Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nice VBA Programming Job for Nice Prof on Campus Open Now!

This is an opportunity to work with an engineering professor as a VBA programmer. His name is Dr. Freund and he's quite a nice guy. If you took 92 with us before last spring, and especially if you've taken 110a too, then you'd be a good candidate. The job is on campus and he needs someone ASAP so it's a great opp if you're available and around.

He says if you're interested to contact him directly with a resume at Good luck!

Friday, July 15, 2016

IS Job Market Strong Now & Into the Future

There's a rosy picture of the IS Job Market in this freshly released report published by the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Definitely worth downloading & checking out. If you do, you'll see that it's based on a survey of students at the Top 30 IS programs in the US and you'll also see that the MIS program at SJSU is one of them. In fact, we're the only one from California in that group!

This is a really beautifully prepared and designed report with great analysis and insights. Thanks to the folks at Fox for putting it together. And thanks to all our graduates of 2015 who contributed their info to the survey.

Important note: Remember, the salary figures are national averages so don't be disappointed by what you see there. Here in the Bay Area, we are plagued with an astronomical cost of living, but our salaries (and by "our" I mean those of our graduates, NOT us faculty) are quite a bit higher than the national averages. It may not make up for the higher costs, but it sure helps. I don't have statistical data but based on what I hear, I would guess our top MIS grads are getting starting salaries in the $70k's and up. I know of one who earned passed his Salesforce Developer certification and landed a 6-figure job prior to graduation this last spring!

Take a look for yourself and see what's happening with your future profession.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Apply for CIO Scholarship by Aug 10!

It's hot. Stay inside in the A/C and write your application for the CIO Scholarship, due August 10. It's sponsored by the CIO Scholarship Fund, a local benevolent group of CIOs that strive to support the next generation of leaders in the fields of information systems and technology.

Kevin Soohoo, a former grad from the MIS program at SJSU, now a CIO and giving back by teaching for us part-time, is our liaison to this group of good-hearted execs that has been sponsoring our MIS student awards now for the past several years, too. These folks are dedicated to the field and to the community and we're benefitting immensely from their generosity of time and dollars as well.

Last year we were able to give large checks to two students who both turned out to be in Computer Science. Hopefully, we'll get at least one of the two slots for an MIS student this year. Come on, MIS students, you're supposed to be superior communicators, destined to become great leaders. Show us your stuff this time.

Here's the announcement. Get it on your calendar and spend some time & thought on your essay if you want to be selected. Good luck!

The Management Information Systems department as San Jose State University is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity sponsored by the CIO Scholarship Foundation. The foundation represents a local non profit organization of IS executives that strives to enhance future leadership in the information systems and technology fields by supporting students studying in related fields throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

This year we will award two scholarships to deserving San Jose State students majoring in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering and/or Software Engineering. In addition to being declared as one of these majors, eligible candidates must be in "Good Standing," academically, with a 2.5 GPA or better. Also, candidates must be available to attend the CIO Scholarship Fundraiser event in Livermore on the evening of September 30th, as a guest of honor.

Applications are due no later than 12:00pm on August 10, 2016.

To apply, log into Academic Works Scholarship website and make sure to respond to the required essay question (500 words max) to make a succinct and compelling case for how this award would help you contribute to the scholarship's goal of developing the next generation of information technology leaders in the Bay Area. Along with the essay response, also attach an up to date resume to your application. Final step is to make sure to officially submit your application and not leave in under "draft" status because it will not be reviewed if not submitted. 

Monday, June 20, 2016

CNN profiles former SJSU MIS student now at Google

Please check out this inspiring video about one of my former students, a star MIS grad who lost her sight while she was in the program and then came back, graduated and got hired at Google to work on improving the accessibility of their tools. We honored Jyotsna back when she graduated in 2006 with the Spirit Award that we give in her honor every year since at our MIS graduation. This year, we honored her again with the Outstanding Alumni Award. See her story in the video. It will make you rethink your life and the effort you put into achieving your goals. Congratulations, Jyotsna!

Hackers fighting ISIS (video)

Just ran across this crazy CNN video interview of a hacker, "WauchulaGhost." He and his pals use their talents to fight ISIS on his own. Really interesting. They take over the ISIS Twitter accounts, etc and post up stuff to irritate them like porn & gay pride images, etc. Not strictly legal but they feel like they're doing what they have to in order to contribute to the war on terror. Check it out.

my lunch at Apple HQ

One of the perks of being a professor–I get to know lots of students who wind up at all the cool places in Silicon Valley and sometimes they invite me over for lunch. It's always fun to see the MIS alums in action and hear about the stuff they're working on (to the extent they're allowed to share.) And the food at these places beats the the pants off the restaurants I go to on my own, so it's an extra treat.

Here's me and recent MIS grad Parth Dhebar at the famous 1 Infinite Loop sign at Apple HQ. Parth was a great student to have in the program and landed his dream job, starting full time at Apple just a couple of weeks ago. He loves what he's working on–dealing with the App Store–and he gave me a nice tour around, including seeing the Emmy Award trophies they've won for their ads, etc. Parth treated me to an awesome lunch of Indian food and smoothies and a visit to the flagship Apple Store with all the latest, coolest stuff like this stunning headphone display case, designed by genius Jonathan Ives:
and this phenomenal mammoth 4k display that cost $2M alone:

I switched from Windows to Mac back in 1992, before Parth was even born, so have been a huge Apple fan basically forever. Meeting, Steve "The Woz" Wozniak a couple of years ago was like one of my lifetime highlights. So visiting the mothership last week was a total treat. Thanks, Parth!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Silicon Valley Legend, Carol Bartz @ SJSU! Sign up now!

MIS students at SJSU get amazing opportunities to interface with top Silicon Valley luminaries. (Back in the midwest, where I'm from, we were lucky to hear from the IT guys at the local tire factory.)

Now's your chance to be in the same room with Carol Bartz, former president and CEO of Yahoo! and Autodesk, the first woman CEO of a major high tech. Forbes has named her one of the Top 100 most powerful women in the world and you get to see her for free and ask her questions, right here on campus, in the Student Union Ballroom on April 18, from 6-7:30pm!

But you have to register at:

Honestly, you don't get a lot of chances like this in your life. (Nor do I). So take advantage of it. Listen to her story and learn from it. She's a great role model for women but men as well. And it wouldn't hurt to mention this in your next job interview - shows you're into Silicon Valley & technology and you have a passion for learning, etc.

See you there!