ITECS: Friday, February 21, 2020

The Indiana Tech Engineering and Computer Science conference (ITECS) is a great opportunity for those interested in technology to not only network with local businesses, but also to learn new and interesting things about the technologies to which we all have access. The conference will be on Friday, February 21th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM in the Multi-Flex Theater located in the Snyder Academic Center . There will be a variety of technical talks that both engineering and computer science students can benefit from. In addition, lunch will be provided for the keynote presentation, after which we will hold a career fair in the Seitz Conference Center!

You can click here for more information about the career fair.

Speaker Information

Eric Potter

Eric Potter's Topic

Eric Potter's Bio

Eric is a Microsoft MVP for .NET and a Software Architect for Aptera Software in Fort Wayne Indiana, working primarily in the .NET platform. He has been developing high quality custom software solutions since 2001. He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at Indiana Tech. He loves to dabble in new and exciting technologies. In his spare time, he loves to tinker with Arduino projects.

Kobe Raypole

Kobe Raypole's Topic

Kobe Raypole's Bio

Kobe is an experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the e-learning industry. Skilled in Ruby on Rails, Ruby, MySQL, and Javascript. Strong engineering professional attending Indiana Institute of Technology.

Nathan Gau

Nathan Gau's Topic

Nathan Gau's Bio

Nathan graduated from Indiana Tech in the spring of 2000 with degrees in Industrial/Manufacturing engineering and Computer Engineering. Career opportunities took him into Information Systems, where he has been working for more than 20 years. He’s worked across several industry verticals and currently works within the public sector supporting Government, Defense, and the Intelligence Community. He started working at Microsoft in October of 2014 and is currently a Senior Cyber-Security Consultant at Microsoft. Publicly, he’s known for authoring the Security Monitoring Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager. He currently maintains a technical blog covering mainly cyber and SCOM related work. He is married with two children and currently lives in Cleveland, OH.

Martine Dowden

Martine Dowden's Topic

Martine Dowden's Bio

Focusing on web interfaces that are beautiful, functional, accessible, and usable. She approaches User Experience from both Art and Science, drawing from her degrees in Psychology and Visual Communications. Martine has worked as an artist, educator, and consultant since 2005. She stays active in the industry, teaching developers at a coding academy, attending and speaking at conferences and meetups. In 2015 Martine published a children's book "Programming Languages ABC++", and in 2016 the Workbook Edition sold over 20,000 copies. She then went on to write "Approachable Accessibility: Planning for Success" which was released in June 2019.

Diana Williams

Diana Williams' Topic

Diana Williams' Bio

Diana is an inquisitive coach and trainer focused on helping individuals and organizations form strong communal bonds. She curiously asks thought-provoking questions to encourage dialogue that challenge the status-quo, helping organizations imagine and develop efficient strategies around their goals. Diana has been in the IT industry for 20+ years. Her Agile passion began while leading the Indiana Department of Revenue through Agile transformation. Subsequently, she has worked in many global organizations, helping improve how they work and interact collectively. She has a wide of experience including developer, Scrum Master, Product Owner, IT software manager, and director. Diana is an avid learner. She is continually looking for innovative, alternative ways to improve herself and the organizations she interacts with. She is passionate about Clean Language, Agile Fluency, and Open Space Agility—where she is both a facilitator and trainer. She has applied these techniques in both the public and private sector by leading transformations, workshops, trainings, and serving as a speaker. When Diana is not coaching teams or leading transformations, she is very family focused; she especially loves spending time with her grandchildren. As a mother and grandmother, she is an advocate for women working in technology.

Conference Schedule

Friday, February 21
Time Event Speaker Location Information
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration Multi-Flex Theater - Academic Center More
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Knowing Your Limitations: The key to improving your software design decisions Eric Potter Multi-Flex Theater - Academic Center More
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM Git good, with source control Kobe Raypole Multi-Flex Theater - Academic Center More
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Cloud Security - Present and Future Nathan Gau Multi-Flex Theater - Academic Center More
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Can you read me now? An intro to accessibility. Martine Dowden Multi-Flex Theater - Academic Center More
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM Break
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM How to Love Your Job - Keynote Presentation Diana Williams Multi-Flex Theater - Academic Center More
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Career Fair Seitz Conference Center - Andorfer Commons More

Career Fair

The career fair will be on Friday, February 21 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM in the Seitz Conference Center located on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. If you are interested in the career fair, you can register using the following link: