Interested in Analytics? Come to these workshops!

Ready to take your analytical skills to the next level? This semester, OPIM Innovate is hosting a data analytics workshop series. These workshops are designed to help better your functional skill set. 

 

Feb 21 – Visual Analytics with Tableau

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about Visual Analytics. The discussion will include an overview of the Tableau software platform and how it is used in visualization. We will touch upon the best practices of data visualization and the strengths and weaknesses of telling a story with data using Tableau. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Feb 28 – Introduction to Python 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement)  

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about the basics of Python programming. The discussion will include an introduction to Python, a powerful and easy-to-learn programming language favored by data scientists. We will cover basic syntax and data structures and conclude by writing some simple programs. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot.

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Mar 6 – Applications of Machine learning 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about the topic of machine learning. The discussion will include an overview of the different perspectives around ML (Machine Learning) and A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). We will discuss several direct search methods such as Nelder and Mead, Shor’s r-Algorithm and random search. Direct search methods are using reinforcement learning strategies in machine learning. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by Nadia Udler, Fordham University Faculty Member

 

Mar 27 – Alexa Skills with VoiceFlow 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about developing skills for Amazon Alexa. The discussion will include an overview of virtual digital assistants and smart speakers. Participants will be introduced to the VoiceFlow software platform and work to develop a basic Alexa skill. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Apr 17 – Introduction to 3D Modeling 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about the use of Solid Works for 3D Modeling. The discussion will include an overview of 3D Modeling technologies and how they are used in different industries. Real world demonstrations of 3D printing different models will be shown.We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by a team of lab specialists 

 

Apr 24 – Drones in Action 

1 – 3PM

BUSN 391 – OPIM Gladstein Lab  (Can be used as OPIM 3103 requirement) 

 

This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about drone technology.  This event is a collaboration between OPIM Innovate and On Course Drones, the owner of a drone pilot training company. We will discuss how Drones have disrupted a number of industries including insurance, logistics, medicine, and entertainment. This will lead us to a demonstration of different types of drones and how to fly them. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more. Seating in the lab is limited, please complete the workshop registration form to reserve your spot. 

 

Presented by Jason Otrin, CEO of On Course Drones

Earn up to $4,000 for your student-led project!

Is there a creative endeavor you want to engage in, or an original research project you would like to conduct? Do you have a product you would like to develop, an entrepreneurial venture you want to launch, or a service initiative you would like to implement? This is your chance to flex your creative muscles, innovate, and explore! 

 

Applications are currently being accepted for the UConn IDEA Grant academic year funding.

The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding of up to $4000 per student to support student-designed projects including:

  •  Artistic & creative endeavors
  • Community service initiatives
  • Entrepreneurial ventures & prototype development
  • Research projects
  • Other innovative, student driven projects

 

Undergraduates in all majors at all UConn campuses can apply. Applications accepted from individuals and small groups. 

 

Application Deadline:

Monday, March 9, 2020

Click here for more information

Attention Seniors — Exago is Hiring!

Exago, a 14 year old software company operating in the business intelligence and analytics space, is looking to hire for both their Business Intelligence Implementation Specialist role & Technical Support Engineer role. 

 

Business Intelligence Implementation Role

Location: Shelton, CT

Within their Business Intelligence Implementation role, you will be responsible for working directly with clients, becoming a product expert with the Exago BI solution, and coordinating with their solutions and support team. This role requires the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and providing clients with operational guidance on hosting the Exago BI platform. 

 

Requirements: 

  • Prior IT and/or software hosting experience
  • Knowledge of network architecture and cloud hosting solutions (AWS, Azure, etc.)
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical, troubleshooting and problem solving skills
  • Experience with relational database concepts and design

For more about this role and to apply 

 

Technical Support Engineer Role

Location : Kingston, NY

Those interested in their Technical Support Engineer role, will be responsible for working with software developers from Exago clients companies who are integrating Exago BI into their host application. You will also be responsible for continuing to innovate and expand on internal troubleshooting tools and resources. In this role, you will work closely with our development team to resolve software, data, configuration, and other operational issues.

 

Requirements: 

  • A degree in Computer Science or relevant professional experience
  • Moderate to advanced skills in one or many of the following areas:
    • Relational databases (SQL, MySQL, Oracle, etc) including reading/writing queries and understanding of fundamental database principles
    • Object-oriented programming (preferably C#)
    • Web Application Basics (client server relationship, web APIs, etc.)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate with a variety of technical and non-technical people

For more about this role and to apply

Innovate Wellness Challenge – Register Today!

Interested in taking a proactive and innovative approach to student stress? Well you’re in luck because the UConn Wellness Coalition and OPIM Innovate are hosting UConn’s second campus-wide Innovate Wellness Challenge. 

This year, undergraduate student teams will address student stress. Students have the best vantage point to take on this challenge and all perspectives from our talented, innovative huskies are welcome. Through this challenge participants will use the Design Thinking Process, build their skills and resumé, work with students, staff, and faculty, and have the chance to implement their solutions, and win up to $2,250!

