Computer Information Systems Students Win Top Awards at Regional Conference

COT AITP Student Organization

(Left to right) Lawrence Dang, Cuong Ngo, Jack Foster, Ike Katshungu, Professor Bret Detillier, Tin Van, John Lopez, Salman Butt, Eduardo Aranda, Jay Bustos and Daniel Teran. Not present for photo: Gagandeep Singh and Tahmid Mahmud

The University of Houston’s Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) Student Chapter earned top awards at the 2014 AITP Region 3 Student Conference, which this year was held October 2-4, 2014 at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. AITP's Region 3 represents over 60 university student chapters from seven states (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri).

The University of Houston was named second best overall school, with Cameron University ranking first and Missouri State University placing third.

UH students competed in various academic contests including Database Design, Java Programming, Systems Analysis and Design, Security Scenarios, PC troubleshooting, Network Design, Mobile Applications and Microsoft Office.

College of Technology student, Cuong Phu Ngo, won first place for Data Base Design; Jack Foster and Ike Katshungu as a team won the third place award out of the 40 teams that competed.

Tin Van won first place; and Tahmid Amer Mahmud and Gagan Singh as a team won second place awards for Java Programming out of the 25 teams that competed.

In addition, one student, Lawrence Dang, achieved master's level certification in the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) Information System Analysis (ISA) Exam. Master's level is usually only attained by seasoned industry professionals.

"I am very proud of our AITP Student Chapter for all of their hard work," said Bret Detillier, computer information systems professor and mentor. "It is rewarding to experience this outcome. It is a testament to the CIS faculty and all of our hard work in preparing our students," he said. Professor Detillier also expressed thanks to the College and the Information and Logistics Technology Department for their continued support. "In addition, we also want to thank Chevron, Inc. for their continued financial support of our AITP Student Chapter," he added. The students’ registration and travel expenses were reduced as result of Chevron’s contribution to AITP.