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.
February's featured IEM alumnus is Mike Wells, Software Architect with DST Health Solutions. Mike has been with DST for two years and has the privilege of working out of his home. In addition to his day job, Mike has a healthy software consulting business, Dream Storm Creative.
Mike graduated from the IEM program with the class of 2006. Prior to attending UAB, Mike attended the University of Alabama (UAT) where he received a BS in Computer Science.
Mike lives with his wife Kelly and their two dogs on the 280 Coridor. Kelly, being a budding entrepreunuer, started her own social services consulting business. Lately Mike is devoting time to helping Kelly get her business off the ground. Mike knows how to have a good time and oftentimes can be found hanging with his friends at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Mike has many hobbies including golfing, hunting, running, and traveling. He often sneaks away, back to his home town of Andalusia, to visit his family's hunting camp. When he is in town, he often runs in 5k races and has helped many a friend get into running.
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January’s featured IEM alumnus is Rusty Hyde, vice president and chief engineer for Hyde Engineering. Hyde Engineering is an engineering and consulting company based here in Birmingham, Alabama. They specialize in designing electrical and mechanical systems for construction projects. While Hyde Engineering may be small in size, their list of clients is not, working with local giants such as UAB.
Rusty graduated from UAB with a BS in Electrical Engineering back in the eighties. Since then he has received his PE designation and graduated from the IEM program. This past semester he co-taught EE 606 Technical Project Management. Rusty is a life-long leaner and inventor; he actually hold a US patent for an Aircraft-Based Topographical Data Collection and Processing System.
Rusty served for a number of years in the United States Air Force (USAF) as a rated navigator and electronic warfare officer. Rusty holds a number of designations from the USAF and taught for them in a number of capacities. Rusty is extremely interesting speaker, as anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing his command and control lecture knows. After leaving the USAF Rusty spent a number of years founding and then selling several small businesses.
Rusty lives with his wife Liz in Mountain Brook. They have two daughters, the eldest attends Auburn University. One of Rusty’s greatest challenges these days is finding ways around Auburn’s no WIFI policy in their dorms. Rusty has many hobbies, including finding new ways to be green and snow skiing across the US.
December's featured IEM alumnus is David Johnson, consulting engineer and owner of Electron Sciences. Electron Sciences provides electrical engineering and project management services to government and industry clients desiring expertise in systems level design, hardware and software development , system integration, and validation. David founded Electron Sciences back in June of 2003 and has several clients including Southern Research Institute, Gas Technology Institute, Archetype, Cameron Measurement Systems, and Loui Consulting Group.
David is no stranger to education; he holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. David also completed IEM in 2006 and since then has invested in additional Project Management training through the local chapter of PMP. David holds the designation of Professional Engineer and has a US government security clearance. As you can see, David has positioned himself very well for his work as an independent consultant.
When asked about his goals for attending IEM, David said, "Enhance my engineering credentials and meeting talented and motivated people. In addition, I learned the basics of starting a new company. For me the most valuable aspect of the program is the one that continues on after you graduate: it's the relationships."
Few people know, but David entered into the program a bachelor and left a happily married man. His new bride introduced him to the exciting world of scuba diving. In addition to spending time underwater, David is an avid musician. He plays the trumpet, some piano, and classical guitar, with his favorite style being jazz. Another one of David’s hobbies is rebuilding old computers which he plugs into his own home computing grid. He’s got sixteen on the grid so far and counting.