Interested in Analytics? Come to These Workshops!

Want to dive into the world of analytics and better your functional skill set? This semester, OPIM Innovate is hosting a data analytics workshop series. These workshops are associated with the Image Analytics Challenge for The Hanover Insurance Group. Students may attend a workshop, even if they are not participating in the challenge.

The following workshops will be held from 4-6 PM in BUSN 127:

  • Data Modeling – 10/10/19 (upcoming)
  • Predictive Analytics– 10/31/19
  • Data Visualization– 11/7/19
  • CBA of Data Models – 11/14/19

These workshops are designed to provide you with hands-on experience to learn about data analytics. Please share the word and encourage students who may be interested to attend the workshops. For more information visit the Innovate Workshops page.

Mark Your Calendars: Hanover Image Analytics Challenge Kick-off

Ready to take your analytical skills to the next level? Hanover Insurance will be sponsoring an Image Analytics Challenge, open to all UConn students, on November 20th. To prepare, students will be required to create an interdisciplinary team of four and attend as many workshops and mentoring sessions as possible.

For those interested in having the Challenge count for academic credit, there is a 1-credit OPIM 4895 elective available. To participate in the class, students have to attend the workshops and present their case. For students outside the elective, participating in the competition automatically earns them a $100 scholarship. All teams have the chance of earning up to $500 dollars per person and may be offered an on-campus internship from Hanover Insurance.

For more information on the Hanover Image Analytics Challenge, please attend the Challenge Kick-off on September 18th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Homer Babbidge Library, Room 2119A or visit the Challenge homepage.


Mark Your Calendars: MIS Case Competition Kick-off

Interested in bettering your problem-solving, teamwork, and presentation skills? The Operations and Information Management Department will be hosting its fourth annual MIS Case Competition on October 4th in the Gladstein Lab (BUSN 391). Students are required to form teams of three, with two team members currently studying in the School of Business, and present a solution to a business case.

The team that comes in first place will be rewarded with a $1500 cash prize that will be divided into three $500 scholarships.

For more information on the MIS Case Competition, please attend the Kick-off Meeting on September 20th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Business Lounge (BUSN 116) and visit the Case Competition homepage.

We hope to see you at the Kickoff!

Mark Your Calendars: MIS Meet and Greet

On Friday, September 13th, UConn’s OPIM Department will be hosting a Management Information Systems (MIS) Meet and Greet for students who are studying MIS or are interested in the major. The Meet and Greet will be held in the OPIM Department’s Gladstein Lab, BUSN 391 from 1:00-3:00 PM.

For students new to the MIS major, the Meet and Greet will be a perfect opportunity to learn more about the major, the OPIM Innovate initiative, and the Information Management Association (IMA). In the Gladstein Lab, attendees will be able to acquaint themselves with some of the Department’s emerging technologies, such as virtual reality headsets, microcontrollers, and 3D printing tools. These technologies can then be later explored through various workshops, which are hosted by OPIM Innovate throughout the semester.

The MIS Meet and Greet will also be a great way to get involved with the Information Management Association (IMA), a student-run organization that hosts events related to information technology. IMA frequently invites industry professionals to talk about information technology, their companies, future job opportunities, and other career-related topics.

Giveaways will be up for grabs for those who attend. Please join us for a closer look into the world of MIS at UConn!

Mark Your Calendars: Hanover Insurance Careers in Analytics Panel


On September 11th, Hanover Insurance will be hosting a Careers in Analytics panel from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in McHugh 101. During the panel, seasoned analytics professionals will be discussing the field of analytics, including valuable pre-requisite skill sets, potential career paths, and UConn’s analytics minor.

Information will be provided at the event regarding the Hanover Image Analytics Challenge, which will be occurring later in the semester.

If you are interested in learning more about how data analytics is changing the world at large, now’s your chance!

Mark Your Calendars: Pet Therapy!

