Joseph Nespoli, TECDP, Cigna

Joe NespoliJoe will be joining Cigna in their Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP). The TECDP is a three and a half year rotational program designed to enable associates to gain a broad IT understanding, build experience, and develop leadership skills. The purpose of the program is to develop high potential, high performing professionals with health services expertise, strong technical knowledge, and solid analytic skills into future leaders within Cigna’s IT organization. Joe hopes to have a Project Manager position in his first rotation. Other rotations include Enterprise Architecture, Business Analyst, Systems Analyst and Security Analyst. Joe completed two internships with Ernst and Young and one co-op with Johnson and Johnson prior to accepting his position with Cigna. Joe is also VP of Talent Development in the Association of Information Systems and runs the Friday workshops. Congratulations to Joe and continued success.

Michele Moses, Technology Analyst, Merck

Michele MosesMichele received her MBA with a concentration in Information Technology Management (ITM) in May 2013. She is currently employed as a Business/Technology Analyst in Merck’s IT Emerging Talent Rotational (ETR) Program. ETR enables recent graduates to develop technical, business, and leadership capabilities while rotating through different areas of the company for a two-year period, before settling into a permanent position. For her first rotation, Michele is working in Global Real Estate Services. This team manages Merck’s worldwide portfolio of offices, laboratories, manufacturing facilities, etc., and implements solutions to optimize the real estate footprint and increase workspace efficiency.

Michele initially enrolled in the Fox full-time MBA program because she was seeking a career change and new challenges in a growing business. Prior to earning her MBA, Michele worked as a Production Coordinator in the TV/ film industry but became increasingly interested in a career in technology and business. She decided to pursue a future in IT and found that the Fox MBA program provided the foundation she needed to enhance her skillset and become a valuable asset in the business world.

“After receiving an education from Fox – specifically in the MIS department – I felt fully prepared to begin a career in IT. I have found that the topics covered in the ITM coursework not only apply directly to my day-to-day job, but also help me understand and contribute to the fundamental business objectives that drive the company. In addition, Fox MIS gave me the opportunity to learn from and network with industry professionals, which ultimately led to my position at Merck.”

Congratulations to Michele and continued success

Joshua Wise, IT Rotational Analyst, Walmart

Josh WiseJosh will be joining Walmart as a full-time IT Rotational Analyst upon completing his FoxMIS degree on May 2014. During the 18 month program he will work through four tracks: Application & Development, Infrastructure, Customer Planning & Analysis, and Business Analytics in the IS Division. Having completed an internship with Walmart last summer, he is excited to return to work with the retail industry giant and leverage the knowledge he gained from the FoxMIS program at Temple University. Josh also leads the Association for Information Systems (AIS) as the Chapter President. AIS is one of the largest student professional organizations on campus and earlier this year they were named Temple AIS Chapter of the Year, the highest honor any student chapter can receive.

“We have continued our legacy of offering our members the best in professional development and networking opportunities. Each one of my twenty officers has been working like crazy to make sure we pull all of this off seamlessly. It is a pretty awesome group of students. We have the most intelligent and creative students in the Fox School.” Josh Wise

Congratulations to Josh and continued success.

Joseph Cenatiempo, Data Analyst, Mesa Veterans Power, LLC

Joe CenatiempoAs a Data Analyst at Mesa Veterans Power, LLC, Joe was responsible for supporting a nationwide effort to upgrade over 42,000 cellular network sites across the country by collecting and analyzing data about the sites currently in operation.  This was necessary in order to make informed decisions about which sites to keep and which to shut down.

Joe implemented a database system that replaced the inefficient spreadsheet system the company was using to complete this project, which as a result greatly increased the speed at which the company could analyze sites. He was individually responsible for converting every single spreadsheet-based data entry in the company to a database entry. In this case, errors in the data would directly result in company profit and reputation loss. He completed the transfer without a single reported error in the data by using an automated script that he programmed from scratch.

Joe also participated in a direct data analysis role during the latter part of his internship, when the company needed extra manpower to complete a project.  He used PHP, MySQL, CSS, Javascript, ASP.NET, and Microsoft Server technologies during the course of the internship which ran from May 2013 – August 2013.

One side note about Joe, he plays Offensive Line for the Temple Owls and wears #60. In 2013 he was on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and in 2012 he was BIG EAST All-Academic Team honoree. Congratulations to Joe and continued success.

Anthony Bonanni, IT Intern, Campbell Soup Company

Anthony BonanniAnthony Bonanni is an MIS major and is currently working for Campbell Soup Company as an IT Intern responsible for supporting R&D. He has been involved in various projects that put his business skills and technology skills to work. His biggest project is to manage and facilitate the process of upgrading R&D laboratory PC’s to operate on Windows 7, some of which previously operated with OS’s as old as Windows 98.

