Bill Fluharty is a support specialist with UM-Dearborn Information Technology Services. He enjoys working with people on campus and helping create the best work environment for everyone. He spends time with his wife watching his three daughters playing soccer and watching them grow up right before his eyes.
Thomas Stockwell is a senior application systems analyst programmer with UM-Dearborn ITS. He is responsible for coding and handling database functions. He and his team maintain enterprise applications (Banner Student Information System, DegreeWorks, and WebFocus). He has a passion for playing board games—he and his partner have close to 300.
Since 1998, the CIO ORBIE Awards have recognized technology executives for leadership, innovation and excellence in this rapidly growing, CIO-led national professional association. The Michigan CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. CIOs are typically recognized in multiple categories, based on the size and scope of their organization… Read More »
March first was a significant and eventful day for UM-Dearborn. The new Engineering Lab Building (ELB) opened its doors for classes for the first time since it closed for renovations two years ago. As with everything, COVID-19 delayed the opening by nine months. With the re-opening of ELB, Dearborn ITS worked diligently to improve and innovate the classroom… Read More »
Like so many plans during early 2020, the new physical Tech Shop on the UM-Dearborn campus was put on hold due in part to the COVID-19 global pandemic; however, Director of Campus Tech Rich Wong quickly identified this pause as a new opportunity. Rich connected with UM-Dearborn Senior Manager for Business Affairs Marc Brigolin to inquire about a… Read More »
The game design program at UM-Dearborn has always been small, but by a variety of measures, it’s always been successful. In the late-1990s, when UM-Dearborn would have been considered an early adopter, its program was ranked in the top 10 nationally. Within a few years, it boasted alumni like Austin Krauss (’05 M.S.), one of the developers of… Read More »
UM-Dearborn students taking Arabic language courses will practice speaking through digital interactions with college students in Algeria and Morocco in an environment stimulated to look like Middle Eastern marketplaces, kitchens, and other gathering spaces. Starting this fall, UM-Dearborn will partner with Florida International University (FIU) to offer Tabadul, a digital learning platform that gives students an opportunity to… Read More »
UM-Dearborn deployed a door screening system for Fall 2020 where live screeners checked student and faculty ResponsiBLUE screens, took their temperatures, and compared their Mcard swipes against schedules to ensure they had a class in the building on that particular day. This process was highly successful in keeping building densities low while ensuring compliance with public health guidelines.… Read More »
In February, UM-Dearborn announced that it will launch Tech Tutors — a new student worker-powered support service that’ll be managed by Talent Gateway Executive Director and librarian Laurie Sutch, who coordinated a similar tech program at UM-Ann Arbor. Tech Tutors is part of Dearborn’s Experience+ initiative which aims to unify the campus’s student cocurricular offerings. “When we look at… Read More »
U-M Dearborn founded the Dearborn Artificial Intelligence Research Center less than a year ago with a strategy of “think big, start small, and scale fast.” Organizers have already made impressive progress toward making AI one of Dearborn’s topline areas for research, education, and industry collaboration. Over the past year, several DAIR Center projects have won funding and the… Read More »
Samir Rawashdeh, UM-Dearborn assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and a colleague have developed RehabBuddy, a physical therapy system that employs a wearable sensor that records a “map” of the correct movement of exercises. The RehabBuddy system starts with an in-person visit to a physical therapist. The patient wears a small sensor that records a “map” of… Read More »
Teachers face some serious challenges this school year. But the innovation that’s happening amidst the chaos should give us hope for the future, says U-M Dearborn’s Stein Brunvand, associate dean and professor of educational technology with the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Back in the summer, Brunvard led a free workshop for 33 area teachers and… Read More »
As summer wound down, campus got ready for the fall semester at UM-Dearborn. An Emergency Operations Center directive necessitated restricting campus access to only those students with an on campus class—around 15% of our schedule. To do this efficiently and minimize health risks by reducing time standing in line, we turned to technology. Our reporting tool, WebFocus, produces… Read More »
Throughout their time on campus, students learn through not just academics — but through all aspects of their experience. Many times, however, they do not recognize these moments for growth and for developing skillsets that will greatly aid them in the future. Leaders at U-M Dearborn recognized this issue — and filled that need. The Talent Gateway at… Read More »
Assistant professor of computer science Birhanu Eshete says he didn’t know what kind of response he’d get when fellow professor Di Ma asked if he’d try to get a student organization going to support their burgeoning cybersecurity program. So he started simple, sending out an email inquiry to gauge if there was any interest. Within a couple hours,… Read More »