Public invited to Cameron University’s Computing and Technology Expo

The Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology will host a Computing and Technology Expo from April 7-10 with a series of presentations and student competitions.  All presentations are open to the public at no charge. 

Lisa Hendrix, PMP, will present “A Day in the Life of a Project Manager” on Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. Hendrix is the Enterprise Project Portfolio Manager for Information Technology at the University of Oklahoma. She oversees the planning, development, and implementation of projects, programs, project management tools and techniques for the delivery of all Information Technology projects. In addition, she leads the development and management of enterprise-wide portfolio status and health reports, risk management, project management training programs and the sharing of project management best practices.  Noteworthy initiatives that have been implemented under her leadership include a Project Portfolio Management tool, Resource Allocation tracking, and Project Governance. Hendrix has more than 16 years of diverse project management experience in the Information Technology industry.

On Friday, April 10, Robert Hamilton, CISSP, will focus his presentation on “Cyber Warfare” starting at 10 a.m. in the Shepler Ballroom. Hamilton is an Information Security Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. He holds a graduate degree from the University of Tulsa's Center for Information Security and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Hamilton currently works with Information Assurance and Digital Forensics training initiatives involving the Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), which includes academic institutions in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri and Tennessee. His current focus is in the area of Control Systems Security used in the nation's critical infrastructure in which he is currently holds the Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA) and Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) certifications.

Cameron students will demonstrate their knowledge during several computer and technology related competitions throughout the week. On Thursday, April 9, “Cameron University Future Tech Star” will feature students pitching an original application or tech/multimedia product to a faculty panel. Pitches can utilize a product that has actually been developed, a prototype, evidence of proof of concept, or simply the idea itself. Students can participate individually or in groups with up to four members. Each individual/team will be allotted 5-7 minutes for the pitch. Pitches will begin at 3 p.m. in the Buddy Green Room of the McMahon Centennial Complex. .

Additional competitions are designed to test students’ skills and knowledge on a variety of technology-related subjects. The Ethical Inquiry competition provides an opportunity for up to eight students to engage in a significant discussion about ethical dilemmas in the fields of information technology, computer science and multimedia.

The Database competition contains two parts. Students will first design a database given certain business requirements; then, they will demonstrate their ability to use Structured Query Language to provide business answers to various questions

For the Poster competition, students will create an original 13” by 19” digital poster finished in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator. Students will choose their own theme.  All artifacts must be created after March 6 and submitted April 1. 

In the Microsoft Office Solutions competition, teams will use Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access to create an end-to-end data management and presentation solution. Successful teams will demonstrate creative thinking to solve business problems and an in-depth knowledge of the MS Office suite.

For the Web Rescue competition, entrants will be provided a digital graphic of a design and a very plain HTML5 page. The goal is for students to use cascading style sheets to make the plain page match the design they are given.

The Computer Programming contest will test problem-solving and programming skills. Students will be given the opportunity to work as members of a team and experience the challenges of solving several problems in a team environment under time constraints.

Individual students will utilize their knowledge and problem-solving skills related to PC hardware, software and network issues in the PC Troubleshooting competition. The competition will have a qualifying round followed by hands-on PC troubleshooting.

The Hacking contest will test participants’ knowledge of White, Grey, and Black Box Penetration Testing and the ability to document the findings in a format similar to a Security Assessment Report, while working through problems that could be experienced if the proper care is not taken to protect the assets of a corporation.

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Friday at 4 p.m. in Room 107 of Howell Hall.

Computing and Technology Week is made possible by the Ajesh Bhargava Endowed Lectureship in Computing Sciences.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology at 580-581-2335.

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March 24, 2015

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