Networking the Edge

Barry Douglass, Ph.D., describes himself as “engineering through and through,” and says he is pleased to focus his career on systems engineering because it is a “growing field of knowledge increasingly critical to the success of our ever more complex technological society.”

This Thursday June 28, Douglass, program chair of the systems engineering specialization under the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), outlines the trends that may have the greatest impact on the information technology field in the months ahead—the tools and trends that ultimately will change how we work.Continue Reading

UMUC Students Use Big Data to Tell a Personal Story in Winning IBM Watson Analytics Global Competition in Shanghai

Mwalimu Phiri, part of a three-member team from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), stood before a panel of judges in Shanghai, China, discussing the impact of air pollution in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation focused on how traditional cooking and heating fuels compromise the health of 3 billion people every year, disproportionately children under age 5.

The “Effects of Household Air Pollution” project may have focused on big data, but it was a photo of a young child building a wood fire in Zambia that captured the audience’s attention at the May 29 presentation.

It was a photo of Phiri.Continue Reading

Watch It Now: Dr. Peter Smith to Facebook Live Viewers—By Ignoring Hidden Talents “We Are Wasting America’s Treasure”

There is a lot of unrecognized talent walking around America, Dr. Peter Smith,  told viewers during his June 14 live interview on Facebook. “From a policy perspective, that’s a huge national problem that is hurting our country,” added University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Orkand Endowed Chair and professor of innovative practices in higher education.

See Smith’s interview, moderated by UMUC Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Alan Drimmer, on UMUC’s Facebook page.Continue Reading

Watch “Over There,” the Documentary about UMUC’s Traveling Faculty

Program Aired in April on Maryland Public Television 

University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) rich history of globetrotting professors came to life recently in a documentary that follows the university’s seven-decade mission of educating military personnel stationed overseas.

Entitled “Over There: The Adventures of Maryland’s Traveling Faculty,” the documentary follows the path of Maryland’s “Academic Foreign Legion” who adopted “Have Syllabus Will Travel” as their motto and hopped from military base to military base, sometimes in war zones, to offer college classes to the troops. View the program in its entirety from the Maryland Public Television video archive page here.Continue Reading

RSAC Security Scholar Program Gives UMUC Students a Leg Up in Their Cybersecurity Careers

For Greg Hawkins, an early interest in computers inspired a career in cryptologic systems. One of his first jobs in the U.S. Air Force was working in cryptology on a satellite communications project. Now retired after more than 22 years of active duty, Hawkins, who graduated from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in December 2017 with a master’s in information technology, was eager to attend the 2018 RSA Conference (RSAC) at San Francisco in April to network and consider what certifications he should get to advance his career.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Thursday Thoughts on Facebook Live: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change

 

Join University of Maryland University College (UMUC) on May 31 for the second in a series of ongoing “Thursday Thoughts” interviews via Facebook Live. This week’s discussion is on climate change with Robert Ouellette, Ph.D., program chair and professor of Environmental Management in The Graduate School.

Dr. Ouellette has extensive knowledge in the areas of science, technology and business and will share his thoughts on the politics and economics of climate change. Watch the live interview at 1 p.m. ET on UMUC’s Facebook page.Continue Reading

Servicemembers Honored at UMUC’s Information-Packed, Fun-Filled Military Appreciation Fair

For Devlon Alexander, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) “Military Appreciation Fair and Fun Run,” sponsored by General Dynamics Mission Systems and held at the university’s Academic Center at Largo in early May, signified an intimate rehearsal for his impending graduation from UMUC over Mother’s Day weekend.Continue Reading

Watch the Interview: Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

On May 18, Yvette Branson, clinical psychologist and coordinator of the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, discussed the challenges facing veterans making the transition from military to civilian and student life—and the strategies and resources that can help them gain a strong foothold in the world beyond the military—as part of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) special Facebook Live interview series in observance of Military Appreciation Month. Watch the replay of Branson’s interview here.Continue Reading