photo of TJ Greenier presenting information about running a small business to iSchool visitors

 iSchool at the Loft: TJ Greenier talks about running a technical consulting firm.

Our work with students at the University of Maryland’s iSchool in College Park continued this spring. TJ Greenier participated in the iSchool’s Capstone Mentoring Panel — a discussion with undergraduate seniors that took place as the semester progressed. In April, we welcomed the students to our Collaboration Loft for two special presentations.

 

What is the Capstone Project?

During their final year of study in the iSchool’s undergraduate and graduate programs, students must complete a Capstone project. Some of them worked with Clarity on an information management challenge we provided.

 

Advising Students

At the iSchool’s recent Capstone Mentoring discussion, along with three other panelists, TJ provided details on his background and experience, some of the work opportunities and challenges he has faced, and the management processes he has used. He talked about collaboration, project management, and consulting in technology. TJ gave the students advice about seeking experience through internships, entering the tech workforce, and interviewing for jobs. After the panel presentation, students asked thoughtful questions about careers in technology.

 

A Field Trip to our Collaboration Loft

In late April, students and staff from the iSchool joined us at our office space to learn more about what it takes to start and run a successful small technology company like Clarity. In addition, Bill Farmer, VP of Engineering, presented our team’s 2019 NiFi CodeMash project and demo. He also provided a machine learning demo that processed images to determine the different types of dogs pictured.

Bill Farmer uses a screen to present information about a NiFi project and demo to a room of seated guests.

Bill Farmer shares Clarity’s NiFi project & demo.

 

“The experience was designed to give the students some insight into what a technical small business does — hopefully getting them excited about the types of work opportunities out there in a technical field.” — TJ Greenier

 

More on UMD iSchool

The University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool) is located in College Park. It was founded in 1965. From the institution’s web site: From labs to libraries, we are combining principles of information science with cutting edge technology to foster access to information, improve information interfaces, and expand how information is used in government, education, business, social media, and more. The College is ranked in the top ten nationally by US News and World Report. Visit ischool.umd.edu for more information.

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