Addressing real-life problems through academic projects: A case for emergency medical services
October 4, 2012
Panelists: Natalie Bennett (Credit Suisse), Luz Jaramillo (Ernst & Young, LLP), Nandita Narla (Ernst & Young, LLP)
Abstract: Panelists will present their experiences as graduate students working for a real Disaster Management Initiative client in the emergency medical services field. Panelist will discuss the benefits of selecting a real-life problem as a capstone project, the challenges the team faced during the semester-long project, and the gratification of contributing to areas with a direct impact on the community, such as emergency medical services.
Patricia is an assistant professor of the practice at CMUSV, where she teaches graduate studies in software engineering and software management. In recent years, Patricia’s research has focused on mobile technology support for older adults and emergency/disaster responders. Employing Agile adaptations of contextual design, this applied research focuses heavily on understanding customer and end-user needs through observations and interviews with representatives of those stakeholders. Prior to joining CMUSV, Patricia managed and conducted research at Agilent Laboratories and HP Laboratories in diverse application areas (from speech recognition to bioinformatics) and served as a company-wide HP consultant on software reuse.
Luz holds a Masters degree in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University. She currently works as an IT Advisor at Ernst & Young LLP, where she performs technology and business risk advisory services for financial institutions.. More information at http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/ljaramil/
Natalie holds a master’s degree in information technology - software management from the Information Networking Institute (Carnegie Mellon University). She has a bachelor’s degree in computing with management studies with a major in enterprise computing from the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH). She has experience in software development and is currently an IT Analyst in the area of application development at Credit Suisse. Prior to this she worked for several years in the Jamaican financial sector where she gained experience in the areas of investment trading and portfolio management. She’s a committee member of Credit Suisse’s IT Women’s Council.
Nandita graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s degree in information security and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (India). Her work experience includes software development, information security implementation, privacy assessment, vendor risk management, information assurance and project management. She is currently a Technology Advisor at Ernst & Young LLP where she provides IT advisory services to financial services clients.