Red Ventures sponsors
senior showcase

BIT students to showcase work on Nov. 29

Charlotte, N.C., marketing firm Red Ventures will sponsor this fall’s BIT Senior Showcase Day on Tuesday, Nov. 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Pamplin Hall atrium.

Professor Alan Abrahams chats with participants
Business information technology assistant professor Alan Abrahams chats with students (left to right) Tyler Feddersen, Laura Puterbaugh, and Alex Iliev, while student Chris Lee works on his team’s display at the spring 2011 BIT Senior Showcase Day.

Business analysis work showcased

At the event, business information technology majors present to their “clients” and the public website and software development work that they did in the Business Analysis Seminar in IT class, a senior capstone course taught by assistant professor Alan Abrahams.

Red Ventures has Hokie ties

“Three teams, each comprising two students, will create an online applicant management and screening tool to allow Red Ventures to test the analytical ability of candidates applying for careers at the company,” says Abrahams. Red Ventures, named the Best Place to Work in Charlotte, 2010, by the Charlotte Business Journal, “already boasts a number of Hokies among its management and staff,” he says.

Real-world problem solving

The team and individual projects allow students to apply software discussed in the course, says Abrahams, who is teaching it for the fifth year. The course provides a comprehensive study of decision support systems as managerial tools, particularly in an e-commerce environment. “It emphasizes problem solving through integrating various quantitative techniques and practical application of e-business technology.”

The showcase last spring featured 40 individual and nine team projects for GE and Floyd, Va. businesses Rolling Fork Farms and Wild Hill Burial Boxes, which picked their top three teams.

Top team for GE project displays their plaques
Members of the top team on the project for GE (to design a sales site for its MicroGen home generators) hold their plaques: Chelsea Lawrence (center), William Hayashi, Damir Uzunic, and Trey Hayden (front). Looking on are business information technology assistant professor Alan Abrahams (in green shirt) and GE representatives and Pamplin alumni David A. George (BIT ’10, MKTG ’10) (far left) and Vishnu Thygarajan (ACIS ’08, BIT ’08). “The quality of work that is showcased by these BIT seniors has continued to impress us throughout the semester,” noted Thyagarajan, IT program manager of capital markets and corporate insurance at GE.

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