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Nick Hupton ’99: Impacting Today’s Youth as a Teacher, Coach, and Author

Gustavus Campus News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 3:55pm

Nick Hupton ’99 lives in Minneapolis and teaches in Bloomington.

Benjamin Franklin once uttered the following on the subject of mentoring: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Those are words to live by for anyone trying to make an impression on today’s youth. They are words that Gustavus alumnus Nick Hupton ’99 has embraced in every aspect of his life.

Hupton is a high school English teacher at Bloomington Jefferson High School where he also coaches the boys’ tennis team. He is also a published author and is getting ready to release his third young adult novel in early September.

“First and foremost, I am passionate about helping kids. Watching a kid learn and grow, both academically and emotionally, is why I got into education in the first place,” Hupton said.

Hupton first started thinking about pursuing a career in education when he was in high school. His mom is a teacher and his 11th grade American literature teacher had a profound influence on him, which he says fueled his passion for helping and teaching others. After graduating from high school in Des Moines, Hupton came to Gustavus to earn his undergraduate degree.

“I had a wonderful experience in the Gustavus education department. I have always felt that the classes I took and the field experiences I participated in helped me prepare as thoroughly as possible for the world of education,” Hupton said. “Anyone who hopes to pursue education as a career should consider Gustavus as an undergraduate option. The program will not disappoint.”

Along with his academic pursuits, Hupton was a four-year member of the Gustavus men’s tennis team. During Hupton’s four years, the team won four MIAC championships, while Hupton was named an all-conference performer in 1998 and 1999. While the team’s success was something that Hupton enjoyed, the life lessons learned from the experience and from former head coach Steve Wilkinson are things that he carries with him today.

Hupton (middle) is the head boys’ tennis coach at Bloomington Jefferson High School.

“Playing tennis for Gustavus had a profound impact on my life. Coach Wilkinson is legendary for a reason: he teaches young men the values of respect and integrity,” Hupton said. “I learned a lot about tennis and became a much better player, and in time, a better coach, because I participated in the Gustavus tennis program. But most importantly, I became a better person and I try to relay the messages of sportsmanship, integrity, and respect to my players today.”

Wilkinson’s biography is dotted with impressive statistics such as the fact that he retired as the winningest coach in the history of men’s collegiate tennis with 923 victories. He led the College to two NCAA Division III titles as well as 35 MIAC championships. He was also recently inducted into the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Hall of Fame. But perhaps the crowning jewel on Wilkinson’s resume is the fact that he founded the Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus which have taught tennis, life values, and sportsmanship to more than 50,000 students since 1977.

“I use many of Wilk’s philosophies and techniques in my day-to-day coaching and it has become an integral part of the Jefferson tennis program,” Hupton said. “I owe Wilk a great deal. His impact on Minnesota tennis is incalculable. I continue to coach because I love the game, but like teaching, I treasure the evolution I see of the young men in my program. They don’t only grow as tennis players, but as people too. It’s nice to think that I had a small part in that.”

While teaching and coaching in the Bloomington Public Schools, Hupton decided to pursue his master’s degree in 2008. He enrolled at Hamline University in a Liberal Studies program with a concentration in creative writing. During his master’s program he began to write what would eventually become his first published novel, If I Know It’s Coming.

The book tells the story of Tim Hansen, a perceptive, but fairly average 13-year-old boy. Hansen’s mother, an Army reserve nurse is deployed to Iraq and Tim, his father, and sister Jenna, have to deal with the separation of their close-knit family. Tim goes to extremes to fill the void left by his absent mother and he is desperate to create some normalcy again.

Hupton’s third novel, Stone Ridge, will be released on Sept. 5.

“The book is told from Tim’s perspective, so anyone of that age can relate to the voice and the constant middle school adventure,” Hupton said. “But it is also for anyone who has experienced separation, whether it be due to military deployment or for another reason.”

