MHTA — In April Unisys hosted a group of students from Apple Valley High School for a Tech Experience Tour at their Eagan campus. Students engaged in one-on-one question & answer chats with Unisys associates and were given a guided tour of a Unisys data center.
The Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) provides these unique events for students interested in learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Careers and the high tech business world.
Michael Westerheim, Unisys Global Data Center Services Director, conducted the data center tour that the students found to be pretty cool. The Eagan data center is Unisys’ flagship data center.
Unisys panelists included Adam Gallagher, Project Lead and Agile Coach; Steve Grotbo, Digistics Cloud Service Architect; Pei Qing Huang, System Testing and System Administration Associate Engineer; David Johnson, Technology Products and Services Consultant; Alan Sayler, Technology Center Associate Engineer; Ellen Sorenson, Operating Systems and Database Management Lead Engineer; Ron Voight, Transportation Products Engineering Director; and Tom Zurick, Logistics Management System Product Director.
The Q&A discussions were held using a “speed-dating” type of model where students had ten minutes to meet with a Unisys panelist to learn about day-to-day work experiences, noting that while programming and coding skills are important, communication skills and problem solving are critical to success.
The panel also discussed their education backgrounds — and the variety of experiences that can lead to STEM jobs — how they got to Unisys, and the major changes in technology over the years, among other topics.
Kris Wilmunen, Digistics Cloud Service Director, organized the event on behalf of Unisys.
“This was the second Tech Tour that Unisys hosted. The Unisys team really enjoyed sharing their IT career experiences and had valuable advice for the students. This is a great and easy way to give back to our profession,” said Wilmunen. “We will be looking forward to host additional tours during the 2017-18 school year.”
For more information on Tech Experience Tours, visit http://www.mhta.org/tech-experience-tours/. If you are interested in hosting a future tour, please contact Tim Barrett, MHTA’s Director of STEM Education and Workforce Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a STEM educator looking to connect with a business, be sure to also visit our get STEM Minnesota website at getstem-mn.com.