Throughout the month of April, UMBC at the Universities at Shady Grove invites you to attend our virtual Spring 2021 Computer Science Career Readiness Symposium!
You will engage with representatives from Montgomery College, UMBC, UMBC-Shady Grove, USG, and local Computer Science industry leaders through a series of sessions each Friday from 1 – 2 p.m. This month-long symposium will focus on a variety of topics related to virtual presence, applied learning, skills employers seek, and research in the computer science field.
If you were unable to attend a session or want to revisit the information that was shared, links to all of the presentations can be found in our Spring 2021 Computer Science Career Readiness Symposium Events Overview document.
View information about the upcoming sessions below and use the RSVP button to register for the sessions you would like to attend, as well as further information regarding specific session topics and details as they become available throughout the semester.
Registration is now closed.
If you would like more information about the program, please visit the Computer Science at UMBC-Shady Grove website.
Friday, April 2: Virtual Presence
Optimize and leverage your online presence as you network and prepare for your professional path.
Jennifer Spencer Heilman, UMBC Career Center
Jen Spencer Heilman is an Assistant Director on the Internships and Employment team within the UMBC Career Center. She primarily serves technology students within this role. Jen assists students with conducting an effective job and internship search, resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn reviews, interview preparation, and registering for the intern success practicum course and the pursuit of academic credit for internships.
Friday, April 9: Applied Learning
Discover the benefits of applied learning opportunities and how to use campus resources to find them.
Sara Wells, Universities at Shady Grove
Sara Wells has been working on issues related to career and youth development for over a decade. As the ACES Career Readiness Manager at USG, she oversees career related programming for thousands of students across Montgomery County’s academic pathway. Wells holds an M.Ed. in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Featured Alumni Panelists
Maksim Eren ’20
Maksim Eren graduated Summa Cum Laude with a computer science degree in December 2020 after transferring from Montgomery College, and is currently pursuing a Computer Science graduate degree at UMBC.
Kenneth Massada transferred from Montgomery College to UMBC-Shady Grove in 2013, and is currently a systems and solutions engineer at Google.
Kyle Sutton ’18
Kyle Sutton graduated from UMBC with a B.S. in Computer Science in December 2018 after transferring from Howard Community College, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Vectorworks, Inc.
Friday, April 16: Skill Sets Employers Seek
Explore the skills industry leaders look for in candidates with a computer science background.
Mike Mehalick, Montgomery College
Michael Mehalick is the STEM Outreach and Internship Coordinator for the Montgomery College Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Instructional Unit.
He manages partnership, grant, and internship activities within the MC student community helping students to apply for opportunities and assisting employers in finding qualified candidates among MC students and alumni.
Prior to joining Montgomery College, Michael was the Associate Director of the Cooperative Education Program at the University of Maryland University College (2006-2008). He began work in the information technology field in 1984 in the areas of marketing and consulting.
He earned an M.S. in Computer Systems Management from the UMUC Graduate School of Management and Technology and a B.A i.n English from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Friday, April 23: Are You Career Ready?
Learn how to prepare yourself as you transition from college to the workplace.
Patricia McGlone, Montgomery College
Patricia McGlone is a Student Employment Specialist at Montgomery College, Student Employment Services. She has been with the college for 12 years. Previously she worked as Director of Internships for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Certified Employment Interview Professional.
Deborah Zimmer, Universities at Shady Grove
Deborah Zimmer is the Employer Relations Coordinator in the Career and Internship Services Center at the Universities at Shady Grove. After working as a hiring manager developing talent in publishing, she shifted my focus to students in pursuit of college admissions. This dedication to students evolved into roles in Career Services, assisting undergraduates, graduate students, and law students as they plan and pursue their professional aspirations.
Friday, April 30: Industry Speaker, Samuel Visner from MITRE
Samuel Visner, MITRE
Samuel Sanders Visner is a Technical Fellow at the MITRE Corporation. MITRE technical fellows have reached the most senior level of technical leadership at MITRE. MITRE fellows contribute directly to solving the most difficult challenges of MITRE’s sponsors and partners, making extraordinary contributions to mission outcomes. Sam served previously as the Director of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center (MITRE), sponsored by the National Institute of Science and Technology (appointed October, 2017), focused on the cybersecurity of the nation’s business and critical infrastructures. Sam was appointed in 2020 as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Sam also serves as member of the Cyber Council of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and the Cyber Committee of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Sam is an adjunct professor of Science and Technology in International Affairs at Georgetown University, where he teaches a course on cybersecurity policy, operations, and technology. Sam is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council and is a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences, serving the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Sam served previously as a member of the Army Science Board. Sam also served previously as Senior Vice President at ICF (General Manager, Cybersecurity and Resilience), Vice President at CSC (General Manager, CSC Global Cybersecurity), Senior Vice President at SAIC, and as Chief of Signals Intelligence Programs at the National Security Agency, from which he received the Agency’s highest award for civilian service in recognition of work done to transform the Agency’s signals intelligence infrastructure following 9/11. Sam also served as a member of the Board of Directors, CVG/Avtec (2008-2010). Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Telecommunications from Washington University. Sam served twice on the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force of the Defense Science Board, and has published articles on national and cybersecurity in World Politics Review, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and the Defense Intelligence Journal. Sam is cleared TS/SCI.
Michael Mehalick, Montgomery College
Michael Mehalick is the STEM Outreach and Internship Coordinator for the Montgomery College Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Instructional Unit. He manages partnership, grant, and internship activities within the MC student community helping students to apply for opportunities and assisting employers in finding qualified candidates among MC students and alumni.