Hupton took a group of seventh graders to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in northern Minnesota for a three-day field trip when he got the inspiration for his next book. While telling ghost stories in the woods, Hupton made up a story about an old hermit who would kidnap Wolf Ridge campers. Ten years later, Hupton turned that story into a much more elaborate and detailed novel titled The Ridge. The story focuses on Zach Sutton, an eighth grader whose brother has been missing for over a year. When Zach travels to northern Minnesota on a school field trip, he begins to piece together the disturbing truth about his brother’s disappearance.

Stone Ridge, which will be released on Sept. 5, is the sequel to The Ridge. It continues Zach’s quest for his brother and his ongoing battle with the antagonist, Victor Leppla. Hupton says that both books are paranormal mysteries, but they also contain serious thematic issues such as separation, family dynamics, and good versus evil.

“Some of the proudest moments in my writing career have come when I see otherwise reluctant readers picking up my books and diving in,” Hupton said. “It’s all about getting young people to read and I hope I have aided in that endeavor at least a little bit.”

In addition to teaching, coaching and writing, Hupton is also a husband and a father. He is married to Tara Anlauf Hupton ’00 and the couple has a son and a daughter. You can read more about Hupton’s books by visiting his website,


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Myser Initiative welcomes Co-chair of Global Peace Initiative of Women

St. Kate's Campus News - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 8:30am
Joan Chittister, OSB, will be the eighth annual Myser Lecturer on Oct. 30. More »

St. Thomas Sells Gainey Center Property

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 9:39pm

St. Thomas has closed on the sale of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna to Meridian Behavioral Health LLC.

The closing occurred Aug. 18, and Meridian will renovate the center for use as a supervised living facility providing counseling and treatment services to people who suffer from addictive diseases or behavioral disorders. Meridian hopes to open the facility in January.

St. Thomas operated the center until the end of June, and 16 employees received separation packages. Meridian has hired three Gainey employees at this point to work at the facility.

The sale included all 180 acres and all of the buildings except the Winton Guest House, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. St. Thomas is exploring options for the house, which can remain on the Gainey property for up to two years.

New Brighton-based Meridian was founded in 1989 and is a leading provider of addiction treatment services in Minnesota, with residential facilities and outpatient programs throughout the state.

The St. Thomas Board of Trustees voted in February to sell Gainey after determining the center could not continue to be operated in a financially sustainable manner and that an expansion plan would not overcome weaknesses in the conference services market. The center struggled financially over the past decade and had growing annual deficits.

Daniel C. Gainey, longtime president and chief executive officer of Jostens Inc., owned the property for more than 40 years, and his foundation left the property to St. Thomas after his death in 1979. The center opened in 1982 and was used by the university, businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies as a venue for retreats and meetings.

This Is Your Time! #TIYT contest

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 9:42pm
Tell us your Saint Mary’s University experience! Tell us about your most memorable or life-changing Saint Mary’s experience. Using Twitter, show us your favorite Saint Mary’s University location in a photograph and tell us why it’s so special. Share your success story on a video or in a blog article. Link your story, photo, or video [&hellip

Please Remember in Your Prayers Dr. Harry Webb

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 2:50pm

Please remember in your prayers Dr. Harry Webb, a photographer, filmmaker and associate professor of education whose association with the University of St. Thomas spanned half a century.

Webb had been living at the Minnesota Veterans home and in his final years had Alzheimer’s. He died Saturday, Aug. 16, at age 94.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville. His funeral will be held there at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. Visitation also will be held for an hour prior to the service; a luncheon will follow.

Born in 1919 in Philadelphia, where he graduated from high school, Webb served in the Air Force and later studied social science, communications, audio-visual education and photography at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate.

Dr. Harry Webb

By the time he came to St. Thomas in 1954, he already had been involved in the production of two dozen educational films covering subjects that ranged from trout to Seminole Indians. He was hired as an associate professor of education and director of the college’s Audio-Visual Center. As part of the job, he directed the campus film club and the photography department, which provided images for The Aquin student newspaper, the Aquinas yearbook and public relations.

