Month: December 2017

Robert McClardy Jr. Student Spotlight

Robert McClardy Jr.,a freshman from New London, Connecticut is just getting started on his collegiate journey through the Computer Science and Math Statistics programs. McClardy attended Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School, where he was able to take courses in Information Technology (IT). It was here that he developed skills on designing, developing, and programming, hardware, software, and multimedia platforms. “The more I learned about computers, the more I wanted to learn,” McClardy remarked on his continuous interest in IT. His thirst for technical knowledge could not be stopped, so he did more projects outside of the classroom, got involved, and participated in programming competitions. McClardy’s senior year he made a forum site where people could log in, make posts, and reply to each other. This helped with programs and frameworks, and incorporated what he has done in the past with database management and website building. It was these extra steps of involvement in IT that spurred him to choose his majors.

Although his time at UConn has been short, McClardy has made a conscious effort to get involved on campus. Since the beginning of the semester he has joined the Men’s Glee Club, the Math Club, and OSTEM.  In OSTEM, which stands for Out in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), they build networking skills and tinker with different technology, such as microcontrollers. He is most interested in the opportunities within OSTEM and Math Club because they are closely related to his major and will improve his resume. Math Club meets once a week to watch and listen to presentations on topics such as Applications of Divergence of the Harmonic Series, Continued Fractions and Fibonacci Numbers, and the Hausdorff Dimension. One of the reasons why McClardy enjoys this club is that “there isn’t a focus on one particular section of math, which can make it hard to understand, but it’s still enjoyable to see the process of thinking that was used to prove or disprove a topic.”

In addition to all of these clubs, McClardy was also able to secure an on campus job in the OPIM Department in the Gladstein Lab as a Student Lab Specialist. This job builds upon the knowledge he gained from his high school position as a Microsoft Office Instructor. As a Microsoft Office Instructor he gave presentations and helped students one on one to teach them how to use different programs in Microsoft Office. In order to get this position he needed to become certified in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access, so that he could teach these skills to a class of 10-15 students. However McClardy was not satisfied with the average instructor certification, so he went on to get his MOS Specialist Master, which verifies that he earned two certifications in addition to two expert certifications for Excel Expert 2013, Word Expert 2013, Access 2013, and PowerPoint 2013.

Robert McClardy is wholeheartedly invested in the Computer Science and Math Statistics programs. “They’re both something that I don’t get bored of. When I think about working on them I don’t feel stressed. I feel more inspired to work on them even if I don’t know the solution.” Because of this inspiration he has thought of becoming a Database Administrator or going in to software development. No matter the choice, McClardy is sure to be an exceptional student through his remaining years at UConn and a stand out applicant when he begins the job search.


PwC Risk Assurance Full-time Position

PwC is looking for strong senior or recent graduate applicants interested in a full-time, entry-level associate position in Hartford for the summer/fall of 2018. In order to apply, students must have achieved, or be in the process of achieving, a degree in Accounting, Finance/Economics, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Business Administration, Statistics Mathematics, Regulatory Compliance, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and/or another business field of study, while preferably maintaining a 3.3 cumulative and major GPA. Before starting at PwC, it is preferred that the candidate will be eligible to sit for the primary credential exam, such as having 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam in certain states.

Risk Assurance Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics (ARCA) consists of 500+ data and analytics consultants delivering projects to both Audit and Non-Audit clients. These projects will assist in converting data to allow them to detect, monitor and predict risk, translate findings into business narratives, report accurate and complete results, and make better decisions using analytics and visualization.

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Nathan Hom Student Spotlight

Nathan Hom, a junior Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) major, has made sure to leave his mark on the UConn community during his undergraduate career. Hom entered UConn in the undecided (ACES) track, bouncing around the ideas of  being a medical doctor, pharmacist, or an engineer. It wasn’t until after he attended open houses and sought out advice from upperclassmen that the thought of engineering, specifically MEM, crossed his mind. “Having a degree from both the School of Business and the School of Engineering allows you to leverage the knowledge between both and get a job in either field.” His dual degree will give him the power to choose whether he wants to take the business route or the engineering route once he starts looking at jobs in the near future, opening doors to two vastly different worlds of opportunities.

The MEM major is just one of the many opportunities that Hom has decided to take advantage of since attending UConn. “UConn is great when it comes to networking, funding, and involvement,” said Hom as he recounted his experience with his extracurricular activities. He has actively been involved in the Cyber Security Club, MEM Society, and the 3D printing club since his freshman year. The Cyber Security Club aims to teach members about the protection of computer systems, such as how passwords are cracked and how to have a secure password. Sometimes the club hosts “hacking” competitions where members test their skills from what they’ve learned in their weekly meetings, which directly relates to Hom’s studies through MEM. MEM Society is mostly a networking group that brings in speakers and recruiters to give insight and advice towards career opportunities in the future. On top of these three clubs, Hom is also a research assistant for the Mechanical Engineering Department and helps “fabricate a biodegradable and compatible sensor that can be implanted in living things for medical purposes.”  It was the MEM Society and the 3D printing club, which gives students resources, information, and access to 3D printers, that helped Nathan land his current position as a 3D Printing Specialist in the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department. As the 3D Printing Specialist he teaches students to use the printer, helps students print during walk in appointments, and tech kits. This job has helped him gain valuable experience in the field and will help him get jobs in the future.

Eager to see what his future holds, Hom is focusing on further developing his engineering and business skills to one day become a C-Suite Executive of a company.

Microcontrollers Workshop

On Friday, December 1, the Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Department held it’s last workshop of the semester on Microcontroller Applications. Microcontrollers are small circuit boards that have the computer power to perform different tasks. There are three common brands of microcontrollers, including Raspberry Pi, Arduinos, and Intel Edisons. Although the OPIM Department has all three types, this workshop used Raspberry Pis to enhance the hands on experience of the activities. So far there have a number of versions of Raspberry Pis manufactured and each version has gotten better over time adding additional hardware and features including wireless and Bluetooth technology. Microcontrollers are so open ended, anyone can benefit from their use.

“Raspberry Pi is a system that that has unlimited possibilities,” said Dongyeop Han, a junior Management Information Systems (MIS) major. Coding on a Raspberry Pi can be used for a variety of different things. Some common uses are smart displays, home security, computer security, computer vision, robotics, Internet of Things and facial recognition. In the workshop, adjunct professor Ryan O’Connor used the Raspberry Pis to control smart light bulbs by turning them on and off, and changing their color. O’Connor also used the raspberry pis to monitor and gather data on the air quality in the Gladstein Lab through the Awair Smart Monitor. O’Connor stated that people who like to innovate and tinker with things benefit the most from microcontrollers. “It is also a low cost alternative to a computer, so if you’re not doing something super complex you can just have a raspberry pie to browse the web, said Nathan Hom, a junior Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) major. The workshop allowed each participant to get hands on experience with a Raspberry Pi and play around with the different features available.

Although this workshop highlights the many applications for Raspberry Pi microcontrollers we are seeing a big increase in their use across businesses. Tasks like measuring amounts of gas in fuel tanks or controlling large number of smart devices have become popular as use cases in industry.