UM-Dearborn team beats 77 chapters from 13 countries

May 25, 2012

UM-Dearborn ITM Club

Dearborn/May 25, 2012 - Competing against 77 AIS student chapters from 13 countries, members of University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Information Technology Management (ITM) Club proved they were ready for the global stage.

The students brought home more awards than any other chapter at the inaugural International AIS Student Competitions in Provo, Utah, last month.

Group members earned first place in social media optimization, second place in video, third place in Windows mobile app development and reached the finals in IT risk management.

“I’m extremely proud of this group of students,” said faculty adviser Lise Urbaczewski. “Many of our members pulled all-nighters at the conference to make sure our final submissions were up to the students’ standards of excellence.”

The road to Utah began last fall when students competed in an initial virtual component. Each competition track named three to seven finalist groups to compete at Brigham Young University, and UM-Dearborn was the only chapter to qualify for the finals in each of the four competition tracks.

Other qualifying universities included Brigham Young, Illinois State University, Temple University, University of Memphis, Villanova University, Carnegie Mellon University-Qatar and University of Technology-Jamaica.

Six ITM Club members – Austin Abair, Paul Blackford, Kyle Bridges, Heather McNabb, Lauren Toccalino and Greg Walker – traveled to Provo for the competition and leadership conference. In addition to competing, students networked with professionals and other chapter members, attended sessions and participated in social activities.

“What you don’t see in the awards listing is the overall experience our student had at the conference,” said Urbaczewski. “Our club received so much recognition and respect from others. We were sought out by the corporate sponsors, faculty advisers, conference planners and other MIS/ITM students. UM-Dearborn is on the map when it comes to ITM.”

About UM-Dearborn

Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, University of Michigan-Dearborn is a metropolitan university serving southeastern Michigan, committed to excellence rooted in strong academics, innovative research and programming and civic engagement. The University has nearly 8,900 students pursuing more than 100 bachelor's, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business and education.  A top-ranked university with a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of partnering with local leaders and communities, and is committed to finding solutions for the challenges that face the region.


Beth Marmarelli