Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dec MIS Grads - pls help with 3-min survey ($50 possible!)

First, Congrats! Getting through all the requirements, registration challenges, life diversions, etc. is a big deal. Well done. Time to write the next chapter in your life.

Second, before you go can you take 3 min to leave us some data (anonymous) that we can use to help other students and the MIS program? The SJSU Career Center is collecting this and giving away $50 in a raffle so it could be profitable for you, besides giving back to future generations.

Here's the link to the survey which is in the Career Center's Handshake system. And here's a link to the flyer they're distributing, if you're interested.

Thanks for helping out. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1st Latino Tech Summit & Career Expo: Santa Clara, right after T-giving

I know everybody's in Thanksgiving mode already now, but take a moment to look ahead to next week so you can plan for something that could be quite useful. From November 30-December 2, the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion (LICI) in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), as well as several national Latino organizations, will host the first Latino Tech Summit right in our neighborhood (Santa Clara). Lots of impressive speakers, etc. from the Latino tech community will be there and the Career Expo part is a great chance to connect with employers. 

The student registration is only $30 and includes breakfast & lunch so definitely worth the cost. Check it out:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

great Jr Webmaster student assistant job on campus

If you're an MIS student who has some good web skills, eg. taken 118W, and/or picked up some HTML/CSS/Javascript and some familiarity with PHP, MySQL, etc. (at least a year left before graduating) then this is a great opportunity for you to work on campus (College of Humanities & the Arts)—here's the job description and here's the app.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering students will be applying too, and they may have more strength in Unix, Shell Scripting, Git, etc. but MIS students have an edge in some of these Key Competencies they list:

  • Ability to learn new skills (technical or nontechnical) quickly
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Planning and organization

and Primary Tasks and Responsibilities like "Work closely with Senior Webmaster and Team to create schedule and organize tasks."

Oh, and the staff-person who is managing the hiring process is a former advisor from our Jack Holland Student Success Center here in Business, so she knows the MIS program and students and reached out to me specifically with this opportunity. :)

So if you're in the ballpark with the technical part, you've got a decent shot. Give it a try. Even though it's on the 4th Street side, it's still super-convenient to work on campus and a great resume-builder toward a web-related career launch when you graduate. Good luck!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Oracle at SJSU Seeking MIS Students - Tomorrow (10/25)!

Check out the announcement below from Oracle's campus recruiter, asking for SJSU students in MIS (among others) to attend an info session about job opportunities there. It's tomorrow (10/25) from 12:30-1:30 in the Student Union Theater. Oracle's a major force in the industry so definitely worth hearing what they have to say, at least. Then they have One-on-One's with managers in the afternoon if you decide you're interested.

Keep in mind that employers who come to campus are spending a lot of time, energy and money to be here because they want to hire SJSU students so you have a leg up over everybody else out there who is trying to get a job with them. Take advantage of it!

Oracle will be on campus this coming Tuesday, October 25 for an information session as noted below.  After the information session we will have two managers available to speak to students about supply chain careers and engineering careers.  We will ask students to sign up for the manager one-on-ones at the information session.  Please encourage your students to attend both events.  Space will be limited for the manager’s one-on-one. All students are welcome to attend.  We will be hoping to speak with students in the following majors:Computer EngineeringElectrical EngineeringComputer ScienceIndustrial and Systems EngineeringManagement Information SystemsGlobal Operations Management  Oracle’s World Wide Operations at SJSU Information SessionTuesday, October 25, 201612:30-1:30pmStudent Union Theater            Come learn about one of the most effective and efficient manufacturing and supply chain teams in the US.  Our dynamic team include some of the brightest business, manufacturing, engineering and supply chain professionals in the world delivering Oracle’s portfolio of hardware products at the fastest rate and lowest possible cost.  Manager One-on-One’sTuesday, October 25, 20162:00pm – 5:00pmCareer CenterAdministration Building, Rooms 154 and 255 Come have a one-on-one conversation with a supply chain manager or engineering manager.  Sign-up for your one-on-one at the Information Session.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SJSU's SISTech claims 3rd place in International Teaching Innovation Competition!

ECIE Teaching Innovation Awards in Jyväskylä, Finland
Well, I had to try herring and beetroot casserole, etc. but it was worth it to travel to Finland to represent SISTech at the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE) a couple of weeks ago. I'm still recovering from the jet lag (10 hours difference from CA), but really happy to have brought back 3rd place for us in a very competitive field.

It was the Salesforce-based labs we developed for our Bus 188 course that did the trick. They loved the idea of using "storification" and social media to present lab exercises as postings from a blog by our main character, Max, a fictional 188 student. She tells the story of how she learns a bit of Salesforce and then stumbles her way into a Silicon Valley startup and then she shows her "fans" how to build the apps she's building for the VC pitches they're making for funding.

Anyway, it was well received by the faculty there not just from Finland but all over Europe and beyond. Some are interested in translating the labs into German, etc. for their students. "Ich bin ein Berliner!"

Awesome NASA opp is Not Rocket Science

This is an pic I took of a "Hyperwall" a few years ago. It's this massive set of HD displays driven by the supercomputer at NASA Ames. One of my former students invited me over for a demo run by an actual Rocket Scientist! He was super-smart obviously but also explained everything really clearly so simple minds like mine could understand the crazy-cool stuff their doing over there. It made me 7.3 % smarter, though I've lost half of that to old age since then. Oh well.

Anyway, to get to the point, NASA has hired a number of our MIS graduates over the years and another one, Adam Nudelman, working in the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at Moffet Field just emailed me to say they're in the process of opening up internship positions and are looking for students from relevant departments such as MIS, Software Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science to fill the spots.

Details are listed below. If you're interested, he said to email him directly at

Awesome place to "launch" your career. ;) 3-2-1...


Control Room Analyst Paid Internship requirements:
- 40 hour work week.
- 8 hour work days.
- Shift work.
- Work weekends.
- Working knowledge of Linux command line.
- Interact with users on the phone and through emails.
- Monitoring systems and working with system admins.
- US citizen

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Big Data is HOT-HOT, so's this opp but sign up ASAP-ASAP!

This just in -

Apparently, as students, you can get in free to the "Dawn of Big Data Applications" conference being held this Sunday, the 18th at the Northeastern University San Jose Campus. I just took a quick look and it seems they have pretty major speakers. Definitely worth the price of admission. At least!

Here's the website

And here's the promo code for free registration: SE16SJSUCA

I would go but I'm at a different conference in Finland this week and it's 1am here so I'm signing off. Over and out.