Students claim awards

Purdue Calumet students claim awards
in Information Systems competition

Vying against other Midwestern college and university students, two Purdue Calumet computer information systems seniors returned from the recent Ball State University Information Systems Project and Case Competition with first place, first runner-up and second runner-up honors.

Best Case Solution

Bradley Jordan of Cedar Lake and Benjamin Oprinovich of Munster won the Best Case Solution Award for effectively analyzing, providing a solution and presenting their solution of a case analysis to a panel of judges, according to team advisor, Professor and Head of Purdue Calumet’s Department of Information Systems Kuan-Chou Chen.

The Purdue Calumet student pair, who competed against teams of five to seven students, also earned first runner-up honors in the Project Presentation category. They did so by developing a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to help the Legacy Foundation of Northwest Indiana, a non-profit community organization, better connect people with needed resources. The interactive GIS identifies and organizes Lake County, Indiana’s 414 non-profit organizations on a web map.

Resource for Legacy Foundation

“A GIS will be a valuable resource and tool for the Legacy Foundation to identify and organize all non-profit organizations that can provide assistance,” said Chen, who credits Purdue Calumet CIS project sponsor and University Institute for Social and Policy Research Director Rebecca H. Stankowski for the GIS project idea.

Jordan and Oprinovich also claimed an overall competition award of second runner-up.

Students in Purdue Calumet’s Department of Information Systems learn about and apply hardware, software, networking technologies and resource management techniques to facilitate communication and collaboration within and between companies. IS students also learn to transform data into various information products for decision-makers, shareholders and consumers.

More information about the department can be obtained by contacting Prof. Chen at 219/989-2336 or via email.