McMurry Students Compete at AITP Region 3 Student Conference

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, October 6, 2014 3:16 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Students from the McMurry Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) student chapter attended the AITP Region 3 Student Conference Oct. 2-4 at Cameron University in Lawton, OK.

Overall, the McMurry students placed 4th out of 12 schools with a team of only six students competing against much larger schools with 30-40 students participating. A total of about 180 students participated in the conference contests.

Brandon Blackburn, a sophomore information technology major, placed first in PC troubleshooting by earning one of the top 10 scores on a 100-question exam and then successfully diagnosing and correcting numerous issues that were disabling a desktop PC. He beat the nearest competitor by several minutes.

Brandon later placed second out of about 20 students in the information security scenarios contest after scoring one of the top 10 exam scores and then preparing an executive-level security assessment complete with a detailed system risk diagram. Brandon also placed 2nd out of about 25 teams in the network design contest, developing a detailed executive-level networking solution proposal.

Brittany Houghton, a senior Math major and Computer Science minor, and Victor Mendoza, a sophomore computer science major, teamed up to place 3rd out of about 25 teams in the Java Programming contest. The problem required them to obtain data from a server in order to price a pizza order. Senior computer science majors David Charles and Luis Lopez also competed in the Java Programming.

Brittany and senior marketing major Kim Martinez competed in the Microsoft Office Solution contest with about 30 other teams. The contest problem statement required integration of Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and an Access database to produce a desired product for the client.

David Charles also competed in the systems analysis and design contest.  He used object-oriented techniques to design a solution for a retail ordering system where some items may be available from current stock and some items may have to be fulfilled and shipped from a warehouse.  The system had to generate the customer invoice, a warehouse packing list, and a shipping document, each containing the appropriate information.

In addition, all of the McMurry students attended lectures from industry professionals about internship and job opportunities and heard valuable advice about preparing résumés and interviewing techniques. They also talked with company recruiters from several high-tech companies.

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