Monthly Archives: January 2015

Would you like to contribute to the CIS blog?

The CIS Department is working to make this blog a useful communication tool for all students in our department, as well as a CIS community forum for students, faculty, and alumni.  We are looking for a few more student writers to participate in writing for the blog.

Opportunities can include simple editing work to publicize upcoming opportunities and events, but we are also looking for students who would like to write original articles on IT-related topics and current events of interest to them, at the rate of approximately 1-2 articles per month.  We would like to make this blog a place where students in the department can look for new information related to the field, and perhaps even discuss some of the articles and concepts together as a community.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Jamie Pinchot at your earliest convenience (  Blog writers are eligible to earn SET credit for this work.

Applications for Graduation in May 2015 are due by January 26

Attention:  Prospective May 2015 Graduates

Any students who expect to complete their degrees at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 semester must submit an Application for Graduation by Monday, January 26, 2015.

Applications can be submitted through the RMU web site (see link below) or through the Academic Services Office in Patrick Henry.

Link to additional information about May 2015 Commencement (and the online Application for Graduation):

Spring 2015 CIS Professional Technology Presentations – Save the Dates!

Each semester, the CIS Department brings a variety of companies and speakers to campus in order to provide Professional Information Technology presentations on computing trends, internships, and job opportunities.  The faculty highly encourage all CIS department students, from freshmen to seniors and grad students, to attend these events.  You will not be overwhelmed or bored.

The following Professional Information Technology Presentations have been scheduled so far for the spring semester:

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 – Grant Thornton
    Grant Thornton, 5th largest CPA firm in the world with over 6,000 employees, has named RMU as an Academic Affiliate.  They are looking for “Competitive Intelligence” interns and new graduates for their Pittsburgh office.  Also, they will be looking for “Information Security” interns and recent grads for their Philadelphia office.  For both areas, they are looking at undergraduates and Masters students.
  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 – LANtek
    LANtek will discuss who All Lines/LANtek are and their current career opportunities, including a program at PPG.  They will also provide an introduction to “Interview Skill Building” aimed at information technology students.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – M&K Bank
    Additional details on the topic of the presentation by M&K Bank will be forthcoming soon.

Each Information Technology Presentation will be held at the Wheatley Center Critique Room, and will follow this schedule:

  • 4:15 PM  – Registration and free pizza begins. Students attending will be provided credit towards the Student Engagement Transcript requirements.
  • 4:30 PM- 5:15 PM – Presentation
  • 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM – Q & A session and closing

Save the dates!  These sessions can be truly valuable and eye-opening to students at all levels.

COBOL Programmer/Analyst Position with Dollar Bank

Dollar Bank COBOL Position Open

Dollar bank is now looking for an employee for their COBOL  Programmer/Analysts position. Requirements are:

  • Graduate from an IT Technical school or college degree with concentration in Information Technology required. Will consider commensurate experience.
  • Must have course work or knowledge of programming
  • Must possess excellent analytical skills as the candidate will be required to determine what changes are necessary to accomplish project requirements
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Candidate must be able to work under pressure and have proven ability to meet deadlines
  • COBOL classes or knowledge of COBOL is a plus

Scope of Work:

  • Codes COBOL programs and tests for accuracy
  • Prepares documentation for Systems and Programming
  • Implements program changes
  • Tests programs for accuracy
  • Designs systems and performs associated tasks involved with the system’s design, including running tests and implementing new development and existing projects
  • Solves problems that tend to arise in the normal course of business, including off-hours calls
  • Communicates accurate task status to supervisor and peers
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Contact Information:

Carol Moon
Human Resources Officer
Dollar Bank
Three Gateway Center, 1 West
Pittsburgh, PA   15222
Phone:  412-261-5979 Fax:  412-261-5854

DHS Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative – Deadline extended to January 23rd!

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the launch of the 2015 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative. This program is part of the department’s ongoing effort to develop the next generation of cyber talent, and in the coming months, DHS expects to place approximately 75 undergraduate volunteers in cybersecurity-focused assignments at more than 50 locations across the country.

Volunteers who are selected will have a unique opportunity to learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission and to engage in hands-on cybersecurity work related to digital forensics, network diagnostics, incident response, and a variety of other specialties.

Applications will be accepted until January 9, 2015 via The deadline for applications has been extended to January 23, 2015!

Special Recruiting Program at Wakefern Food Group

Wakefern Food Corporation is the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative, and the wholesale distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite supermarkets.  They currently have an opening for a Leader in Training (Management Trainee – Technical Track) located in Edison, NJ.

