant. Prior to Mandiant, he was a founding member of GE’s Computer Incident Response Team.

The networking reception will be an informal event in which Jason can speak to his experience in the IT security field. This will be a smaller setting in which the MIS / BDA and IMA members can ask him questions about his background and advice on how to make it in entrepreneurial setting. All are welcome to attend his Executive Lecture (for the OPIM 3103 students) that will follow the reception.

When: Thursday, March 9th from 5 – 6 p.m.

Where: OPIM Gladstein Lab, Rm 391

Light refreshments will be available for attendees. We hope to see you there!


Finance opportunity at Connecticut Wealth Management, LLC, open to all majors

There is an opening at Connecticut Wealth Management, LLC for a Junior Financial Advisor to provide operational support to a team of advisors and their client relationships.

Connecticut Wealth Management, LLC is a small Registered Investment Advisory Firm that works with high net worth individuals nationwide. The company claims the position to be teamwork-oriented and fun.

Although this is a Finance-based position, the opportunity is open to any major. This is an ideal position for those looking to pursue a career in financial services. The company is looking for an individual that is intelligent, detail oriented, focused and possesses strong communications skills when interacting with clients. More details about this position can be found here.

If you are interested in applying, please send your resume and a personal statement describing your interest and why you would be an ideal candidate for the position to by Wednesday, March 8th at 5 p.m.