Another one of his projects is to improve the management of notes taken by R&D employees who use paper notebooks by implementing electronic lab notebooks integrated with SharePoint and OneNote. He also supports R&D’s internal SharePoint sites and creates collaboration team sites for various teams in R&D. Lastly, he is participating in a project to create visualizations, using CSS, to showcase various social media posts about the company at an upcoming sales meeting. Congratulations to Anthony and continued success. Link to his e-portfolio:

Jeffrey McMahon, Data Assurance Intern, PwC

Jeffrey McMahon is a MIS major and ITIE minor and is currently working at PwC as a Data Assurance intern. He provides clients with analysis and data visualization that allows high level management and executives to make critical business decisions related to forecasting, trending, and process improvements.

Jeff is also working on a healthcare project that supports healthcare providers transition from an old medical coding system (ICD-9) to new alpha-numeric coding system (ICD-10). ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases, and is the code that represents either a medical diagnosis or a procedure. These codes are stored for medical data analysis and also reported to insurance companies to determine the amount that hospitals are reimbursed. ICD-10 codes provide a more detailed record of diagnoses and procedures and allow for more granular analysis to determine trends that can help with the development of effective treatments. Analysis performed also helps the providers accurately allocate expenses for training of their doctors, nurses, and departments as a whole. The ICD-9 to ICD-10 data conversion has both financial and procedural benefits and implications for the healthcare providers.

Congratulations to Jeffery and continued success.

Jacqueline Hakun, Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte LLC

Jacqueline HakunJacqueline a MIS major, accepted Deloitte’s offer as a Federal Business Technology Analyst (BTA) where she will be assigned a service line. Being a part of the BTA program, Jacqueline will work with federal clients to develop innovative solutions to improve business operations and quality.  Congratulations to Jacqueline and continued success.

Sameer Anand, Consultant, IBM

Sameer AnandSameer graduated from Temple’s Fox Business School in May 2012 with a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems. Prior to graduation, he was offered a full-time position as a Consultant in IBM’s Consulting by Degrees program. More specifically, Sameer was placed in the SAP line of business within IBM’s Enterprise Architecture Public Sector branch. During his undergraduate career, Sameer worked as a SAP Student Associate at the Campbell Soup Company, now he is able to apply the SAP skills he learned to his future career at IBM.

Shortly after graduation, Sameer relocated to Arlington, Virginia to begin working on his first project. He is currently working on a Department of Defense SAP implementation as a Project Management Assistant and Finance Functional team member. Some of his day to day tasks include creating functional specifications, converting legacy data, and maintaining project financials.

“The professors in the M.I.S. department prepared me well for my future career as a technology consultant. Within many classes, professors made it a point to indicate common implementation complications and possible solutions. Although many of the problems I may face in the future may be different, I am confident that I have the skills to attack the issues with the lessons learned in the classroom.”

Catherine Rojas, Business Advisory Associate, Grant Thornton

Catherine RojasCatherine Rojas, MIS major who was extremely involved with the student professional organization known as the Association for Information Systems (AIS) accepted a position after graduation with Grant Thornton.  She will be working as a Business Advisory Services (BAS) Associate.  The advisory branch of Grant Thornton works to assess and improve company processes for maximum efficiency. Catherine expects to be exposed to clients from varying industries as well as different function improvements ranging from information technology services to risk and internal auditing. Congratulation to Catherine and continued success.

Michael Pagan, Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Michael Pagan (856x1280)Michael Pagan, MIS major accepted a positon after graduation and will be working as a Business Technology Analyst for Deloitte’s federal consulting branch. Upon starting at Deloitte  he will be assigned to one of six service lines: SAP, Oracle, Emerging Solutions, Information Management, Systems Integration or Technology Strategy & Architecture. His roles will vary depending on what service line or federal client he is assigned to. Congrat’s to Michael and continued success.

Stan Soroka, IT Project Manager, Cigna

Stan SorokaStan graduated from Temple’s Fox School of Business in May 2009 with a BBA in Management Information Systems. Shortly after graduation, he began his career at Cigna with the Technology Early Career Development Program (TECDP). TECDP is a three and a half year rotational program designed to enable associates to gain a broad IT understanding, build experience, and develop leadership skills. The purpose of the program is to develop high potential, high performing professionals with health services expertise, strong technical knowledge, and solid analytic skills into future leaders within Cigna’s IT organization. Throughout each of his rotations, he has held the role of Business Management Analyst, Production Support Project Manager, and Enterprise Project Manager within multiple healthcare business segments.

