The Association for Information Systems (AIS) has named Temple AIS Chapter of the Year, the highest honor any student chapter can receive. And it’s not just for the glory, either: with this distinction comes $1,000 in grant money, allocated for 2013 student initiatives.
Temple’s first place win follows three years of having been named runner-up as Outstanding Chapter, and reflects incredible dedication from its student members. A committee of faculty and students oversaw this year’s rigorous selection process, poring over annual reports to find the chapter with the most “exceptional, well-rounded, and organized program,” notes AIS.
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, Chapter President
Founded in 1994, AIS is the world’s premier organization for academics specializing in Information Systems. The Chapter of the Year recipient must “lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide,” says the organization.
As its 2013 title indicates, Temple AIS set benchmarks for other chapters, fostering an environment in which its members could thrive in the field of IS and as a cohesive community. Chapter President Joshua Wise attributes much of his chapter’s success to the group’s unique personality and culture of “entrepreneurial spirit” — comprising a buoyant blend of teamwork, fun, and (friendly) competition. “We like to challenge each other and find new ways of doing things,” notes Wise.
Among the chapter’s banner accomplishments and offerings in 2012-2013:
- Top placement in every category entered at last year’s 2013 AIS Competition, hosted by Walmart in Bentonville, Arizona (Two 1st place finishes; one 2nd and one 3rd place ranking)
- $5,000 in prize money invested in the Patriot Fund
- Over 175 members, and a spike in meeting attendance (tracked via an attendance program coded by AIS officers)
- Professional development and networking events with speakers from Comcast, NBC Universal, Cigna, Ernst and Young, AstraZeneca, and J.P. Morgan
- Workshops every Friday and Saturday featuring technical training intensives
- Well attended social events and community service initiatives, including $800 raised for CHOP and computer repair for non-profits
Current officers of AIS include:
Fox BBA in MIS students produced nine capstone projects in fall 2013. Under the guidance of industry mentors, the students designed and presented their creations for review to the Fox IT Advisory Board, an illustrious committee comprised of entrepreneurs and business leaders.
The roster of projects was particularly impressive this year, said professor and facilitator Munir Mandviwalla — a true testament to the quality of the BBA in MIS curriculum as well as the efficacy of each mentorship. After difficult deliberations, the board chose the project titled Groupstir as winner and recipient of an IBIT sponsored $500 prize.
“Groupstir,” the brainchild of students Brian Schwitters, Jonathan Abraham, Brandon Roberts, and Scott Pawlowski and mentored by Joseph Spagnoletti of Campbell’s Soup, is a direct-to-consumer promotion platform designed specifically for restaurants, which enables businesses to increase volume during off-peak hours and create a social, engaged experience for its customers.
Members of our group have worked in the restaurant industry, and we discussed various ways to increase customer volume during off-peak hours…We really enjoyed getting to work with our mentor Joe Spagnoletti, and it was most rewarding to witness his excitement of our vision.
Groupstir member: Jonathan Abraham.
For the 2013 Spring semester members of the Fox School of Business IT Advisory Board volunteered as ‘mentors’ to student project teams in the MIS 4596 Information Systems Integration class. The mentors’ experience with the student project teams was so successful and enjoyable that there were many volunteers for [this] semester.
Fox IT advisory board Chairman Bruce Fadem
After such a fruitful project collaboration this year, Fox MIS looks forward to what students can cook up in 2014! Below is a recap of the rest of the group projects, followed by a complete list of the mentors.
Stor.me 3D Printing Services
Danielle Heller, Damon Isaac, Jennifer O’Malley, Caitlin Carr; Mentored by Ben Hasan, SVP, Walmart
A 3D Printing Service site that allows consumers to make personalized objects via a user-friendly interface.
TUFTs (Temple University Food Trucks)
Sam Lee, Su Tan, Igor LEONOV; Mentored by Niraj Patel
A time-saving app that displays the menus and availability of every food truck on campus.
P3: Perfect Project Planner
Richard Somerville, Xiao Liu, Kenneth Ho, Sam Berkowitz; Mentored by Harold Hambrose, CEO, Electronic Ink
A flexible application tool that allows professors and students to manage tasks, optimize schedules, and submit documents.
Dan Van Norton, Jeff Garvey, Joe Musumeci; Mentored by Michael Bradshaw, VP and CIO, Lockheed Martin
A smartphone-compatible project management application for architects that consolidates costs and manages their businesses.