Want to pet some pups? On Tuesday, September 10th from 3 PM to 7 PM, the Information Management Association (IMA) and Student Health and Wellness will be hosting a pet therapy session in the School of Business, BUSN 116. Come unwind with furry friends and celebrate UConn’s first school-sanctioned pet therapy event!

If you’re interested in learning more about IMA, their informational meeting will follow shortly after from 7 PM to 8 PM.

For more information on the dogs that will be attending, click here.

Hope to see you all there!


Get Grants for Your Social Impact Projects!

Attention entrepreneurs and innovators! The UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship is currently taking applications for social impact projects! Successful pitches receive a Change Grant, or a $2,000 max reward to go towards any project intended for social good.

In order to be eligible to receive a Change Grant, projects must meet one of the following criteria:

  • be beneficial to the UConn community or any external community
  • go towards the education and enrichment of populations in need
  • be a creative project focusing on social issues
  • be a product or service that fulfills an unmet need and positively contributes to the world at large

The Fall 2019 application window closes on September 30th. For more information on how to apply for a Change Grant, click here.

Nalas Engineering Is Hiring! Summer 2019 IT Internship

Nalas Engineering, a chemical engineering company, is currently searching for a team-oriented and hard working information technology (IT) intern for Summer 2019. The intern will be assisting Nalas with various IT needs, such as preparing and maintaining IT equipment (computers, printers, tablets, etc.), resolving networking issues, and providing one-on-one IT assistance and training to staff.

In order to qualify for this position, the applicant must be either a computer science, information technology, or management information systems major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (junior or senior standing is preferred). In addition, experience with Windows operating systems, Windows Active Directory, Windows Group Policy, routers, firewalls, and networking protocols such as TCP/IP are required.

Interested in this position? Please contact for more information.



Girls For Tech Stops By The Innovate Lab

On Saturday, April 27th, Girls for Technology, an after-school program based in Hartford, CT that offers girls in minority and underprivileged communities access to emerging technologies, stopped by the Innovate Lab with students in their augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) program. There, these young girls were able to utilize virtual reality headsets, drones, augmented reality tools, and wearable technologies to spur their interest in STEM fields. With the insights of Innovate lab specialists, students were even given advice and information on how VR/AR can be used in a commercial setting.

The Girls for Technology AR/VR program ended its most recent cycle with their trip to the Innovate Lab. After the three-hour program set up by Innovate director Jon Moore and participating student lab specialists, many student workers left with a feeling of fulfillment. “I had a very fun time walking students through how to use the technologies we provide at Innovate,” said Joanne Cheong (MIS ’20), “I also felt like a made a difference by giving these young girls career advice and encouraging them to explore how to use these technologies in positive and profitable ways.”  Alexander Zevin (Computer Science & Finance ’21) followed by saying, “I thought it was very important to show these young girls not to be intimidated by the learning curve associated with certain technologies.”

We thank Girls for Technology for visiting Innovate and hope we helped inspire your young students!


Innovate Lab Specialist Runs 3D Printing Workshop

On Friday, April 26th, OPIM Innovate hosted its 3D Printing Workshop. There, lab specialist Eli Udler walked students through the 3D printing process with Tinkercad, an open-source computer-aided design platform. After a brief walkthrough on how to use the online tool, students were then given free rein to pursue and build any of the step-by-step projects provided by the Tinkercad support team. For those students who were beginners or still intimidated by the software, Udler recommended the pennywhistle tutorial. As students worked independently, Udler remained attentive and answered any and all questions as they were asked.

After the workshop, many students left with a better understanding of 3D printing and computer-aided design. However, what made students feel the most fulfilled were the unlimited possibilities of 3D design and the Tinkercad platform. “With all of the tools and shapes we could use, I found it really enjoyable to just see what I could make,” said Neel Chakravarti (Environmental Engineering ’22). This was also the case for animal science major Rafael Samaniego (’20). “It was fun to turn each building block into something more complex,” he said.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the 3D Printing Workshop! Innovate would also like to thank Eli Udler for his participation as a workshop instructor in our workshop series!