From the EPSE/LAMP Committee Chair
We are now half way into our 2016/2017 EPSE class, and well started in LAMP, I wanted to thank and reflect on what this alumni board has done and what great things are next to come.
Gary and Susie worked with OSI to set up a joint effort to allow us EPSE LAMP alumni to join the Simulation and Change Leadership workshop for free on the 26th of Jan. This 5-hour event is limited to 18 alumni and the other 18 will come through OSI. Gary has also been working on branching into a new series of classes leading to a certificate on Product Management. You can find more about this at Product Management – Specialized Program. The program kicks off on Feb. 9, 2017 with an opening dinner, followed by the first module on Friday, Feb. 10. There is currently some spots open if you would like to register.
The Outreach committee’s goal is to keep your contacts current and have fun with the events such as Restaurant Week, Feeding America, Nature hikes, and the big event last year was the LAMP 30th event. They are currently planning another networking event in June to bring together graduates of the program to showcase what the programs are like now. The purpose is to generate continuing enthusiasm for sending people from their companies to the programs and how they can help identify new companies to approach to keep the future bright for both programs. Also, this would give the alums a chance to meet the new director and say Good-bye to Gary DeSpain. Rupinder Battoo once again is capitalizing on his organizational skills as he leads the Outreach Group on this as well as many events each year.
The curriculum board led by Vijay Pujar is working to keep the content current to support industry needs as they have a new Supply chain management class for EPSE, and they are refining a class for the LAMP program. We take the feedback from our EPSE /LAMP students seriously and adjust the curriculum by adding/dropping subjects or refining the content to match the need pf industry.
From the EdgeTrend committee, led by Manish Rathore, the highlight for some was the Supply Chain Management seminar by Wendy Jaquez (Vice President of Global Supply Chain for QSC LLC), but for others, it may have been the seminar: Life without Passwords by Steven Secker. Manish is always looking for new ideas so your feedback is welcome.
Finally, we can’t forget the effort Blake Miller (EPSE ’03) and his staff at MITO Studios for their work with all of our committees to maintain our digital and online presence including website/blog, newsletter, marketing, communications and event operations.
One of the highlights of the CES show this year is the expansion of 3D and Virtual reality. Will this be the year that NVIDIA has a huge breakout as more and more devices require the graphics computing power, and to get more devices connected within the auto segment, along with autonomous cars. What part will your company take in the VR world? It sure looks like Qualcomm and Intel are betting on it. Will your company be an innovator or a user of this technology? The EPSE/LAMP alumni board will be exploring these ever-changing industries and focusing on our next EdgeTrend event.