Information Systems Integration – Messina

Cindy Lian

Welcome to my page! My name is Cindy Lian and I am currently a junior studying management information system at Temple University. I was in a business fraternity called Alpha Kappa Psi and served as the secretary. I graduated from Northwest High school in 2014, and will be graduating from Temple University in the spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Although I am in business school, I have a wide range of hobbies. I enjoy drawing, painting, reading, writing, running, working out, listening to music, playing guitar, and photography. I also like to experiment with technology and apply my creativity in everything I do. additionally, I do a variety of programming in my spare time. I program primarily in C based languages such as C, C++, C# and Objective C. I use mostly unity as my game development platform and I make both 2D and 3D games. My biggest dream is to bring full immersion virtual reality to life. I have already taken concrete steps towards that goal and am planning on launching my first company sometime in 2016. I I am currently a game and app developer for the Oculus Rift and Microsoft Hololens. I am also in the process of working with Duke University to bring virtual reality technology into classrooms for educational purposes.

From Agriculture to Art — the A.I. Wave Sweeps In


AI has many uses, such as predicting an outcome to identifying patterns. Most of the AI uses right now are predictions, such as what ads to show you, and product recommendations. However, as the AI technology matures, virtually any field can benefit from AI. For example, Deep Genomes is a company that is aimed to transform the economics of drug recovery. Currently, it takes years and billions of dollars to introduce a new product because of clinical trials on humans. With AI technology, it can potentially reduce the cost and time tremendously by predicting how the drug will react in humans. Aside from clinical trials, AI is also being used in agriculture. The AI assistant called Nuru is an app that can be used by farmers to identify disease or pest blight. Simply wave the phone over a plant leaf, and the AI can show the diagnoses as well as generating low tech treatments.


printing organs with 3D printers

With the evolution of technology, 3D printer has become a popular item for people in many professions. Artists use these printers to create art, engineers use them to print parts of objects, and now scientists are using them to print organs. One of the biggest flaw of the human body is our regenerative ability. Biologically, we can only regenerate a very few things, such as bones, hair, skin, and nails. But now with 3d printing technology, we are one step closer on creating functional artificial organs. 3D printers can use many different types of material to create objects for multiple purposes. Scientists are creating prototypes of organs by experimenting with materials in order to mimic the texture and feelings of real human organs. If successful, and I’m sure they will be, this technology would be a huge leap for humanity. We can give blind people visions, replace hearing aids with artificial cochlea, hearts for heart transplant patients who would wait years for a transplant. It would be a medical miracle.


Do you think that 3d printing can be used to create artificial organs? What are some of the potential downsides or issues you can think off? What else can we use 3D printers for?

Virtual Reality in Business

VR headset


As virtual reality and augmented reality become more popular, one question arise: How can they be applied in business? Turns out, just about every field of business can benefit from VR. In the virtual world, our physical senses are limited, but our creativity is not. Currently, VR is being used mostly by the gaming industry, but there are many fields where VR can be beneficial. For example, VR can be used as a marketing tool to help customers interact with the product or service. It is also gaining popularity in training field, ranging from military target training to surgery practices. By using virtual targets, VR allows donors and surgeons to practice their skills and test new tools and procedures safely. This not only decreases risks and medical complexities, it also saves a lot of money in the long run.

The biggest advantage of VR training is that there is no real life repercussions. Surgeons can reset the virtual patient and allows them to practice as many times as they need.