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Elefterios Lazaridis (QVC, West Chester, PA)

During the summer of 2016, I was given the opportunity to become the Enterprise Portfolio Management (EPM) Intern at QVC’s headquarters. It was an eleven-week internship and I had to make sure that I met the expectations of both the EPM organization and QVC’s internship program competition. During the internship, I demonstrated competencies in leadership, building relationships, communication, and producing quality results on schedule that met stakeholders’ requirements. My primary goal was to build a website for QVC’s Enterprise Portfolio Planning & Prioritization Process. This process provides QVC’s employees with a way to submit their project idea to QVC’s leadership and ask for their approval to start their project. They could say “yes”, “no”, or “maybe later”. Through Share Point, I created a workflow to make it easy for anyone at QVC to submit a request to start a project.

I used traditional project management process (PMP) and systems development lifecycle (SDLC) methodology to deliver an interim solution (to be used by all of QVC) that met stakeholder requirements by the August 12, 2016 deadline. In addition, I recommended a solution for the future, which is based on analysis of two tools (Coupa vs. Appian) that QVC purchased some time ago. During the life of the interim solution project, I seamlessly played multiple project roles: Project Manager, Business Analyst, Technical Lead, Developer & Tester, Documenter, and Trainer. I educated myself in utilization of the tools used to build the solution via: (1) SharePoint Site administration training; (2) myQVC intranet configuration tool training; (3) self-education of SharePoint Designer tool & SharePoint 2007; and (4) capitalizing on prior html, CSS, Javascript, and Visio knowledge.

Edith Castro (Blue Golf, Wayne, PA)

During the summer of 2015, I was a member of the Blue Golf Software Development team. At Blue Golf, I acted in the capacity of software developer, business analyst, and software tester. Along with my vast work experiences, I brought formal knowledge in software development and database management to BlueGolf. I was able to leverage existing strengths and gain experience, particularly in software development. I obtained practical skills in both structured and object oriented programing languages.

In my testing role, which involved finding bugs in java programs, I also proposed recommendations for enhancing the functionality of those programs, as well as the design of the application interface. As time progressed, I became a reliable member of the software development team and the opportunities to become more hands-on in developing in Java increased. One of the areas in which I excelled is business process analysis. I gathered requirements from the staff and developed solutions to meet those requirements. Working at BlueGolf as an intern has been an enriching experience. Some of the lessons I have learned include: navigating various areas in a software development company, brainstorming and implementing solutions to programing issues with colleagues.

Marguerite Callahan, Lockheed Martin

Thursday March 30, 2017 (11:00 – 12:00)

The Software Development Process

Biography: With over 25 years in the IT industry, Marguerite has been at Lockheed Martin for 18 years and has been involved in many development efforts with increasing responsibility. Her current role as Lean-Agile Coach helps Lockheed Martin tackle the large software development projects in the age of technical accelerations, where everything is changing so you must allow for flexibility in the software development process but still meet all requirements.

Dr. Jie Wu, Associate Vice Provost, Chair and Laura H. Carnell Professor, IEEE Fellow, Temple University

Thursday February 23, 2017 (11:00 – 12:00)

Algorithmic Crowdsourcing and Applications in Big Data

Abstract: This talk gives a survey of crowdsourcing applications, with a focus on algorithmic solutions. The recent search for Malaysia flight 370 is used first as a motivational example. Fundamental issues in crowdsourcing, in particular, incentive mechanisms for paid crowdsourcing, and algorithms and theory for crowdsourced problem-solving, are then reviewed. Several applications of algorithmic crowdsourcing applications are discussed in detail, with a focus on big data. The talk also discusses several on-going projects on crowdsourcing at Temple University.

