2014 Annual Induction Banquet
The Arkansas Academy of Computing 9th Annual Induction Banquet was held on April 4, 2014 at the Springdale Country Club and hosted by Collins Andrews. The Academy inducted seven new members for their contribution to the computing industry and the State of Arkansas. The new members are: Danielle Bunton Berry *, Jerry Blackburn, Carl Frank, Eric Heil, Winford “Joe” Miller*, Paula King Norwood and Alese Johnston Stroud. * Indicates a posthumous award.
French Hill, CEO Delta Trust and Bank, spoke during our dinner about the economic changes in our state during the past 70 years and highlighted the opportunities for the future based on our core and evolving strengths.
2014 Annual Business Meeting
The Academy gathering continued on April 5 for the annual business meeting. Academy members began the day with a continental breakfast and review of Dr. Craig Thompson’s Capstone Student Projects. The respective students brought in their capstone posters for discussion about the project and outcomes. Many of the capstone projects are viable business opportunities.
Following the Capstone Projects, Academy members started the formal business meeting to vote/approve new executive committee members, review financials and elected the Academy’s next president. See the Presidents Newsletter, April 2014 for more details.
Next, Jerry Adams facilitated a panel discussion on the University /Business Research Gap. Panelists included Dr. John English – Dean, College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Ranil Wickramasinghe – Director, MAST Center and NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center and Dr. Cynthia Sides – Direction, Ignite Program at the Fulbright College, University of Arkansas.
Phil Mui, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Acxiom Corporation, discussed big data and potential to improve the consumer/retail sales cycle.
Dr. Tingxin Yan, Assistant Professor of CSCE at University of Arkansas, sheds insight on crowdsourcing via mobile devices for real time information about our environment such as drinking water, spills and soil measurements.
Randy Mott, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Office at General Motors Company, articulated GM’s plan to move offshore work back to the United States, as well as a number of other efficiency programs within GM to optimize the technology workforce and increase the number of people focused on innovation.
After Mr. Mott’s presentation, the Academy adjourned the meeting.