Online information and computation has changed all aspects of business and society. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be 488,500 new jobs in computer and information technology professions in the next decade. This is an increase of 12 percent, faster than the average for other occupations. This growth will be driven in part by cloud computing; the collection and storage of big data; more everyday items becoming connected to the Internet, in what is commonly referred to as the “Internet of things”; and the continued demand for mobile computing. According to an Economic Modeling International 2015 report, Arizona STEM jobs will increase 23 percent in the same period and Arizona computing jobs will increase 27 percent.
To meet the demand for information workers and prepare for the jobs of the future, the University of Arizona recently launched the School of Information, which is also a member of the international iSchool movement. Arizona’s iSchool aims to foster multiple types of relationships with members of the Arizona Technology Council to address workforce training needs, address information problems in businesses and organizations, and develop long-term relationships that foster research and education. They are also seeking collaborators in the development of the Tucson iHub initiative and building, a proposed public-private partnership between the University of Arizona, media organizations, the information industry, and information-dependent businesses. The initiative would serve as a national model for innovation, with partners combining resources and collaborating on cutting-edge research, providing educational opportunities unlike anything in the world.
Attendees will learn about a variety of information industry job roles that may fit into your organization with the associated skills that iSchool students have. These include internet-enabled collaboration, social media marketing, web design and analytics, big-data management, data visualization, machine learning, data mining, and text mining. Adding Arizona graduates with these skills to your organization or encouraging current employees to continue their education through the iSchool could greatly enhance the efficiency of your business.
The University of Arizona’s School of Information currently has over 500 students in six undergraduate and graduate degree programs with additional enrollments in a series of professional certificates. These programs provide students with technology, communication, and management skills in information-rich environments. They graduate with expertise in a range of information-related capabilities ranging from social networks and new media tools to big data analytics and ‘super computing.’
Through the Arizona Tech Council, the Arizona iSchool is working to initiate two-way communication with businesses and prospective students to improve education programs and ensure that students have the latest technical, social, and administrative skills to excel in modern organizations. The iSchool can tailor undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the needs of your business and the educational goals of your current employees in either face-to-face or online classrooms. The school has more than 20 full-time faculty and more than 20 professional part-time faculty who can work with you to solve complex, real-life information problems in your organization through consulting, contracts, and partnerships.
Who Should Attend
Technology leaders who want to be at the forefront of the exciting iHub project won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about Arizona’s new frontiers in education and information industry partnerships. HR professionals looking to hire qualified information workers or provide professional development opportunities will also want to attend to learn about workforce development. Operations managers with information problems that need to be solved with the help of innovative research partners should also attend.
About the Speaker
The main presenter will be Bryan Heidorn, the director of the University of Arizona School of Information. His work is in management of heterogeneous data, machine learning, and natural language processing. He previously served as a program officer in biological informatics at the National Science Foundation, a faculty member at the University of Illinois, and as a software company founder in Pittsburgh developing expert systems for electric grid management, environmental emissions reporting, and chemical inventory management. Additional faculty and staff from the iSchool will also attend.
Interested in attending? Register here in advance to secure your spot.