The ITOxygen and Advanced Metalworks Enterprises have received funding for a project from GE Aviation. The project involves collecting and analyzing historical manufacturing data to make recommendations to help improve manufacturing processes. It includes obtaining and querying manufacturing data, generating statistical models from the data, using the models to analyze and improve processes and integrating the models into the information technology infrastructure to automatically control manufacturing processes. The project will make place during the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters. It will be completed jointly by the Advanced Metalworks and ITOxygen Enterprises.
The ITOxygen enterprise team has begun a software analysis project for Michigan Tech’s Human Resources department. The goal of the project is to provide Business Process Models and recommendations for software that can aid in improving efficiency and work flow in the department. These models will serve as a springboard for utilizing Lean concepts to improve Human Resources processes in the areas of employment, benefits, and payroll.
Phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in December of 2010. Phase 2 begin with an assessment of the many software products currently used by Human Resources and those available for use. It is expected to be completed in April 2011. This assessment will be used in the development of a strategic software plan for Human Resources.
“We are excited that ITOxygen will be providing Human Resources with very valuable recommendations on how our processes can be optimized, and how to best utilize available software packages” says Mary Zanoni, Project Lead for HR Technical Services.
Over the last five years, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation has supported ITOxygen, a Michigan Tech enterprise team, with their effort to provide non-profit organizations information technology (IT) solutions. This year, the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation continues its support of IT Oxygen by awarding them with a $138,000 grant, bringing the total amount donated to over one million dollars in the last five years. With this funding, IT Oxygen has been able to develop products for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the Village of Lake Linden, the Nature Conservancy of Michigan, the Boy Scouts of America, and others.
“This is an excellent way for students to get experience working with real technologies and real clients. The group is student-run and coordinates and executes all aspects of the projects,” said Bob Maatta, the advisor for IT Oxygen.
IT Oxygen is composed of students in business, computer science, computer engineering, and network administration. Members of IT Oxygen are paid in addition to receiving class credit and the group also employs two full-time project managers that keep work running smoothly. Projects being completed for clients are done with open-source software, meaning that it is free and available without licensing limitations. This allows clients to keep their costs down when searching for IT solutions.
Matt Nienow, a recent graduate sent a message back to fellow IT Oxygen members, “I was recently hired as a consultant with Sogeti, an IT Consulting and Technology Solutions company. They were very impressed with my experience at IT Oxygen. During the interview, they asked if I knew anyone else in IT Oxygen who would want to work for Sogeti once they graduated.”
To learn more about IT Oxygen or to join the group, please visit the IT Oxygen website.