A 1954 article in The Aquin introduced Webb to the St. Thomas community. “By spring, Webb hopes to have set up courses in photography and audio-visual,” the story said. “Because of the growth of still photography and films in business and especially in television, he feels that both these courses will equip students with useful tools for future vocations.”

Seven years later an Aquin article described another of Webb’s duties: filming football games.

“The football cameraman is hoisted up 40 or 50 feet where the wind velocity is three times that on the playing field,” he was quoted as saying. “I remember an impossible night when (Frank) Deig was coaching the team against Gustavus, away. The weather was so bad that there was no one in our stands and six on the Gustavus side. And there I was, up on the roof making films.

“It’s like holding your cheek next to an ice cube and watching the game through a keyhole,” he said.

While records show that Webb retired in 1995, he remained a frequent sight on campus for many more years. In 1998, St. Thomas published Faces of St. Thomas: Dr. Harry Webb Photographs 1954-1998, which he dedicated “To my dear wife, Lois, and to my colleagues who have taught me so much over the years.”

While Webb took thousands of photographs of St. Thomas life, the ones he selected for his book were formal or candid portraits of colleagues, many of them friends he had known for decades.

(Copies of the book are available free at the University Relations receptionist’s office on the fifth floor of Loras Hall on the south campus. If you’d like a free copy delivered via campus mail, call University Relations at (651) 962-6405.)

Mike Ekern, the university’s director of photography, said Webb was “an excellent photographer. The sheer volume of his collection and quality of his work, which included formal portraits as well as photographs taken during unguarded moments, shows how much he valued this place. The people here were important to Harry, and he took the time to photograph them.”

Ekern’s predecessor, Roger Rich, was hired by Webb in 1970 and spent the next 37 years taking photographs for the university.

“Harry was very friendly and he liked to spend time visiting with people before he took their picture,” Rich said. “He liked to get to know the subjects he was photographing. He also was very particular and took a lot of time setting up a shot.

“Years ago we’d set up very bright lights to take portrait shots. The lights created quite a bit of heat and the subjects would sometimes start sweating, so Harry had a makeup kit and would use pancake powder on them so they wouldn’t glisten.”

In addition to always wearing a bowtie, Webb also was known for the breakfasts he’d make in the office. “He made toast every morning, and sometimes he’d open a can of sardines as well,” Rich said.

Webb created many of the portraits of faculty members who were selected for the annual Professor of the Year Award. Those are displayed on the third floor of the Anderson Student Center, and many are included in his Faces of St. Thomas book.

Paul Hague, a longtime member of the English faculty, wrote in the forward to Faces of St. Thomas: “On the edge of the next century, the University of St. Thomas flourishes: new buildings, new courses, new directions. The future beckons. But to a small – and shrinking – band of faculty and staff, looking backward perhaps holds as much attraction as looking forward even to the brightest tomorrow.

“Harry’s pictures are a gift and a blessing to all who were part of an earlier St. Thomas. They are published here at a good time – before the memories fade.”

Bill Kirchgessner, a former member of the University Relations staff who worked with Webb on Faces of St. Thomas, wrote in the book that after coming to St. Thomas in 1954, “Harry quickly established himself as the number-one proponent for instructional media services and the advantages of using media in teaching.

“That got him into the classroom, where he forged strong ties and fast friendships with the faculty. It was this – that he lived and worked among these people – that enabled him to capture on film the rich, colorful personalities of the people who make up the St. Thomas community.”

Tom Webb, one of Harry’s sons, wrote that his father “was blessed with a long life — 94 years — and spent it looking at every glass half-full, usually with a smile on his face.

“He played a lot of roles in his lifetime: college professor, filmmaker, extraordinary photographer, delighted grandfather, amateur painter, overzealous pruner, World War II serviceman, book author, wacky food devotee and, especially, loving husband and father. Even in his final years, as his sharp mind was ravaged by Alzheimer’s and his world narrowed, he never forgot his bride of 60 years and their four children. And they never forgot him. I have been endlessly impressed by the love and devotion shown by my mother, and by each of my siblings, during my dad’s long and difficult decline.”

