Talk I.T. Adam Paul Franklin Sivilich

Talk I.T. February Adam Paul Franklin Sivilich

When a business with an established so ware base has to switch their systems to a new product, who do they turn to to make sure their new so ware works with their old data? Adam Paul Franklin Sivilich is a So ware Conversion Specialist with RevSpring, Inc., a leading provider of multi-channel billing and communications solutions to the healthcare and nancial services industries. As an integral part of making that so ware transition happen for corpo- rate clients—and making it seamless and foolproof for the end user—Adam leverages what he learned at Penn into making so ware conversion as easy as possible for his com- pany’s stakeholders. Join Talk I.T. and Rodin College House for a discussion about today’s IT marketplace and opportunities in the technological sector. Food will be served.

When: February 21 6:00 PM
Where : Rodin College House, Room M30

2016 Outstanding ITA Winner

2016 Outstanding ITA Winner

The Office of College Houses and Academic Services and the College House Computing Office have selected their 2016 Outstanding ITA winner for the year.

First place was given to Gabrielle Blood of Harnwell College House for not only outstanding computing support to her fellow residents, but Gabrielle's positive and upbeat spirit and relentless pursuit of a resolution to any and all computing problems.

Runners-up include Annie Sun of Riepe College House and Cole Purdy of Ware College House.

Congratulations to all!

Gabrielle Blood
Gabrielle Blood,
Harnwell College House
Annie Sun
Annie Sun,
Harrison College House
Cole Purdy
Cole Purdy,
Ware College House

McGill Symposium



Topic of Will's Talk:  

Robotics in the Utility Industry

William McGill: (EAS in MEAM, MSE 2011, MSE in MSE 2012), Engineer PECO Energy. 

Will received a BSE degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 and a MSE degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012. He started working as a product design engineer in the area of commercial seating and water-based fire suppression systems. In 2013, he began working as an engineer at PECO Energy on the Transmission and Substation Equipment Health System. As of fall 2014, he is an equipment engineer in his role as the subject matter expert for aerial distribution equipment. While at Penn, Will was co-president of the MSE Society, involved on the boards of ASME and TEC, worked in the GRASP Lab, and was an active member of KCECH.


Topic of Steve's Talk:

Deploying Humanoid Robots in the Real World

Steve McGill: (PhD Candidate at Penn, and completed my undergraduate in Engineering in 2010 at UPenn)

Stephen McGill is a PhD student, studying humanoid robots and their interactions with humans. He has worked with Penn’s RoboCup teams since 2010, as well as Penn’s Team THOR entry in the DARPA Robotics Competition. Steve has a strong interest;in the networking and control of high dimensional systems that incorporate human feedback. How can autonomous systems like robots utilize human input for world modeling and motion planning.


Topic of Nick's Talk:

High Speed Product Design: Getting Wired Up

Nick McGill: (Graduated undergrad (MEAM & EE) in 2014, now working as an Electromechanical Engineer at Bresslergroup)

I'm an engineer who enjoys the complexity of electromechanical systems, like wearables, wireless devices, and robotics. I'm challenged every day at work with these complex problems, which require our team to stretch the limits of our knowledge and learn more and more about the world around us. Outside of work, I'm a mentor for my high school's first robotics team and roast my own coffee.

Worshipping the Sun: How to Become a Knowledge Expert

John-Ross Cromer: (MEAM '06); Owner, Community.Solar

John Ross "JR" Cromer has made a career out of heralding the new solar economy. Taking lessons learned from Penn’s Engineering Entrepreneurship I + II courses, John-Ross has created a national solar training program and launched the commercial solar industry in numerous “fly-over” states. Come learn a brief history of USA energy policy, an introduction to solar design, and how to convert coursework at Penn into a career in specialty consulting.

Simulating Complex Human Systems

Miguel Garces: (C '09), Senior Modeler, Lustick Consulting, Inc.

