Alums in the News: Suess, Dzirasa, Ritter, Hyman

Here at UMBC, we take pride in what our alumni accomplish after graduation, whether it’s on-campus or off. Take a look at some engineering and IT alums who have made the news recently!

suess4Jack Suess ’81, information systems, and M.S. ’95, operations analysis, UMBC’s chief information officer, praised Baltimore-based mobile replacement startup Fixt, which has just received $1.4 million from angel investors. Fixt provides an online platform for large-scale institutions to troubleshoot mobile device problems, and the process usually takes less than an hour, start to finish. Suess says that adopting the Fixt system has saved the university money and time that would otherwise have been spent on mobile-related issues.

Delali DzirasaDelali Dzirasa ’04, computer engineering, talked with CSO Online about his career path, and offered students advice on how to network within the cybersecurity and IT fields. Dzirasa, a 2011 Alumni Award honoree, started his company, Fearless Solutions, in 2009. “Stay hungry,” he says to young infosec professionals. “There is no shortage of opportunities. Keep learning. Security is one of those interesting things. There are a million ways to get in, and you can’t defend all of them.”

ritterSarah Ritter ’06, information systems, and M.S. ’11, information systems, is now in graduate school for mobile development at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. WILMA Magazine recently interviewed her for an article on women in Wilmington’s burgeoning tech sector, and she had this to say about teamwork: “I might not be the best driver, but I am an excellent parallel parker. You don’t have to be good at everything…You should learn how to do as much as possible to work well on a team, but you don’t have to be the best at everything to be a great asset on a technical team.”

mojoeJoseph Hyman ’11, mechanical engineering, first came up with the idea for a self-brewing coffee mug during a long night in the AOK Library. Today, his MoJoe Brewing Co. has garnered over $85,000 in Kickstarter pledges. Tired college students – or anyone who wants a hot cup of coffee or tea on demand – just fill the mug with water, add their preferred beverage base, adjust the strength settings, and have a warm cup of study support within minutes. “It’s exciting that after years of building a product, people actually want it. And that there’s a demand for it…It makes the sleepless nights worth it,” Hyman says.

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Alums in the News: Booker-Wilkens, Suess, Adams, and Nevins

Here at UMBC, we take pride in what our alums accomplish after graduation. Take a moment to see which Retrievers have been on the move and making news!

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Melody Booker-Wilkens ’86, political science, was recently named Economic Development director for Sussex County, Delaware. In this role, she will work with private partners to help current employers and seek to bring new job creators to Southern Delaware. Chosen from more than 20 applicants, Wilkens has more than 25 years of experience working in the private and public sector. Read more about her new role.

 

 

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UMBC’s Chief Information officer, Jack Suess ’81, mathematics, ’95 M.S., operations analysis, recently participated in panel at the Educause 2014 conference. He and other CIOs weighed the pros and cons of social media in a professional work environment and, particularly, its role within an information technology department. See what Suess and the other panelists had to say.

 

 

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Jerome Adams (M4) ’97, biochemistry and molecular biology, was recently appointed as Commissioner for the Indiana State Department of Health. Adams has been working in the medical field for several years now with experience teaching and is involved in various professional organizations as well as having done research under Nobel Prize winner Dr. Tom Cech. “His public service and academic achievements make Dr. Jerome Adams the ideal candidate to serve in this role,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence of the appointment. Read more.

 

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Every two years the Vermont Historical Society awards the Cate Fellowship to support research for Vermont history. This year the award was given to Susan Nevins ’86, modern languages and linguistics, and ’91 M.A., instructional development systems. This award will help support her research on the Lyndes family, a black Revolutionary War veteran who made a life in Central Vermont. Full article.

 

 

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