As Management Trainee you will participate in a 20-month program that will prepare you for a programmer analyst position within the organization. Additionally, you will participate in all life-cycle activities in support of various IT projects.

Qualifications include:

  • Four-year college degree required (Information Technology/Business Management, preferred).
  • Career interest in Information Technology and Project Management.
  • Good working knowledge of programming languages (Java, HTML, JavaScript), debugging techniques and systems development life-cycle.
  • Minimum of 6 months experience in programming discipline, utilities, operating system, etc., is essential; working experience in another business system is desirable; but not mandatory.
  • Experience with WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal is a plus.
  • An understanding or interest in developing mobile applications, either natively or using a cross-platform development tool (ie. Worklight) is desirable.
  • Knowledge of the DB2/Oracle/SQL Server database platforms and SQL would be considered a plus.
  • Interest in keeping up with the latest technologies and determining ways that that they can be applied to the business.
  • Must have the ability to handle multiple tasks as well as report to multiple management levels.
  • Proven leadership, assertiveness and interpersonal skills proficiency is essential.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills including the ability to write and deliver both formal and informal presentations.
  • Minimum 1 to 3 years supermarket or other retail/wholesale related experience is preferred.

Candidates interested in the Information Technology Track – Please mail, fax or email your resume and salary history to:

Wakefern Food Corporation, Attn: YC, Human Resources P5-104, 230 Raritan Center Parkway, Edison, NJ 08837. Fax: (732) 346-8998. 


“Passion to Innovate. Power to Change.” – Summer IT Internship at Bayer

Information Technology 2015 Internship at Bayer

As we all know Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials. It sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life.

They are currently seeking Juniors or Seniors to participate in their North America Information Technology Intern Program. The primary responsibility of the role will be to identify, analyze, plan, design, document and deliver technical solutions to meet the business requirements. The interns will have the opportunity to assist IT members to gain a direct view of what is involved in supporting ongoing IT efforts. The selected individuals will work with senior members of the team and assist with tasks of low to medium complexity. Candidates must be available for a 3-month summer assignment (May – August 2015) at Bayer’s Pittsburgh, PA site.

If interested make sure to check the link below:

Information on Stuxnet Virus

Student Editorial

Many of us who study computers whether it be Cyber Forensics, Information Technology, or Computer Information Systems, know that cybercrime is among us. I would like to bring to everyone’s attention a situation recently in the news, and that is a virus called Stuxnet.

Stuxnet, for those who don’t know, is a worm (a type of computer virus) that was developed to attack Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility (Fingas, 2014). The worm is meant to attack PLC which are Programmable Logic Controllers. I hope I grabbed your attention because, yes, this is a very bad infection for controls that can override functions in a nuclear facility. The Natanz nuclear facility has no direct Internet connection, so the virus couldn’t be spread to it via an Internet connection.  It is now known that before the virus reached Natanz, it attacked 5 key vendors that affiliate with Natanz and was brought in by one of the employees, or someone who works in the facility.

I know many people don’t care what is happening hundreds of miles away, but according to Kaspersky Labs, the virus has now spread all over the Internet.  Since the virus is intended for corporations, it is not a major concern for end users, but companies need to ensure that private data stored on their networks is protected.  Many people believe this virus contains American roots. (Fingas, 2014). The Issue I have with claiming that it has come from America is that there is no proof.  Kaspersky apparently can tell you where the rogue code (Stuxnet) has been, but not its origins.

If you would like to read more about Stuxnet, please refer to:

Fingas, J. (2014, November 13). Stuxnet worm entered Irans’s nuclear facilities through hacked suppliers. Retrieved from:

If you would like to discuss this further, please comment below.

IT Intern Positions for Spring 2015 at Michael Baker Corporation

There are open positions as an IT Intern available at Michael Baker Corporation located in Moon Township.  This Spring 2015 Internship pays $15/hour.

Some of the responsibilities for this position are as follows:

  • Assist technical professionals in discipline
  • Perform simple to moderate calculations
  • Perform routine analysis
  • Prepare basic reports
  • Write, edit, or create basic documents and communications
  • Assist with data collection, input verification, and manipulation

There is no work experience necessary for this position.

You must have a minimum of a 2.5 overall GPA and one year of coursework completed.

Interested in this Position? Contact Mike Smetana at one of the following:

412-375-3046 (phone)