Miguel Garces is a Senior Modeler at Lustick Consulting, beginning his work in agent-based modeling and complexity theory at Penn's Department of Political Science. His primary responsibilities at Lustick Consulting include the development, maintenance, analysis, visualization, and deployment of virtualized country models as part of a number of government-funded programs. He straddles the social science and computer science worlds by connecting his knowledge of programming and system design to political science and other social science theory. Garces has authored a number of papers detailing research and modeling of Thailand as well as Lustick Consulting’s approach toward implementing social science theory in agent-based models.

Eating Healthy at a Technology Company: Experiments at Google.

Ernest Baskin: (CW '08), Assistant Professor of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph's University

Ernest Baskin is an assistant professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph's University. He is an expert in consumer behavior and marketing research. His research focuses on consumer judgment and decision making with a particular interest in environmental effects on judgment and choice. Within this domain, he strives to work on ideas that have both practical and theoretical implications. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Marketing Research and has been extensively covered in the popular press in outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, Lifehacker, and The Atlantic.

He has worked extensively with a variety of firms on major marketing and behavioral initiatives, including Google, Pepsico, Activision, TIAA-CREF. Ernest has extensive professional experience in advising on marketing efforts, market research and mergers throughout his career as a market researcher. He holds a PhD, MPhil and MA in Marketing from the Yale School of Management as well as a BS in Economics and a BA from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania respectively. 

Utilizing UAS for Utility Inspections

William McGill-  Engineer, PECO; EAS in MEAM, MSE 2011; MSE in MSE 2012

Will received a BSE degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 and a MSE degree in Materials Science and Engineering in 2012.  He started working as a product design engineer in the area of commercial seating and water-based fire suppression systems.  In 2013, he began working as an engineer at PECO Energy on the Transmission and Substation Equipment Health System.  As of fall 2014, he is an equipment engineer in his role as the subject matter expert for aerial distribution equipment.  While at Penn, Will was co-president of the MSE Society, involved on the boards of ASME and TEC, worked in the GRASP Lab, and was an active member of KCECH.

Create Your Own Career Path

Guillermo Salas, III - Esq. Broker Owner, RE/MAX Platinum Center City & The Main Line;  Penn Law 2000

Danielle Py-Salas- Esq. Broker Owner, RE/MAX Platinum Center City & The Main Line

Guillermo, along with his wife and business partner Danielle, run one of the top producing teams in the Philadelphia region and recently opened their own brokerage, RE/MAX Platinum with locations in Center City Philadelphia & the Main Line. In 2014, The Salas Team sold more than $41 Million in sales volume.

Prior to joining RE/MAX, Guillermo spent over 11 years as a transactional attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and a large privately held global company (serving as General Counsel). Guillermo is also a highly experienced real estate investor and manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of properties. As a seasoned real estate broker, attorney and investor, Guillermo is uniquely positioned to meet his clients’ real estate needs by being able to draw on a wide array of highly-developed skills, including unsurpassed customer service, negotiation, sales, management and training experience.

Guillermo is a native Philadelphian. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and volunteers for such activities as, the American Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and he has participated as an Alumni Mentor at Saint Joseph’s Preparatory High School. Guillermo is also volunteers his time as a member of the St. Peter the Apostle School Advisory Board.

Guillermo earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics: Finance and Commerce from Georgetown University, graduating Cum Laude; and his Juris Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as a Member of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

Woman Behind the Camera

Why are there so few women working as camera operators?  According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, in the top 250 films of 2014, women accounted for only 5% of cinematographers.

Alumni Mikaelyn Austin never paid much attention to those statistics while attending Penn, and she certainly didn’t let it deter her from pursuing a career behind the camera after graduating in 2004.  In fact, the former captain of the Penn Quaker Women’s Basketball team dove into her profession of choice head first, successfully producing a feature-length documentary on the historic Palestra that aired on ESPN when she was just 23 years old.  Fast-forward ten years, and this modern day Rosie the Riveter hasn’t slowed down a beat, always equipped with a camera in hand!  As Founder, Executive Producer & Director of Photography for Philly Philms – a boutique multi-media production company – Mikaelyn’s work has been featured on every major TV network in Philadelphia.  She has lead her company in developing and producing video content for national clients like American Express, the ALS Association, and Norwegian Cruise Line, and she recently became the first female in Citizens Bank Park history to operate a live dugout camera for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Join Mikaelyn on Wednesday, October 14th to learn more about her journey down the road less traveled and to hear her Top 5 pieces of advice to building a successful career in a non-traditional profession!