The Innovate Wellness Challenge is composed of three rounds:

  • Poster Presentations
  • Semi-Final Presentations
  • Final Presentations

We value student voices and are looking for creative solutions that allow and encourage students to share their ideas for empowering students to reach their full potential both in and outside of the classroom.

The Challenge is open to all students and we highly encourage interdisciplinary teams. Registration is open now until February 11, 2020. Click here to learn more on our webpage.

Attention Seniors – Synchrony Financial is Hiring!

Position : Full Time Business Leadership Program
Location : Stamford, CT

SynchRony Financial (a consumer financial services company), is currently seeking to add a new full time member to their Technology Track Business Leadership Program at their Stamford Headquarters. 

 

The Business Leadership Program Technology track combines the energy of a startup with the resources of a major financial institution. This role would provide you with opportunities across different areas of their team, giving you unique perspectives on how Technology fits into the broader business landscape, including:

  • Mobile App Development & Project Management
  • Information Security Forensics & Incident Management
  • Innovation & Emerging Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Data & API Development
  • Leadership, Experiential and Technical Training

In the Technology track, you and your team would be responsible for enhancing and maintaining the world-class infrastructure necessary to grow the business and keep Synchrony at the forefront of the industry. You would develop various skills in the Business Leadership Program: 

  • Agile Software Development
  • Business Communication
  • Agile Project Management
  • Technology Planning
  • Software Development: Java, XCode, Javascript, Bootstrap, Angular, and more

To learn more or to apply, click here.

EY is Hiring Interns!

 

Open Internships: 

  • Summer 2020 Launch Internship
  • Summer 2020 Audit & Tax Internships 
  • Fall 2020 Audit & Tax Internships
  • Winter 2021 Audit, Tax, and Risk Advisory Internships 
  • Summer 2021 Audit, Tax, and Risk Advisory Internships 

 

Application Deadline: 

2020 Internships – Rolling Applications

2021 Internships – 2/10/20 on Handshake 

 

Upcoming Events: 

EY Virtual Info Session    

Location: Zoom Web Conference 

Date & Time: 1/28/20 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM     

Description: This is a virtual info session via Zoom where they will discuss their service lines and spring 2020 opportunities. Students can sign up to attend here: https://forms.gle/T2U293hQLCEFKBgz6

 

EY Office Hours  

Location: School of Business – BUSN 205 & 206

Date & Time: 2/5/20 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Description:  EY Office Hours will allow students to spend 20 minutes with an EY professional about a topic of their choice: EY service lines, EY culture, interviewing skills, resume building, etc.

Students can sign up to attend here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4DAEA62CA7FA7-eyoffice1

 

Accounting Department Leadership Programs Career Fair       

Location: School of Business – BUSN 321

Date & Time: 2/5/20 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM              

Description: To promote EY’s brand and internship and job opportunities to UConn SoB students!

 

Beta Alpha Psi Info Session             

Location: School of Business

Date & Time: 2/12/20 from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM            

Description: We will be attending a BAP meeting to highlight EY and our present and future opportunities. 

 

Mark Your Calendars : Eisenhower Series Coming to UConn!

Are you interested in Empowering Innovation in the Department of Defense? Eisenhower series is coming to Uconn! The Eisenhower Series College Program is a fifty-year-old outreach effort run by the Army War College offered to university and community groups around the nation. Each year, selected service members travel nationwide to strengthen connections between the American Military and the society it serves. 

 

Event Type: Panelist Discussion 

Date & Time:  1/31/20 from 4 – 5:30 PM 

Location:  Dodd Konover Auditorium

 

Description: 

Senior military and policy representatives will speak on current topics followed by an informal Q&A. The objective of the program is to provide a broad and unique series of fora to discuss and debate contemporary and future national security issues. Both the officers and the public benefit from an open, honest and frank exchange on significant issues of national and international concern. 

 

Discussion Topics:

  • Empowering Innovation in the Department of Defense
  •  U.S. Role in Managing Climate Change 
  • The Future of Strategic Intelligence
  • The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence

Attention Seniors – IBM is Hiring!

Position: Full Time Accounting Systems Analysts 

Location: IBM’s Southbury Connecticut office. 

 

 International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) is currently seeking a Management Information Systems major to fill their Accounting Systems Analyst full time position for Winter 2020.

 

In this role, you will serve as a liaison between IBM Finance and the IBM CIO organization, working with both teams on operational and transformational projects.  Their efforts are integral to the effort in producing IBM’s external financial results and the financial metrics used by the Company’s senior leadership to manage IBM. You will help build, enhance and maintain their Accounting Consolidation solutions using skills such as DB2, Cognos Analytics, SPSS, JIRA, Slack, Splunk, advanced Excel, Robotic Process Automation, and other new technology data analytics tools. 