Following his completion of the TECDP Program, he posted into the role of Enterprise Project Manager within the Healthcare Reform Program (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). His responsibilities include solution delivery, financial management, and operational readiness for multiple projects and compliance initiatives within the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) and Admin Adherence & Simplification workstreams. He works in close partnership with application development, quality assurance, portfolio governance, and senior leadership teams supporting various business segments to deliver enterprise-wide solutions in compliance with federal and state regulations introduced by the Healthcare Reform law.

“I believe the MIS program prepared me exceptionally well for the wide array of responsibilities and challenges that I have experienced throughout my early career. The course curriculum, whether business process analysis, project management, database design, or application development, allowed me to gain an understanding of each delivery function and role, prior to even stepping foot in the Cigna office. The MIS program not only taught me deep technical knowledge in support of SDLC methodologies, but more importantly, how each and every function relates to core business goals & principles, and ultimately, how it impacts the customer.”

Joseph Musumeci, Business Analyst, Lockheed Martin

Joseph MusumeciJoseph Musumeci, an MIS major, is working for Lockheed Martin and has been there for a little over one year.  In that year he had the chance to move around the company in different business analysis roles. He is currently working on two projects; one is building a tool to identify insignificant budget/schedule errors to minimize program reporting and the other is developing a plan to delay the upgrade of 130 servers until the time of their replacement.

This upcoming summer Joseph will be switching roles and will be working as an Business Analyst in their Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. He will be supporting Corporate Strategy and Business Development.

“Lockheed Martin has been really great to me; they’ve given me the opportunity to move around the company, and have given me work that has really honed in on what I enjoy doing. I’m always proud to say I work I there.”

Joseph’s new roles will be broken down into three parts and they are as follows:

1) Process mapping for merging teams, 2) Analyze consulting services to increase efficiency in the department. He will be given the chance to proposal new tools, processes, etc for a department, if approved they will implement the changes. 3) Support Corporate Strategy and Business Development with contracting external professionals to help with penetration into new countries.

Congratulations to Joseph and continued success!

David Dupell, IS Analyst, DOW

David DupellDavid Dupell, MIS major accepted a position for this upcoming summer and will be working as an Information Systems Analyst. David will be dealing with the Information Systems that create Dow’s financial reports. Congratulations to David and continued success! For more information about David check out his e-portfolio:

Ilya Rogov, Associate Consultant at LiquidHub

ilya-pic (400x389)“I graduated Temple Fox School of Business in May 2010 with a BBA in MIS. Initially I worked as a web developer for a medical publishing and then a medical services company in the Philadelphia area. During the summer of 2012 I was offered the great opportunity to work at LiquidHub through the close connections I made via the Fox MIS program. LiquidHub is a global management and technology consultancy focused on fueling business transformation for their clients in the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, insurance and other progressive markets.

My work at LiquidHub involves assisting with a merger between two large independent music distributors, specifically data migration. This process consists of having a solid understand of industry-specific business concepts to create data models that can be easily manipulated and transferred. I utilize tools such as Talend and my understanding of relational databases to develop jobs to move data across systems. It’s fun and challenging work.

The MIS program at Fox has prepared me well for my current role. The database course along with the programming classes have helped me tremendously to grasp the technology fundamentals that lie behind every system I’ve worked with. Furthermore, the business and analytical background I was taught have aided me with planning and communicating my responsibilities effectively. Finally, the close connections I have made at Temple through the Fox School and MIS have proven to be an invaluable resource both personally and professionally.”

Taahir Khan, Engineering and Systems Support Specialist, The Boeing Company

I’m currently working as an Engineering and Systems Support Specialist in the Field Services division of Defense, Space and Security at The Boeing Company.  My team, Service Engineering, provides maintenance support for the V-22 Osprey Tilt-rotor aircraft.  I am responsible for a variety of things that range from Information Technology to Project Management.  One ongoing task is to manage and maintain all the data that flows to and from the group using various Boeing approved systems and provide monthly metrics to my team and upper level managers.  Also, I work as a CAM (Control Account Manager) where I monitor various repairs and/or changes to the aircraft from ‘cradle to grave’.  Also, I’m currently training for my new project where I will be the lead in setting up the LAN (Local Area Network) for various military bases nationally and eventually internationally.

The Fox School of Business and the MIS Program did a spectacular Job in preparing me for my current position at The Boeing Company.  I find myself applying many of the things I’ve learned in and out of the classrooms to my everyday work life.  The Project Management course stands out when I think back over my curriculum.  It taught me two important lessons: (1) how to successfully collaborate with others in a group setting and (2) time management.  These two skills are invaluable in the work place and can help you succeed in all aspects of life. Also, networking was one other important element that I truly solidified while going through the MIS program.  It’s very healthy to create and maintain friendships with your peers and faculty because this skills and those relationships will eventually travel with you throughout your professional careers.  I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn these things from the MIS Program.

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