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

6AM  - 2PM
2PM  - 10PM
10PM - 6AM

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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SJSU's MIS Dept morphs into "School of IS and Technology" (SISTech)

You (hopefully) remember the old Shakespeare line that starts "A rose by any other name..." 

Well, the 2nd floor of the BT didn't smell particularly sweet before or now, but the same concept applies. We're still the same old MIS Department everyone has always known (and loved?) but we do have a new name - "School of Information Systems and Technology" or SISTech for short. (Seemed like the best acronym, given the obvious problems with the more obvious one.)

All MIS students, past, present and future, PLEASE NOTE: 

Don't panic! This will not affect you or your degree program in any way whatsoever. Your concentration remains MIS. Nothing about the program name has changed. Only the name of the office and the group of people who provide the MIS concentration program has changed.

Other departments/schools in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business provide multiple concentrations. Obviously their dept/school names don't (can't) match those of all the concentrations they house. Never did. 

It's just for us, our department name always matched the name of the single concentration we housed...until now. The new name will allow us to branch out and broaden our offerings in the future to add new programs, eg certificates, or possibly new concentrations, etc related to information systems and technology.

So, all good for now. Back to be changing signage, letterhead, etc.

Remember, the dept name (only) is "SISTech" now, not...the other acronym. ;)

Monday, August 29, 2016

Great MIS internships on campus. Now! (job fair tomorrow!)

Yes, of course. SJSU has a ton of MIS professionals of it's own. There's a ton of technology needed not just for teaching but all kinds of administrative function from course registration to reporting vacation time for employees. And there has to be people to build, configure, maintain and manage all that. Here, that department is called Information Technology Services (ITS) there's a lot of people there.

Well one of them is also an instructor in the MIS program (Ms. Nehoran) and she's created a new internship program called Altamont by which she'll be hiring a bunch of internship positions to be filled by students. And given the nature of the work, who better than MIS students to fill them?

This would be great experience and an awesome line-item on your resume, plus insanely convenient, being right here on campus.

She will be talking to perspective candidates at the Job Fair for On-Campus Jobs tomorrow. That's right, tomorrow, the 30th, 10:30-1:30pm, on the North 7th Street Plaza in front of the new Student Union West Wing. If you can't make it there, then look up the jobs below in the SpartaJobs system run by the SJSU Career Center and apply that way. If all else fails, email her your cover letter, resume, transcript, etc to using the following format (get this right or it's a red flag):

Use subject "Altamont Application - <job name>"

where job name is one of those below like "Data Quality Intern".

See the list and mini-descriptions below and get moving ASAP. And don't make the mistake of thinking you have to be a senior with lots of MIS classes already. This is an internship. They don't expect people to know everything yet! Apply anyway and let them decide if you're qualified. Don't turn yourself down by not even applying.

Good luck!


#440831 Data Quality Intern 

Data Quality interns will be tasked with creating and maintaining tools that ensure and improve the quality of the data at SJSU.Students will be performing tasks related to data mining, analysis and reporting and will solve complex challenges to optimize the utilization of data.


#440925 QA Intern, Peoplesoft Project

QA interns will implement PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF) capabilities to automate various tasks within the PeopleSoft Enterprise application. Automating functional testing allows you to execute more tests with greater accuracy during a shorter time window. Students will work with data management, analysis and visualization presenting data concepts in a clear and concise manner. 


Data Science Intern, Web Search Project

The Data Science intern will be tasked with improving the user experience on SJSU Search.
Students will perform tasks related to data mining, analysis,  reporting,  and will solve complex challenges related to user experience and SEO.


#441654 Project Management Intern, Altamont Center

The Altamont Academic Development Center is home of a multitude of technical projects delivered by interns in the areas of software development, QA, data science and business intelligence reporting. 
The Project Management intern will be responsible for managing the portfolio of projects in the Altamont Academic Development Center. They create and maintain schedules, facilitate meetings, deliver meeting minutes, monitor progress and risk, and produce status reports. The PM intern will monitor Enterprise Service activities, keep schedule up to date and report progress against plans.


#441640 Project Management Intern, Enterprise Systems Team

Project Management intern will be responsible for managing the portfolio of projects in the Enterprise Service Team. They create and maintain schedules, facilitate meetings, deliver meeting minutes, monitor progress and risk, and produce status reports. PM interns will monitor Enterprise Service activities, keep schedule up to date and report progress against plans.

#441658 BI Intern, SDW Project

Business Intelligence interns will design and develop reporting solutions, Deliver custom reports and dashboards. 


#441660 Technical Writer Intern, PeopleSoft Projects

The Technical Writer intern will create the technical documentation for engineering, service and business groups. The student will be responsible for developing technical specification documents, manuals, quick guides, white papers, and other technical communication pieces such as policies, procedures, and standards.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Immediate cool part-time (very) job in the MIS dept w/Salesforce

I'm looking for 1-2 MIS students who are interested in joining the elite S-Team of lab assistants who support the Salesforce-based labs we run in 188 and 119b. These are paid position(s) that only require around 20-30 hours total for the entire semester, showing up to class sessions in the labs to help students who get stuck. It's great experience, learning a bunch of Salesforce Developer skills and then practicing helping users.

But you have to email me your resume ASAP (subject = "S-Team App") and meet me for an interview tomorrow, Monday, the 29th, Tuesday, the 30th or Thursday, the 1st. I'll be hiring the first good candidate(s) who is/are eager to do a good job and are:
  • smart, and
  • super-reliable
and have:
  • great customer service/communication skills, and
  • solid trouble-shooting skills on Macs and Windows machines, and
who and are available a handful of days during the semester at some of all of these times:
  • MW - 1:30-2:45
  • M - 6:00-8:45
  • TR - 10:30-11:45
  • T - 3:00-5:45
Don't wait!