Dr. Wei Chang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, SJU

Thursday November 3, 2016 (11:00 – 12:00)

The Sybil Attack and Its Prevention Techniques

Abstract: We are entering a distributed computing era, where various decisions are individually made at each entity based on the pervasive data from the other entities scattered all over the world. However, most distributed systems are vulnerable to Sybil attacks: by creating a large number of fake identities, an adversary can introduce a considerable amount of false opinions into a distributed system and subvert it. As a result, some entities may make unfair, or even false, decisions. For instance, in some distributed systems, critical resources are assigned based on voting results. If an adversary holds a considerable number of fake identities, he can easily change the overall decision, and unfairly gain more resources. It has been more than a decade since the first appearance of the Sybil attack. In this presentation, Dr. Chang will systematically show the evolution of the Sybil attack and its defense techniques.

Glenn Brunette, Oracle Corporation

Thursday October 20, 2016 (11:00 – 12:00)

The Internet of Things: The Gift of Fire Or a Modern Pandora’s Box?

Abstract: Technology has been woven into nearly every facet of our daily lives. With each passing year, the boundary between the physical world and cyberspace has continued to fade as everyday items have been infused with logic, power, and connectivity. Dubbed the “Internet of Things”, these devices have heralded a new age of innovation and capability, greatly expanding the “art of the possible”. Unfortunately, the capabilities enabled by these technologies are not always positive, expected, or welcome. In this presentation, the benefits and risks of the “Internet of Things” will be discussed. Specific examples will highlight technological challenges, as well as risks to security and privacy. Lastly, recommendations will be offered that illustrate ways in which we can learn from past mistakes.

Sonia Parikh, Starship Health Technologies, LLC, Plymouth Meeting, PA

Starship Health Technologies, LLC, is a research and development based company. Starship works on combining the universe of scientific technological and engineering methods to find solutions for overcoming the key challenges to improve accountability, coordination, communication, and mobility in health care. Starship works in the following areas: social/behavioral science research, supportive technology development, advanced learning technologies, and human-centered design and development.

During the summer of 2016, I worked in the field of mobile application development. I was responsible for creating iOS and android applications from scratch for the Diabetes Networking Tool (DNT). I used react native framework by Facebook for development of mobile applications. During my work, I utilized react concepts like JSX (JavaScript Syntax Extension), components, state and props. I coordinated with the medical research remote team at Johns Hopkins University. I got the chance to work on requirement analysis, planning, technical analysis, design, code, debug, and test mobile applications. I collaborated with a graphic designer on creating an innovative wireframe design solution.

Elham Jaffar (Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia)

I preformed my internship in the Saudi Aramco company in Saudi Arabia. My internship allowed me to work as an application developer full time for eight weeks in the Geospatial Information Technology Unit. During the eight weeks, I developed two different types of applications for use in an integrated system. First, I developed a GPS Navigation Map Online Request which is a web application that allows Aramco employees to request GPS Navigation Map Products online and get what they need as fast as possible. Second, I developed a GPS Navigation Map Tracking System, a Windows-based application, for the Data Management Group in GSD to execute customer requests in order and avoid customer complaints regarding waiting. In addition to these applications, I built one database for two systems to retrieve and track information requests from the web application by using the Windows application.

2016 UPE Induction Ceremony

2016 (President: Mary Krueger)

Elham Jaffar (graduate)
Sarah Alqahtani (graduate)
Brendan Szefinski (undergraduate)
Shelley Donaldson (undergraduate)
Sean Monahan (undergraduate)
Karl Morris (undergraduate)
Sonia Parikh (graduate)
Diego Sosa (graduate)
Shengqi Gong (graduate)

Dulling or Sharpening the Horn: Global Security, Justice and the UN in the Horn of Africa

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Center room 300. Panel includes Prof. Brian Yates, Ethiopia, The Leauge of Nations, Justice and Security in the Early 20th Century, Prof. Jennifer Riggan, Arcadia University, Long Memories and Shifting Targes: The Role of UN Sanctions in the Mida War Over Representations of Eritrea, Prof. Michael Woldemariam, Boston University, African solutions to African problems: the UN and the African Union in conflict management/ resolution in the Horn and Prof. Lee Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania, From Trusteeship to UNSOM 2015: 65 Years of UN Missions in Somalia.