Webb is survived by his wife, Lois, of Falcon Heights; son Bill (Sue) of Edina, son Tom (Trevor) of St. Paul, daughter Nancy (Dennis) of Green Valley, Ariz., and son David (Julie) of Shoreview; a brother, Clarence, and sister, Jane, both of Philadelphia; and 10 grandchildren. His three sons hold undergraduate degrees from St. Thomas (classes of 1977, 1979 and 1985) and David holds a St. Thomas doctorate.

CSB awarded $150,000 for paid internship program

CSB was recently awarded a $149,133 grant through the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to help create more paid internship opportunities for junior level students.

Saint Mary’s at the State Fair

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:42pm
While you’re at the Minnesota State Fair, visit our Saint Mary’s University booth and connect with us — we’d love to get to know you better. From Aug. 21 through Sept. 1, we’ll be at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” in the Education building on the Fair’s east side. Visitors look forward to stopping by the [&hellip

Jenni Harms ’14: Lifelong Gustie Starts Next Chapter at Cargill

Gustavus Campus News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:53pm

Jenni Harms ’14

With two Gustie alumni as parents, Jenni Harms ’14 needed no introduction to Gustavus when it came time to make her college choice back in 2010. She had attended the College’s Tennis and Life Camps for seven years and had also attended signature events like Christmas in Christ Chapel since she was a young child.

That familiarity was definitely a factor in Harms’ decision, but it was something else about Gustavus that eventually sold her on the school.

“A major reason why I wanted to go to Gustavus was because of the student to faculty ratio (12:1),” Harms said. “I did not want to be a number at a large university. I wanted to be recognized as a person and have the opportunity to build relationships with my professors.”

Harms built those relationships with faculty members, traveled the world as a member of two music ensembles, studied abroad for a semester in Ireland, developed close relationships with peers as a member of a sorority, obtained two valuable internships, and is now in the early stages of her professional career at Cargill—one of the most respected corporations in all of Minnesota.

“Gustavus helped prepare me in so many ways for post-grad life. The work ethic that was needed to succeed in classes at Gustavus is what has been most prevalent to me,” Harms said. “Going into work already knowing how to multitask and delegate time has helped me so much with my full-time job at Cargill. Also, the ability to learn things quickly and having a liberal arts education is really beneficial in the business world.”

After starting her four years at Gustavus as an environmental studies major, Harms decided to switch courses and become a mathematics major with a minor in management. She was also able to remain involved in music as a flutist in the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra.

Harms said her involvement in the two ensembles provided her with a great community of friends and many opportunities to travel the world. She went to South Africa in 2012 with the Symphony Orchestra and to Eastern Europe in 2014 with the Wind Orchestra. Being part of a world-class music program and traveling the world was a rewarding experience, but Harms also harkens back on the mentoring relationship she developed with Dr. Douglas Nimmo, the now retired conductor of the Wind Orchestra.

Harms and fellow 2014 alumna Janelle Derbique on graduation day.

“Almost every faculty member at Gustavus positively influenced me in some way, but Dr. Nimmo was a particularly strong mentor for me,” Harms said. “He was always willing to talk and give me advice about music, school, post-grad decisions, and just life in general. Having a professor who cared so deeply about things that weren’t just related to band was something very special that Gustavus provided me.”

Gustavus also provided Harms with a chance to study abroad. Almost half of Gustavus students study abroad during their four years and Harms chose to do so in Galway, Ireland during the spring semester of her junior year. Harms calls it the best decision she made during her four years at Gustavus.

“It opened me up to so many different cultures and really shaped me into the person I am today,” Harms said. “Many of my job opportunities wouldn’t have happened if I did not study abroad because companies look so highly on candidates who have international knowledge and the ability to adapt.”