Caleb Harris, James Gitto, Eugene Kim, Andrew Nguyen, Christian Markel; Mentored by Craig Conway, Conway Technology Consulting Inc.
A computer program that analyzes body language, hand gestures, voice projection and more to evaluate, and improve the presentation abilities a company’s employees.
Nicholas Nendel, Jason Pan, Timmy Tran, Peter Yum, Joanna Zuo; Mentored by Andrea Anania
A peer-to-peer commerce network that allows students to offer various activities (or “quests”) that are securely reimbursed upon completion.
Maria Collette, Souraya Esreb, Adnette Kamugisha, Yevgeniy Kravets, Magen Sheeran; Mentored by Tim O’Rourke, Temple University
A mobile security application for student and faculty that’s integrated with campus police and Blue Light systems.
Derek Hamner, Zep Shemuale, Brett Bedevian, Eboni Strawder, Iyana Lester; Mentored by Jeff Hamilton, Pfizer
An application that works with Fresh Grocer to find students the best food deals that support healthy eating.
- Bruce Fadem – Chair; Retired CIO and VP of Wyeth
- Andrea Anania – Retired VP and CIO of Cigna
- Tim O’Rourke – VP and CIO, Temple University
- Craig Conway – CTO
- Jeff Hamilton – SVP, Pfizer
- Michael Bradshaw – VP and CIO of Lockheed
- Harold Hambrose – CEO, Electronic Ink
- Ben Hasan – SVP, Walmart
- Niraj Patel – Chief Strategy Officer, Elsag North America
- Joseph Spagnoletti – VP and CIO, Campbell Soup Company
- Mart Doyle – Professor, Temple University
- David Schuff – Professor, Temple University
- Joe Allegra – Senior Program Coordinator
- Munir Mandviwalla
- Bruce Hohne
See all the pictures of the event on Flickr, click here!
Credits: Pictures, Joe Allegra
100% of the students who graduated the Fox School’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Major in Management Information Systems (MIS) in Spring 2013 have been placed in excellent jobs!
$54,092 average salary
79% had a GPA higher than 3.0
34% went to the consulting industry and 26% went to financial services.
Sondra L. Barbour, FOX MIS alum and Executive Vice President, Information Systems & Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin was named to Fortune’s list of Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business worldwide for 2013. Barbour is also the recipient of the 2005 Fox information technology award for distinguished alumni and serves as Executive-in-Residence for the Fox School’s Institute for Business and Information Technology.
Professor Youngjin Yoo was honored as faculty of the game during the Temple Owls homecoming game on October 19, 2013 in front of about 25,000 fans.
Dr. Yoo is Irwin L. Gross Senior Research Fellow and the Director of Center for Design+Innovation. The recipient of more than $3.5 million dollars in research funding, Dr. Yoo has worked with internationally recognized companies including Samsung Electronics, American Greetings, Moen, NASA and Anderson Consulting. His research interests include digital innovation, design, and experiential computing. He was appointed senior editor of MISQ (the number 1 journal in MIS) in May 2013.
Professor Yoo’s most recent research includes a project with Ola Henfridsson titled “The Liminality of Trajectory Shifts in Institutional Entrepreneurship” which was just accepted for publication in Organization Science. The paper is a field study of 8 years of working with Saab in their attempts to integrate Android in their car.
David A. Dupell is the recipient of the 2014 Philadelphia Society for Information Management’s Future Leader Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement and the potential for leadership in the information systems field.
David is a senior majoring in Management Information Systems (and Accounting). He maintains a 3.85 grade point average and has earned numerous scholarships. David placed second in the international AIS student competition in the IT Risk case category. The competition was hosted by Walmart. He has interned at AmerisourceBergen and The Dow Chemical Company.
David volunteers for Temple University’s Income Tax Assistance program. He is also the VP of Finance for TUAIS, the Student Professional Organization for the Department of Management Information Systems.
The award was presented on October 1, 2013 at the Philadelphia SIM quarterly membership meeting. With over 3,000 members and 31 chapters throughout the US and Canada, SIM is the premier society for IT executives focused on networking, leadership, and education.
FOX MIS students (again) swept the 2nd Annual AIS International Competition receiving first, second or third place in the categories they entered. The competition was held as part of the 2013 Walmart IT Summit and AIS Student Chapter Conference, Bentonville, Arkansas, April 18-20, 2013. Read more…