GrizzTech Talks

GrizzTech Talks

By The Team at GrizzHacks
Every week, we’ll be spending about 20 minutes with an Oakland University alum, maker, engineer or prominent individual in the workforce. They’ll share their insights and advice from their career path in order to help you navigate your future.
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An Interview with Garlin Gilchrist, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Garlin Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan. After graduating with honors, he had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft. He then took a career shift into politics and public service, where he worked for the Barack Obama campaign and eventually became the Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for the city of Detroit. In 2019, he was elected the 64th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan. In this interview, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist discusses his unique career path. He tells us about his time in college studying engineering, describes his work at Microsoft, and outlines how he took a shift into politics and public service. Along the way, he shares his best career and life advice.  Music by Clockwork Passerine This episode was recorded on May 4th, 2020.
26:24
June 12, 2020
An Interview with Emma Atkinson, Fuel Economy Development and Benchmarking Engineer at FCA
Emma Atkinson is an Oakland University alumna with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  She is studying to receive her master's degree in Systems/Mechatronics Engineering, while working at FCA as a Fuel Economy Development and Benchmarking Engineer. Emma has also previously worked at companies like BAE Systems and Valeo. In this week's episode, Emma discusses her undergraduate experience at OU, and gets into details on working professionally while pursuing her master's degree. You can connect with Emma on Linkedin at  linkedin.com/in/emma-atkinson-8bb344136. Music by Clockwork Passerine
18:23
June 5, 2020
An Interview with Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University
Barbara Oakley is a retired United States Army Captain, and holds degrees from both the University of Washington and Oakland University. After tackling Russian fishing trawlers and the South Pole, Dr. Oakley now spends her time as a professor of engineering at Oakland University, inspiring students in the classroom and online in one of the world’s largest massive open online courses. In this week's episode, Dr. Oakley discusses what individuals can do to learn more effectively, based on her own experiences as a student. You can learn more about Dr. Oakley on her website - www.barbaraoakley.com Music by Clockwork Passerine
18:58
May 29, 2020
An Interview with Rohit Timmagi, GM Resident Engineer at Valeo
Rohit Timmagi graduated from Oakland University in 2018 and served as the president of the League of Engineers and Computer Scientists (LECS) during his time at OU. Currently, Rohit works as a GM Resident Engineer at Valeo, and has also worked in an associate R&D role in the past.  In this week's episode, Rohit talks about his experience as the president of LECS, the unique traits of his role at Valeo, and gives advice on what students can do in order to best prepare themselves for the workforce. Music by Clockwork Passerine
21:29
May 22, 2020
An Interview with Adam McNeilly, Senior Software Developer at OKCupid
Adam McNeilly is a graduate from the Oakland University SECS Class of 2016 and is a GrizzHacks co-founder. Currently, he’s a senior software engineer for OkCupid. In this interview, he talks about his experiences as a student at Oakland, and as a software developer at his current and previous positions. He also gives his own perspective on what engineering and computer science students can do to help further themselves in the field.  Show Notes: You can follow Adam @AdamMc331 on Twitter, and connect with him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/adammcneilly/. Music by Clockwork Passerine
23:47
May 15, 2020
An Interview with Jonathan Gottfried, co-founder of Major League Hacking
Jonathan Gottfried is a co-founder of Major League Hacking, and he formerly worked at StartupBus and Twilio. Jonathan is listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 for his work with Major League Hacking, which is a company that supports student-run hackathons across the world. MLH is growing the hackathon community around the world and helping students learn valuable coding skills.   In this episode, Jon talks about his career path and how hackathons helped him learn, build, and get to the next stage of his career. Along the way, he gives advice to students and recent grads today. Show Notes: Jon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonmarkgo Jon's Email: jon@mlh.io The MLH Fellowship Opportunity: https://fellowship.mlh.io/ Upcoming MLH Events: http://mlh.io/events Music by Clockwork Passerine
23:40
May 15, 2020
An Interview with Kelli Foskic, Career Consultant at Oakland University
Kelli works in Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science Department, helping students secure internships and jobs in the fields that matter most to them. In this week's episode, Kelli talks with the team at GrizzHacks about what students can do in order to best prepare themselves for today and tomorrow's job market. Show Notes: LinkedIn Alumni Tool: https://www.linkedin.com/school/oakland-university/people/ Using Parker Dewey as a Student: https://www.parkerdewey.com/career-launchers Parker Dewey Example Projects: https://www.parkerdewey.com/example-projects A Sample Message for Connecting on LinkedIn: “Hello ABC, while searching for Oakland University connections on LinkedIn, I came across your profile. I am an Oakland Computer Science student, and your company is one of interest for me in my internship search. Would you be willing to share some advice about how you got start with XYZ company?”. Music by Clockwork Passerine
19:57
May 15, 2020
GrizzTech Talks Trailer
Tune in to the latest episode of GrizzTech Talks weekly! Premiering May 15th. Music by Clockwork Passerine 
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May 5, 2020