Job Posting: Lead Developer (lead programmer analyst)

More hiring!

Harvey Mudd College seeks a lead developer to join our software development team.

As lead developer you will lead a small team of two other full-time staff and several part-time developers. You will be responsible for designing and developing productivity tools that span the full range of needs in a higher education environment. You will work to integrate applications we already have, such as our Portal product, the Sakai learning environment and our Content Management system. You will also develop tools that work with those products. You will help develop our identity management strategies and craft service-oriented architecture solutions using existing assets and new components.

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What you’ll definitely need to know: Java/J2EE, Web Services, SOA, general knowledge of languages like PHP, Perl, Ruby, how to take a project from idea to deployment, how to lead a team of programmers, how to set standards for coding and documentation.

What we’d like you to know: C#, Subversion/CVS/SourceSafe, knowledge of community source projects like Sakai or Kuali, experience working in a higher ed environment.

What you can expect: Challenges! A great working environment: Harvey Mudd College is a liberal arts college that enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the premier engineering, science, and mathematics schools in the nation. You will be part of a small community and surrounded by very bright people who are dedicated to the HMC mission of producing well rounded engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

Starting salary is competitive, dependent upon qualifications. This position is full-time and eligible for participation in a competitive set of benefits.

For more information, the full job description and application procedures please visit www.hmc.edu/employment

Job posting: Group Leader User Support

We are recruiting!

Harvey Mudd College seeks a group leader for its computing and information services User Support group.
We're now hiring!

As group leader you will lead a team of three full-time and one-part time staff, as well as a number of students, who provide full computing support to approximately 400 faculty and staff and limited support to 700 students.  You will manage work flow and provide second tier technical support. The group leader is responsible for determining service levels, planning for support delivery and ensuring that computing support is timely, professional and effective.   You will also oversee student computing labs and the purchase, setup, distribution, and support of desktop hardware and software for faculty and staff. Draft hardware and software policy proposals for management review. Consult with faculty and staff about computing needs.

Reporting directly to the CIO, the Group Leader forms part of the Computing and Information Services management team.

What you’ll definitely need to have: ability to develop and lead a team of support specialists, broad technical knowledge of Windows, OS X and Linux desktops, understanding of support issues in a higher education environment, experience using ticket systems such Footprints or Remedy, experience using a Content Management system such as Cascade, Vignette, Plone or Joomla!,  ability to trouble shoot both technical and work flow issues, ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and with varying technical skill sets.

What we’d like you to have: knowledge of mobile computing support issues (PDAs, netbooks),  an acquaintance with discipline specific applications such as Mathematica or SPSS, knowledge of the Sakai course management system, the Footprints ticket system and the Cascade Content Management System.

What you can expect: Lots of challenges! A great working environment: Harvey Mudd College is a liberal arts college that enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the premier engineering, science, and mathematics schools in the nation. You will be part of a small community and surrounded by very bright people who are dedicated to the HMC mission of producing well rounded engineers, scientists and mathematicians.

Starting salary is competitive, dependent upon qualifications. This position is full-time and eligible for participation in a competitive set of benefits.

For more information, the full job description and application procedures please visit www.hmc.edu/employment

Tablet PCs go to students and faculty

Earlier this year, Barry Olsan kindly helped us obtain a number of Tablet PCs from Lenovo as part of a matching grant program at IBM.

Ashley Nelson picks up her Tablet PC from Raymond Allen

In August we sent out a message asking people to tell us what they would do if they had a tablet to use in class during the Fall semester.  We got 25 great responses and I had to choose 10 winners, with help from the Computing Committee.  We let the winners know last week and they soon turned up at the Help Desk eager to pick up their new Tablet PCs.

It was no surprise (this is Mudd!) that there were some intriguing ideas in the applications. One student is going to do a kind of controlled experiment by taking notes the traditional way in one class and using the Tablet in another. Another is going to install Linux and tell us what he learns about the experience. Still another is going to look at the question of whether some classes are more suited to Tablet use than others (Chinese vs Engineering?).

Some faculty received Tablet PCs as well.  Erik Spjut will test the system with an eye to using it in a Spring class.  Zach Dodds is going to make use of the tablet in a Robotics class and Don Remer is going to use his tablet “live” during lectures.

All the winners have agreed to share information about their use of the Tablet PC at a round table discussion in the Spring Semester.  So watch out for news of that event.

Trang Pham with her new Tablet PC

This is an exciting experiment for CIS as well.  With this pilot, we hope to learn more about how Tablet PCs can work in the HMC environment.  Since they came with Windows Vista, we will have the opportunity to learn more about that operating system and develop a sense of the impact it will have as it becomes more common.  And it is just great to be able to give out some free stuff!

We are going to be sending out a similar call for applications to use a Tablet PC for the Spring semester, and we’ll also have an Apple iTouch or two for people to try out.

Here is the list of people who received Tablet PCs this time round.

Erik Spjut picked up his Tablet PC last week

Trang Pham
Alex Ross
Ashley Nelson
Alex Hagen
Ben Margolis
Jeremy Brown
Don Remer
Erik Spjut
Zach Dodds
Greg Herschler

So if you see one of them walking about with a Tablet PC, ask them all about it.  It might give you ideas for an application for the Spring semester!

New Wireless Network

Good news about the HMC wireless networking infrastructure!

During the summer, the Claremont Colleges reached agreement on how to move forward with the next generation of wireless networking, which will eventually replace the CINE wireless network.  As a result of that agreement, HMC invested in new wireless access points and switching equipment, which we have started to deploy across the HMC campus.

The new wireless network uses 802.11n technology (more secure, faster!) and does not require the registration of MAC addresses.  Wireless users will have a similar experience no matter which College they happen to be visiting.

Our deployment plan is as follows.  We started with the areas that had the least coverage and we will be placing up to twelve access points in some buildings.

Even though we will be putting the access points in place during the Fall, don’t expect to be able to use the new network in production until Spring semester.

Hoch-Shanahan: August 08
West Dorm:  August 08
East Dorm: August 08
North Dorm: August 08
Atwood: September 08
Linde: September 08
South:  September 08
Sontag:  September 08
Case:  October 08
Linde Activities Center:  October 08
Platt:  October 08
Kingston:  October 08
Garrett House: October 08
Thomas-Garrett: October 08
Sprague Library: October 08
Olin/Beckman: November 08
Parsons: November 08
Jacobs/Keck: December 08/January 09
Galileo:  December 08/January 09

If you have questions about any aspect of the plan, please don’t hesitate to contact the CIS Help Desk at (909) 607 7777

HASTAC competition

An announcement from HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) came in this morning. It may be of interest to HMC students. With sponsorship from the MacArthur Foundation, they have announced a digital media and learning competition.

The website is http://www.dmlcompetition.net/

Here’s the announcement that came via email:

An announcement from HASTAC.org

We want to hear your ideas about how you can make new technologies enable and enhance learning. This year the $2 million Digital Media and Learning Competition has special awards for those aged 18-25, to help you take your innovative ideas from the garage to implementation. Young Innovator awards range from $5,000-$30,000. Focus: Participatory Learning. Deadline: October 15, 2008. Find out more at http://www.dmlcompetition.net

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DIGITAL MEDIA AND LEARNING COMPETITION 2008
Looking for Young Innovators
$2 Million Competition

Focus: Participatory Learning
Application Deadline: October 15, 2008
Full information at: www.dmlcompetition.net