Her experience in Ireland helped Harms land an internship as a business analyst for Delta Airlines the summer after her junior year.

“Since Delta works consistently with partners that are international companies, it was important to them that I studied abroad in Ireland for six months,” Harms said. “I absolutely loved the internship. I learned so much about the business world and was able to work on many different projects that helped me grow professionally.”

With her undergraduate degree from Gustavus and her impressive resume that she was able to build during her four years at the College, Harms landed her first job at Cargill—the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue. Harms, an Apple Valley native, has relocated to Nebraska and is an Associate Buyer for the company.

Her primary responsibilities involve managing the timely and cost-effective procurement of maintenance and repair materials and services and requisite contracts and agreements to support the company’s production activities. Harms is assigned to the North American Oils Canada plants and recently spent a week in Canada to help facilitate the implantation of SAP (Systems Applications and Products) software to two of the company’s plants.

“The trip was a great experience and I enjoyed being able to put faces to names for people I communicate with daily in Canada,” Harms said. “I have only been working at Cargill for a month, but it is such a wonderful company to work for. I am learning so much and am looking forward to all the opportunities for growth.”


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Interfaith activist Valarie Kaur to speak at CSB about 'Millennials and a Life of Meaning'

Award-winning filmmaker and lawyer, Valarie Kaur will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Room 204 of the Gorecki Center at CSB.

Rosanne Cash opens 2014-15 Fine Arts Series

Singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, in Escher Auditorium, Benedicta Arts Center at CSB.

UST’s Big Data Team

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:14am

The Opportunity

Anyone involved with technology or software is likely to have heard the term “Big Data” used with increasing regularity. It is a hot growth area in information technology that is widely acknowledged to be a rich area for research, entrepreneurism and engineering. A McKinsey Global Institute report, titled “Big Data the Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity,”¹ indicates that healthcare, the European public sector, retail, manufacturing and personal-location data could each contribute billions of dollars to the global economy in the next six years. It goes on to point out that “140,000-190,000 more deep analytical talent positions, and 1.5 million more data savvy-managers [will be] needed to take full advantage of Big Data in the United States” alone before 2018. Given the demand for expertise in dealing with Big Data, and given the specific aspects of expertise in all facets of Big Data across the Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) faculty, UST launched the Center of Excellence for Big Data in the spring of 2012.

What is “Big Data?” As with any emerging technology concept, definitions vary, but it is generally understood to mean data where the:

  • volume is beyond the capacity of traditional data bases (yes, multiple data bases).
  • velocity of the data is high (as in data streaming in from Twitter feeds, or blogs).
  • variety is large (perhaps from unstructured data sets like customer emails or YouTube videos), and some add
  • veracity² is a challenge since data come from unverified sources external to the organization.

So, the UST Center of Excellence for Big Data (CoE4BD) allows GPS to focus and leverage our skills to meet market demands. When the center was founded, it was the first university center for excellence in Big Data, and, among corporations, only HP had any efforts in this area.

Faculty Experience

Much of the momentum in starting this center came from the combined expertise of GPS faculty. Over the past decade, GPS faculty quietly had been amassing the skills and expertise critical for forming this center. Some of the expertise was commensurate with being the oldest and most successful graduate program focused on software in the United States. GPS was founded in 1985. At that time computer science and computer engineering departments abounded, but only about four U.S. schools were focusing their graduate programs specifically on Software Engineering. Software Engineering, as a discipline was just beginning to emerge as a specialty recognized by international standards organizations like IEEE (the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology), and Twin Cities’ employers demanded credentialed software engineers as their employees. Since then, GPS has graduated over 3,000 alumni with high-quality, cutting-edge technologies. That need to be on the cutting edge of emerging technologies is what positioned GPS faculty to be prepared to stand up the CoE4BD.