Differences in Growing Up - Utilizing School Technology

Becky Baumher:  School of Engineering, 2016 Computer Science

Michale Goldberger: School of Engineering, 2016 Electrical Engineering & Wharton School, 2016 Management

Becky and Mimi spend summer 2014 interning at an all girls school in Gashora, Rwanda, and returned in summer 2015 to lead a project through Penn Engineering at the same school. This project focused on both technology and solar energy.

Becky Baumher is a senior in the engineering school studying computer science. While many may think that engineering is busy, Becky still manages to be on the varsity crew team. Hailing from Doylestown, PA, Becky always knows how to make a group smile. This characteristic has made her beloved in all places she has visited. She loves to travel, and in addition to her summer in Rwanda, she spent a semester abroad in Switzerland. 

Michale (Mimi) Goldberger is a senior studying electrical engineering and management. Originally from Chicago, she is very involved in Hillel on campus and loves playing soccer with her friends. Michale loves people and is known for getting excited about everything.

My Summer at Microsoft

Cristina Buenahora- Junior (2017) in Computer Science and Systems Engineering;  ITA Manager of Ware College House. 

Cristina Buenahora is a rising junior majoring in Computer Science and Systems Engineering. On campus, she TAs CIS 110, manages the freshman ITAs in Ware, and participates in a couple other clubs like AOE, the engineering sorority, and ESAB, the ESE Advisory Board. She also worked at Microsoft this summer (No, she cannot help you download Windows 10. Don't ask. Although she did have a great time at the Windows 10 launch party with Macklemore) where she discovered her love for Excel, Microsoft swag, and the pacific northwest. 

How Large Organizations Think About Technology

Jane Margolin (C’13) is a consultant at Censeo Consulting Group.  Jane has worked on a variety of projects ranging from conducting efficiency reviews for universities to developing staffing models for federal agencies. Jane has worked for a wide variety of federal and higher-education clients, helping them to improve their IT strategy and operations.

Yadavan Mahendraraj (W’14) is a business analyst at Censeo Consulting Group.  In his time at Censeo, Yadavan has worked for a variety of clients including several federal agencies on projects that provided CIO advisory services, supported enterprise licensing negotiations, and aided in various other strategic efforts.

College House Computing Annual Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

ITA teams from Kings Court English / Sansom Place West & Harnwell took the WIN in the annual ITA Penn Museum Scavenger Hunt.

Strong performances were made by all but it was no match for the coordination, skill and speed displayed by the ITA teams from Kings Court English Sansom Place West and Harnwell. The College House Computing judges hereby award "Best at the Hunt" bragging rights for 2016/17 to the ITA competitors from Kings Court English Sansom Place West and Harnwell.

Big Thanks go out to all our ITAs in the 12 College Houses for their excellent work throughout this year's move-in.


Information Technology Advisor (ITA) Positions

Information Technology Advisor (ITA) Positions

Class of 2021: 

Congratulations on receiving your Freshman room information! Now that you know what College House you will be living in during your first awesome year at Penn, it could be time to think about a job for the Acacemic Year. 

Are you looking for a position that will be rewarding and challenging? Would you like to work in the College House where you live?  

If so, an Information Technology Advisor (ITA) position is for you. We are looking for bright, responsible, enthusiastic people to assist College House residents with setting up and troubleshooting/fixing their computers and mobile devices.  

Don’t let the fear of not being “tech savvy” dissuade from applying!  We train all our staff on the various aspects of the job. As long as you have a strong desire to learn and are customer oriented, the ITA position is for you.  

Please visit this link to apply to be an ITA

Note: that you will not be able to apply for one our ITA positions until after you have received your Pennkey login from your school.


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