July 2010 - Alumni Spotlight - Meridith Vinson

This alumni spotlight was originally shown in the July 2010 IEM Newsletter.

July’s featured IEM alumna is Meridith Vinson, Senior Project Manager with Merge Healthcare. Meridith’s responsibilities include; supervising and developing new radiology and cardiology implementation projects, client upgrades, and 3rd party integrations. Prior to joining Merge Healthcare in 2005, Meridith was a Project Manager at Medmined, Inc.

Meridith received a BS in Business Administration - Management Information Systems from Auburn University. Meridith entered the IEM program in the fall of 2008 and graduated in 2010. While in the IEM program, she helped co-found the IEM Alumni Organization.

Meridith decided to enter the IEM program because she was looking for her next challenge in life. Originally she thought that an MBA program would be the way to go, but she just couldn't get excited about it. After attending one of the IEM informational sessions, her interest was piqued and she immediately enrolled.

Like many of her classmates, Meridith really enjoyed the introspective nature of the IEM program. She really took the time to question what she wanted out of life and her career. With exposure to entrepreneurship she has realized that there is more to life than "living in cubicle nation" and that one day starting a business might be in her future. In her own words, "My undergrad degree prepared me for the corporate world. The IEM Masters program prepared me for a career path that I can mold according to what I want and love."

Finally Meridith shares the following advice for anyone considering the IEM program today: "My advice to anyone considering the program is to go to one of the informational sessions or talk to anyone who has been through the program.  There were times when I wondered what I had gotten myself into and I hated missing out on social events because I had to study.  But in the end I am so glad I stuck with it and finished.  Just as in life, you get out what you put into the program.  I made some really great friends, plumped up my resume, got involved in community networking groups that I never would have otherwise, and my eyes were opened to all sorts of new opportunities in the job market.  The IEM program met and exceeded my expectations."

June 2010 - Alumni Spotlight - Jill Moller

This alumni spotlight was originally shown in the June 2010 IEM Newsletter.       

June’s featured IEM alumna is Jill Moller, Senior Application Developer with Altec Industries. Jill’s responsibilities include: working with internal customers to identify business problems and developing strategic technical solutions, requirements gathering, system design, and development for enterprise systems. Prior to joining Altec Industries in April of 2007, Jill was a Technical Consultant at CGI.

Jill received a BS in Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude) from The University of Alabama back in 2005. Jill entered the IEM program in the fall of 2008 and graduated in 2010. While in the IEM program, she served as Project Manager for the 2009 IEM Summer Seminar and co-founded the IEM Alumni Organization.

Jill and her husband, Erik, have been married for three years. They keep busy with their 2 dogs, Molly and Sadie. Jill has lived in many locations including: Annapolis, MD, Valparaiso, IN, Indianapolis, IN, Memphis, TN, Tuscaloosa, AL, and now Birmingham, AL.

Jill's hobbies include home improvement, reading, and running. Jill recently completed her second half marathon.

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May 2010 - Alumni Spotlight - Todd Collier

This alumni spotlight was originally published in the May 2008 IEM Newsletter, and was republished in the May 2010 spotlight. 

March's featured IEM alumnus is Todd Collier, senior system analyst with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his role as a senior system analyst he is responsible for a number of medical record applications that put UAB's hospital system into the digital age. One thing that you might not realize about Todd's role is that most of his development work is done in COBOL. With the trend today away from mainframes, Todd has staked a claim to an untapped niche for recent graduates.

Todd completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Auburn University back in May of 2001. During his tenure at Auburn he maintained an impressively high GPA which gained him entry into the prestigious Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Computer Science Honor society. Todd entered the IEM program with the class of 2007 and again graduated at the top of his class.

Todd stays busy by helping out with various local user groups and community events. This year he is serving as the logistics chair for the upcoming TechMixer University event. Yes, if you want to get to know him better he is actively searching for committee members. In addition Todd is a founding member of a Lawson User group for the states of Alabama and Georgia.

In his free time, Todd enjoys spending time with his family; including his wife Rebecca, son Ashton, and their newly adopted dog, Camilla. Todd is a huge Auburn fan and loves to go to the games. When he isn’t being a spectator Todd is busy coaching football, basketball, and baseball for his son's teams.

April 2010 - Alumni Spotlight - Waymon Short

This alumni spotlight was originally shown in the April 2010 IEM Newsletter.

April’s featured IEM alumnus is Waymon Short, Automotive Diagnostic Test System Engineer with Mercedes-Benz Technology NA, LLC. Waymon’s responsibilities include; developing, coordinating, and integrating new hardware and software, evaluating and defining electrical testing needs. Prior to joining Mercedes in January of 2008, Waymon was an Electrical and Computer Engineer with Comcast Cable.

Waymon received a BS in Electrical Engineering from UAB back in 2006. Waymon entered the IEM program in the fall of 2007 and graduated in 2009.

According to Waymon, “I entered the Information Engineering and Management program because the program offered both a business and a technical blend. I believed that the IEM program would be a natural fit for me because I wanted to be able to enhance my technical knowledge and gain the ability to properly portray my professional experience to others.”

"The biggest surprise of the IEM program was the curriculum," he continued. "The blend of technical and business courses provided diversity and flexibility in a demanding, high–level graduate program. I thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of team building and individual exercises. Additionally, I believe that each client will improve upon weaknesses and develop new skills because the curriculum is specifically designed for clients of various backgrounds. The curriculum is not centered on one single theory or methodology. Instead, it's focused on molding clients and equipping them with fundamental skills that are needed in order to become cross-functional future leaders," Waymon said.

Today Waymon is benefiting directly from what he learned from the IEM program. According to Waymon, "The IEM program has made me who I am today. I constantly rely on the experiences and the information that I obtained during my studies. I've gained the confidence and ability to quickly adapt to the rapid changes that often occur in an engineering environment. I've also gained the ability to effectively communicate and work with my colleagues towards a common goal. The program has given me the ability to break through the 'glass ceiling' and reach heights that were unreachable."