Monday, January 25, 2010

Thank you - Winter Warming Reception

Thank you to all of the alumni that attended our Winter Warming Reception at Bechtel this past weekend. We had 55 alumni attend - ranging from the Class of 1999 - 2010.

Thank you for making the event a huge networking success!

Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Job Opportunities


We’re searching high and low for software engineers. If you know of anyone in Richmond looking for a new and exciting challenge, please let me know. I’d be happy to talk further about the position as well as life at Please feel free to forward this on.
More details at:

Amanda Richardson
SVP, Product and Business Development

(804) 433-4318 : Direct
(804) 836-3769 : Mobile
(931) 233-4897 : Fax
(877) 461-7624 : Toll Free

Proud to be a Best Company to Work for in America

2. Merlin International

Merlin International is in search of an Enterprise Architect that has a specialty in Distributed Data Management.
Please take a look at the attached position description and notify me if you know of anyone who may qualify.
Steve Johnson
3. International Monetary Fund
I have the following position available in the International Monetary Fund for a consultant position.

SharePoint Developer

We are looking for a SharePoint developer with the following skill sets:
SharePoint API
SharePoint Best Practices
Out of the Box Features
SharePoint Security
SharePoint Publishing Model
SQL Server
Membership Provider
HttpHandlers / HttpModules

Has Medium level expertise in
• Branding Skills
• Working with Hosted environments
• Administration (back up - recovery, Content Migration, Export / Import)
• Deployment Strategies and best practices
• Caching
• Performance Tuning
• XHTML & CSS complaint markup
• Hand coded HTML & CSS design skills (Not SharePoint Designer)

And Nice to have
• Know-how on Latest Technologies
• Idea on next generation versions
• 3rd party controls and tools (Telerik etc)
• Web 2.0
• SilverLight and integration with SharePoint
• Team Foundation Server
• Certification (preferably 70.542)
Communication Skills
Critical Thinking
Verbal Presentation
Consultative Approach
Please send your resume to: Arash Sadati -

Friday, January 15, 2010

News Update

1. Exec helps nonprofits do more with technology
Published: December 14, 2009
Article by Rob Jackson, M.S. MIT ‘03

2. A Realistic Data Warehouse Project: An Integration of Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel Advanced Features and Skills
Article by Mike King, M.S. MIT ‘06

Upcoming Events 2010

Richmond Graduate Alumni Happy Hour
Capital Ale House
1/19/10 - Tuesday
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Come anytime!)
4024-A Cox Road (Cox and West Broad Street)
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: 804-780-ALES

NoVA Winter Warming Reception
1/23/10 - Saturday
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please stop by Bechtel and see NoVA MS MIT 2010 students, Barb, Ben, myself and alumni
Alumni will receive two free drink tickets : )

Webchat Series with Stefano Grazioli
1/27/10 - Wednesday
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EST, Stefano Grazioli will present his most recent research on Google—today’s most visible case of IT innovation on a large scale.
In our rapidly changing economy, increasing profits takes more than just cutting costs. Innovation is vital to growth and forward movement. This presentation will highlight best practices driving Google’s success, as well as lessons learned and steps to encourage innovation in your company or organization.
Link to chat will be provided soon.

January Reading List

List of new readings for January’s Reading List:

1. A video link on the 'psychology of security.'

2. (2009, October 15). Clash of the clouds. The Economist.
Armbrust, M., et al.

3. Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results (Hardcover)
~ Thomas H. Davenport
(Author), Jeanne G. Harris
(Author), Robert Morison

4. Worldwide cost of IT failure: $6.2 trillion