 

In concert with these information systems applications, you will grow your interest in business controls, operations management, agile practices, problem solving techniques, and communications. As an Accounting System Analyst at IBM you’ll be a key player in all aspects of strategic payments planning. You will make significant contributions to high-profile operational initiatives as the business continues to grow globally.

 

What you’ll do:

  • Demonstrate a clear pride of ownership for the team-owned applications
  • Propose new and transformative ideas with relentless focus on quality and continuous improvement
  • Perform root cause analysis of technical and process issues
  • Provide fiduciary oversight to application operations with a keen eye to meeting and achieving control outcomes

Required Qualifications :

  • Bachelor’s degree in MIS or   Computer Science
  • Excel, DB2, QMF
  • Project management 
  • Excellent communication skills with proven problem-solving experience
Preferred Qualifications: 
  • 2 years Excel, DB2, QMF
Eligibility: 

Candidates must have the eligibility to work in the United States without a current or future need for Visa sponsorship. 

Apply through Handshake here

MEM Majors Brainstorm Manufacturing Solutions with AR/VR

On Thursday, November 21st, OPIM Innovate hosted a rotational virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) workshop for UConn’s Management and Engineering for Manufacturing program (MEM). Here, students from Professor Mousumi Roy’s MEM3221 class were tasked with brainstorming ways in which either VR or AR can be integrated into the manufacturing process. 

In order for OPIM Innovate to accommodate all participating MEM students, the same workshop was given three different times throughout mid-November. Stations were set up around the Innovate Lab to accommodate several people at once, featuring devices such as the Google Cardboard headset and the Oculus Go. The most popular of all virtual reality devices was the HTC Vive. This wired headset allowed students to participate in Valve’s The Lab, an immersive experience with various minigames showcasing the potential of VR. 

After participating in all stations, students became more comfortable with VR and AR technology. This led to the insurgence of ideas for MEM applications and an enthusiasm for innovation. Daniel Castillo (MEM ‘19), for example, informed me that VR would be a great way to start training incoming manufacturing personnel. “It can teach us how to program and utilize on-site machinery,” he said. “Since we don’t all have access to these machines in schools, VR is a great alternative.” 

Two other students, Nick Porebski (MEM ‘20) and Ben Zekowski (MEM ‘20), informed me of their ideas for VR applications in computer-aided design (CAD). “Students could view and interact with a draft of their design in real-time,” Nick said. “And, since you don’t have to print the material,” Ben added, “it could save on time and cut costs.” 

We thank the MEM department for their interest in the OPIM Innovate initiative and to all the students who participated in this event! For any innovation inquiries, please feel free to consult the Lab, again! 

Hanover Image Analytics Challenge Displays the Power of Interdisciplinary Teams

On Wednesday, November 20th, OPIM Innovate hosted the Hanover Image Analytics Challenge in partnership with Hanover Insurance Group. There, ten teams competed for the opportunity to implement their solutions in a real-world business setting through a spring semester externship. Cash prizes were split between four different thresholds, each having their own requirements. While the lowest threshold provided each participant with a baseline of $100, the highest threshold awarded each team member with $500 and an opportunity to work with Hanover. The objective of the challenge was to have participants make use of a dataset including details on current customer properties and prospective properties to be insured by Hanover.

The difference between this challenge and other case competitions is that it implored students to search for interdisciplinary team members. Rather than having all participants be business majors or intra-major, there were a multitude of participants with little to no business or technical knowledge. As explained by Rob Brewer, Middle Market Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer at Hanover, the required roles self-assigned by each team member–business analyst, marketing specialist, developer, and data analyst–reflected Hanover’s real-world teams. “Our employees seldom work by themselves,” Brewer said. “They’re always working together across roles.” 

Through the Hanover Challenge, students learned the benefits of cross-boundary teaming. Competitors from OP I AM, one of the Threshold 3 teams recognized during the Awards Dinner following the challenge, made this clear during the Q&A portion of their presentation. When asked what was most challenging while working through their solution, which included the use of data science methodologies to detect and assess certain property holdings, Mariela Kridzelis (MIS & English ‘19), the team’s marketing specialist, commented on the benefits of an interdisciplinary team. “I wouldn’t necessarily go down the challenge route,” she said. “I thought working with my team members was extremely enlightening. We all learned something from each other.” 

Vaughn Nangle, the data analyst of another Tier 3 group entitled Alpha Analytics, also commented on team dynamics. “Throughout the Challenge, my team members and I collaborated so well that we thought we were working beyond our roles. By the very end of the Challenge when we finally presented our solution, that’s when we realized we were actually performing our roles the entire time. In working together, we shared skillsets and expanded each other’s knowledge–it just goes to show how beneficial teams like these are.” The solution Alpha Analytics presented to the judges was a variable heat map of various insurance risk factors. 

We’d like to extend a warm thank you to the Hanover Insurance Group and all faculty and staff that helped with the Hanover Image Analytics Challenge. We’d also like to thank the ten remaining teams of the Image Analytics Challenge for presenting their amazing solutions! 

Please scroll through the slide deck below for team photos.