Varied Activities

The plan for the center is that it will support students and the technology community by providing:

  • Course Support
  • Internal GPS Research
  • Cross-Disciplinary UST Research
  • Local Company Joint Research
  • External Funding
  • Faculty Consulting Opportunities
  • GPS Marketing Opportunities

The support for courses already has been deep and broad. Six courses have been revamped to include Big Data technologies, and two new courses have been developed. A Big Data certificate (four courses) has been approved and is enrolling students as well as alumni eager to gain this certification.

In addition the CoE4BD hosts a cluster of computer comprising a Hadoop software suite, shown in Figure 1. The computers include a Master node and 22 Worker nodes. The Master Node software includes:

  • HDFS (Hadoop File System)
  • HBase (non-relational database)
  • Hive (Data Warehousing)
  • Zookeeper (Workflow )
  • MySQL (database)
  • Cloudera (System Manager)
  • Pig
  • Implal

Each worker hardware node includes software for Hadoop Map/Reduce software that does the distributed processing send to the node.

Figure 1: The Center of Excellence for Big Data’s Hadoop Cluster comprises hardware (Internet connections, Network Switch, “Worker” and “Master” computer nodes) as well as software (Hadoop Map/Reduce).


Joint Research

GPS’s position as a technology leader has led to many new opportunities for students and professors. UST hosts the Twin Cities Haddoop (a leading Big Data tool) Users Group; Big Data class projects have been completed for Supervalu; St. Thomas (analyzing logs of Web connec- tion data) and startup companies: LiquidSpace, CogCubed, SaSolabra. Existing projects continue with Medtronic and with the UST Biology Department.

Long-Term Vision

The center’s intention is to become a leader in research by testing Big Data ideas on UST’s Big Data computing clusters; to foster education by providing tools and techniques to students and companies; and to deliver best practices with publications comparing performance and results of Big Data technologies.

Faculty’s vision for the center is that it will become:

  • nationally recognized as a leader in Big Data technologies;
  • a producer of strong candidates for internships, new hires and retooled employees;
  • a vehicle to more closely integrate GPS faculty research;
  • a trusted provider of consulting, best practices and training for a wide variety of Twin Cities businesses;
  • a UST-wide resource, increasing campus visibility and influence;
  • a Twin Cities resource for businesses, with mutual benefit;
  • an attractor for GPS recruits, increasing enrollment, and;
  • a vehicle for increasing seminar, publication and grant activity.

Bonnie H. Holub, Ph. D.

Holub was the Honeywell Chair in Global Technology Management in Graduate Programs in Software at the School of Engineering.

Holub is a founder and former CEO of Adventium Labs/Adventium Enterprises, a nonprofit research and development lab. She returned to St. Thomas in 2010. Holub was a tenured faculty member in GPS from 1987 to 2004, during which she founded and directed the Artificial Intelligence/High Performance and Parallel Computing Lab.

Holub holds a Ph.D. in computer science/artificial intelligence from the University of Minnesota. In 2009 she was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Computer and Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

Saeed Rahimi, Ph. D.

Rahimi is associate professor in Graduate Programs in Software at the School of Engineering.

He has taught courses in database management systems, management information systems, CASE technologies, data modeling, database modeling, database administration, distributed databases, system simulation and operating systems at St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota for more than 28 years.

Rahimi has held numerous technical and managerial positions for the past 33 years and conducted research and development of database and communications technologies for integrating distributed databases and computer systems. He is known as an authority in databases, distributed database management systems, data modeling, database design and implementation.

Bhabani Misra, Ph. D.

Misra is director and chair, Graduate Programs in Software at the School of Engineering.

Misra earned his doctorate degree and master’s degree in computer engineering and computer science, respectively, from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. He joined St. Thomas in fall 1988. Misra has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses including software engineering, real-time systems, operating systems design, computer architecture, microprocessors, data and file structures and software architecture. Misra’s current interests are in the area of software architecture, software product lines, and service-oriented architecture.

Frank Haug, MSSE

Haug is instructor in Graduate Programs in Software at the School of Engineering.

