May 2015 Update

RTP Chapter May Meeting

Analytics: Insights for Action

The buzz phrase “Big Data” has created a lot of hype in the business world today. But what qualifies as “Big Data” and what does that phrase mean to different industries? More importantly, how are executives using that data to make measurable contributions to their organizations?

The panel includes: Paul Kent, Vice President, Big Data SAS; Gerhard Pilcher, VP & Senior Scientist, Elder Research, Inc.; Ana Maria Echeverri, CEO and Founder, Dashlytics and Dr. Shaina Race, Assistant Professor of Analytics, NCSU will moderate the panel discussion.

The meeting will be held at the University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, May 14, 2015. READ MORE HERE

Northeastern Ohio Chapter Celebrates 30 Years

The Northeaster Ohio Chapter will celebrate their 30 year anniversary on May 28th, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Kent State Ashtabula Campus / Blue Gold Room, 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula, OH    44004 .

Our chapter was Founded by Tony Long and chartered in 1985.  The KSUAC Student Chapter was founded in 1990.  The AITP Association was founded in 1951!

Please take a walk down memory lane as we recognize our past and present members for their dedication and contributions to the chapter.  The evening will be full of history, adventure and fun.  Thirty years is a lot of computer history and leadership to talk about!  READ MORE HERE

Submitted by Brenda Angle

Pittsburgh Chapter Awards Scholarship

At their April 20th meeting the Pittsburgh Chapterscholarship presented their annual scholarship to Peter Bienesser from La Roche College. Peter is the Executive VP of La Roche Student Chapter. He wrote an excellent paper on 3D printing which is also attached with Pictures. Also in attendance representing Peter was his mother, Mrs. Bienesser and Justin Bakow, President of La Roche Student Chapter and a decorated U.S. Army Vet. Pat McMurray did an excellent scholarship presentation and I (Stan Hoffman, President AITP Pittsburgh presented Peter with the Scholarship check. We had 39 in attendance at the meeting with a lot of new faces we have not seen before. Desert was a Scholarhip cake with Peter’s name and credit for the cakes goes to Nancy See, picture attached. I have to say if you have a good topic to present people will come. To top off the night we had John McClelland, Technical Strategist of Microsoft do an excellent presentation on Windows 10.

Submitted by Stan Hoffman

Pittsburgh Chapter Annual Golf Outing

The Pittsburgh Chapter is holding its 2015 AITP Scholarship / Charity Golf Outing on Saturday August 1st, 2015 at the Bulter’s Golf Course in Elizabeth , PA SIGN UP FORM HERE

Pittsburgh and Greater Wheeling Chapters Joint Meeting

The Pittsburgh and Greater Wheeling Chapters will hold their joint meeting on Wednesday June 10, 2015 at the Courtyard Washington Meadow Lands, 1800 Tanger Blvd, Washington, PA.15301.

This is the 8th year that the 2 chapters have held this meeting in June

The speaker for the evening will be Dr. Zenovy Wowczuk who is currently the Director of the Center for Smart Defense at West Virginia University where he leads WVU’s defense-focused applied research organization.  

Dr. Zenovy Wowczuk will give a presentation on biometrics verification technologies.

Confirmix delivers advanced biometrics verification technologies for enterprise and consumer identity authentication and management products. The Confirmix enterprise products combat the identity theft and online fraud activities that cause more than $100 billion in losses annually to businesses and governments. Confirmix Dual Authentication method uses liveness facial matching technologies.
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Classified Ad – Help Wanted – Position is open immediately

Are you a unfulfilled writer trapped in a techie’s body? Unleash your inner and creative spirit and apply for the position of the Region 18 CommuniGram (C-gram) monthly editor and publisher.

No experience required!! Great job for a recent college grad (recent can be within the last 50 years). Free training provided – John Parkinson, the current editor & publisher, and Harvey Schoenman, the CommuniGram founder and previous editor & publisher, will be glad to help you for the first few months and as needed after that. Once you get the hang of it, you may unleash your creative juices to customize the C-gram to “make it your own.” The current format is a WordPress blog.

Salary: The satisfaction that you have a “region job” and are responsible for meeting a monthly deadline. And it will look great on your resume. Fame and great riches await!

Research requirements: Please review past C-grams at

Interested? Or maybe just want to talk about it? Please send an email to Harvey at We can set up a phone call and include John when appropriate.

Harvey Schoenman
President, Region 18