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UNH Manchester’s Computing Technology Program to Participate in EPA Funded Environmental Initiative

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The Northern New England Campus Compact is working with college campuses in the New England area to explore environmental projects. The two-year program is funded by the United States Environment Protection Agency which is providing $150,000 in grants for training faculty and obtaining the necessary resources needed to initiate projects under the Northern New Campus Compact program.

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester was among eighteen recipients, five of which are New Hampshire colleges. UNH Manchester will participate through an expansive project devised by faculty which entails working with the Manchester Water Department. Students will explore environmental sustainability and the management of natural resources via Manchester’s water quality management system.

UNH Manchester Computing Technology faculty Mihaela Sabin and Michael Jonas were among four faculty members across multiple departments in authoring the grant. UNH Manchester’s undergraduate Computer Information System program will be one of several which will take part in the project. CIS students will be working on the development of software systems in the form of mobile apps and data management systems which will work to collect and process large amounts of data. The project will be integrated with CIS course content, and will serve as a course project for students to explore the real world application of skills learned in the classroom.

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Single Mom Achieves an MS in Information Technology

Story available online: http://manchester.unh.edu/about/news/2013/single-mom-achieves-ms-information-technology

Written by Melanie Plenda, Freelance Journalist

First MS IT Graduate!

Mike Jonas (left) and Sunitha Raghurajan (right) celebrating Sunitha’s graduation.

Manchester, NH—Two kids, a full-time job and day-to-day living– Sunitha Raghurajan’s plate was full. But she wanted more. So, when she had a chance to get her Masters of Science in Information Technology from the University of New Hampshire, she took a deep breath, said so long to sleep and took a leap of faith toward her new adventure.

And now, as she prepares to walk across the stage as the first graduate from UNH Manchester with an MS in Information Technology, her plate, in the best way, is fuller than ever. Not only was she able to develop a license plate recognition system as part of her thesis, but she already landed a job as a Senior Software Engineer at Single Digits in Manchester. And all of this before graduation.

“I actually had recruiters contacting me,” she says.

Raghurajan, a resident of Concord, NH, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in India. She eventually moved to the US where she raised two boys and worked full-time as a Senior Development Engineer in Information Technology for the State of New Hampshire.

“I was getting the feeling I was kind of getting stuck,” says Raghurajan. “And I wanted to improve my knowledge of technology.”

She started looking for programs at UNH and was excited to find out that UNH Manchester not only had night classes–which would allow her to continue working and taking care of her kids– but also the IT program she was looking for.

A relatively new program at UNH Manchester, the Master of Science in Information Technology program is designed for people like Raghurajan who are already in the computing field but want to change careers or move up. The program uses a model that combines in-class and online educational activities with an emphasis on collaboration and communication among peers.

The goal is to prepare students for a professional IT or computing-related career as well as advanced studies in a computing discipline.

Once in, she got to it– working full time and taking care of her kids during the day, going to school at night and finding time for homework and projects wherever she could.

“It can be difficult to juggle all those things,” says Michael Jonas, Assistant Professor of Computing Technology Program and Engineering Technology Program at UNH Manchester. “She’s managed to work through it and always get things done.”

Yet, she always kept going. Among the things that helped, she says was the willingness on the part of her professors and advisors to get to know her. She says they were often the ones reaching out to her to find out how she was doing.

“I felt welcome anywhere here,” she says.

This was especially helpful as she got closer to her thesis. For that project, Raghurajan took two existing, open source products, OpenCV and Tessearct, and developed a license plate recognition system for NH plates, Professor Jonas explains. The idea behind project was to develop a program that would help a person locate a lost vehicle.

“Her contribution was to figure out how those systems worked, configure them through experimentation, and write Java code to automate the process,” Jonas says. “It’s a perfect Information Technology solution. She didn’t develop OpenCV or Tesseract, but instead she integrated these complex systems to create a workable solution, which is fantastic. …I loved the project and the work she did on it. She got terrific results.”

The challenge, she says, was putting all her hard work into words.

“I don’t have skills in writing, seriously, no kidding,” she says with a big laugh. “I can write a million lines of code, but when it comes to anything else, I can’t.”

But that’s where Professor Jonas came in. The two spent hours turning literally a bulleted list into a proper Master’s Thesis paper.

“It’s been a slow and difficult process for her to understand the complexities of formulating ones thoughts in a written document,” Jonas says. “But we persisted and she did get there.”

With nothing left but some paperwork and publication, Raghurajan is slated to walk in UNH Manchester’s graduation on May 16th and then, she’s off to her next adventure.

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UNH URC/GRC Computing Technology Day 2013

After much preparation the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference Computing Technology Day was held on Friday, April 26. The event, which started at 8:00 a.m., was host to the Engineering Technology (ET) program’s Senior Project presentations as well as the Computing Technology (CT) program’s Student Research poster presentations. CT poster presentations began at noon, featuring presentations by undergraduate students in the BS CIS program and graduate students in the MS IT majors.

Students from Michael Jonas’ Capstone Project (CIS790) class, Mihaela Sabin’s Mobile Computing First and For Most (CIS415) and Internship Experience – Applied Research Project (CIS690) classes, and Peter MacDonald’s Database Application Development (CIS720) and Database Systems and Technologies (CIS820) classes presented their final projects. Michael Jonas and Jacqueline Tims also sponsored a poster for the Quoridor game project which has been used as a learning tool in the Introduction to Programming with Greenfoot course (CIS425) for the past two semesters.

To see the posters and read the abstracts, visit the following links:

  1. Capstone Project – Speech Modeling: Training & Decoding
  2. Capstone Project – Capturing Experiments With Speech
  3. Capstone Project – The Right Tool for the Job
  4. Capstone Project – ‘Oh,Uh’ Data Capture
  5. Capstone Project – On The Spot: System Support
  6. Refactored Relational Database to Support Cable Services Operations
  7. Found You! A Compass to Your Friends
  8. The Jungle: An Educational App for Kids
  9. ReminderBinder: Social Integration of Note Taking and To-Do Lists
  10. Mathapalooza: Tutoring App for K-8 Students
  11. Geography 101: Discover the World
  12. Virtualization of Production Environments for Classroom Instruction and Academic Research
  13. YWCA Donation Management and Reporting System Prototype
  14. Online Presence for RS Fireworks through Interactive Web Design
  15. Cloud Services Policy Management System
  16. Learning Java with Green: Quoridor Battle Royal
  17. The Pantry – Managing Applicant, Donor, and Food Inventory Data at Food Bank
  18. Exercise Tracker – An Exercise in Database Design and Implementation
  19. Why worry about your IT Problem Management ? Use We Fix It!
  20. Triple Play Survey Center
  21. Logistics and Supply Chain for Manufacturing and Distributing Agricultural Products

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