Recent research interests include software development and database management systems (DBMS), distributed database management systems, data warehousing, metadata modeling and management, software quality and software lifecycle management areas.

Haug has worked as both an employee and as a consultant, spanning the areas of software development, database design and implementation, repositories, data dictionaries, metadata management, and system and network administration.

In addition to performing design and implementation, he has provided on-site instruction. Clients include Microsoft, American Family Insurance, Prairie Island Power Plant, and others.

Chih Lai, Ph. D.

Lai is associate professor in Graduate Programs in Software at the School of Engineering.

Lai has taught courses in data mining, multimedia information retrieval, real-time systems and software engineering. In 2010, Lai also worked as a visiting professor at the Informatics Department of Trier University of Applied Science in Germany. Lai is the 2004 University MAXI Grant recipient.

Previously, Lai was a principal software engineer, working on a next generation aircraft collision avoidance system (ADS-B), of which FAA mandates all aircraft to equip by 2020. Dr. Lai received three U.S. patents and three European patents, all related to aircraft collision avoidance algorithms. He also works with Medtronic on patient monitoring and movement analysis.

Brad Rubin, Ph. D.

Rubin is associate professor in Graduate Programs in Software at the School of Engineering.

Rubin teaches software analysis and design, computer security, advanced computer security, TCP/IP protocols, and information retrieval. He is pursuing a research agenda in quantum computation.

Rubin spent 14 years with IBM in Rochester, Minn., working on all facets of the AS/400 hardware and software development. He was a key player in IBM’s move to embrace the Java platform and was lead architect of IBM’s largest Java application, a business application framework product called San Francisco (now part of WebSphere). He was also chief technology officer for the Data Storage and Information Management division of Imation Corp., and leader of its R&D organization.

¹ McKinsey Global Institute, “Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity,” June 2011. com/insights/mgi/research/technology_and_in- novation/big_data_the_next_frontier_for_inno- vation.

² Eaton, C., Deroos, D., Deutsch, T., Lapis, G., Zikopolous, Understanding Big Data, McGraw Hill, 2012.


From Exemplars, a publication of the Grants and Research Office.

What I like about Saint Mary’s – The Arts!

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:00am
If you like to perform, be entertained or enjoy the quieter arts . . . Saint Mary’s University has an opportunity for you. Start with the top-notch theatre, band and choir groups and campus art gallery. Add in the popular student-run music showcases and you’ll see our campus is teeming with talent. CAPTION: Some of [&hellip

Cheerleader for Orientation

Concordia College Campus News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:00pm
Orientation Committee Chair Katie Englund ’15, Lakeville, Minn., can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2018 to campus.

Concordia Debuts New Recycling Containers Campus Wide

Concordia University Campus News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:55am

As part of a continuing campus-wide initiative aimed at increasing recycling efforts and reducing unnecessary waste, Concordia University, St. Paul has begun installing new recycling and waste containers across campus specifically configured to maximize the likelihood of recycling participation, as well as improve the aesthetics of campus.

When complete, the program will include 192 double containers, which feature both a recycling bin and waste bin, located in residence halls, common areas, classrooms and offices.

Over the past year, Concordia Risk Manager Sara Mulso has led the work with Ramsey County and J.L Taitt and Associates (an independent recycling consultant) to help bolster CSP’s recycling efforts and reduce overall costs. This partnership originally helped launch the Food to Hogs organic recycling program utilized by Sodexo, Concordia’s food service provider.

This year Ramsey County proved Concordia a $10,000 grant to assist with the $30,000 purchase of the new containers. The county hopes to highlight CSP’s recycling initiative as a focal point for recycling in higher education on both the county and state level.

The new recycling containers will allow CSP student, faculty and staff to recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass bottles and aluminum all in one bin. This follows other “green initiatives” such as, the water bottle refill stations, Honeywell energy management software to set back temperatures during non-use times, and replacing the area lights in the Gangelhoff Center to high efficient systems.

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