Engineering IT Fall Semester Brownbag Series

Engineering IT extends a welcome to our new faculty, staff, and students this fall semester, as well as to our returning colleagues and students. We look forward to partnering with you to provide the support and resources that you need.

To start off the academic year, Engineering IT is excited to offer 12 brownbag lunch-hour sessions (every Tuesday and Thursday) covering a wide range of Information Technology topics of popular interest to various audiences of the College of Engineering. While there is a recommended/targeted audience for each session, anyone in Engineering is welcomed to attend.

Capacity is limited, register for the sessions early.

IT Services Overview: Engineering IT and Campus

October 6, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

Have you ever thought your IT Pro was a superstar? Have you ever wondered just how they do it? We certainly have, so we've asked the questions and gotten the answers. Come and share an hour with us over lunch, and learn more than you ever thought you wanted to know about how your IT Pro manages to get so many things done. Spoiler alert: your IT Pro is not alone!

Recommended for: Staff, Faculty
Presenters: Mark Hart, Dave Mussulman
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Research IT Support Contracts and You!

October 8, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

An overview of what a research contract can provide for your research group and graduate research assistants, as well as steps to buy-in for support and the costs involved.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad students
Presenters: Stu Turner
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Using Skype for Business

October 13, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

During this presentation, we will cover many of Skype for Business's updated features and how they have changed appearances. We will provide an update on what is to come this year, including new clients for MAC and possibly a new Web app. We will show the various layouts and the added meeting features along with a much easier way to transfer calls. We will take you through the ins and outs of the new and improved Skype for Business. Following all of this, we will provide a demo at the end.

Recommended for: Staff, Faculty, Grad Students
Presenters: Gavin Flure , Melissa Whitt
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Purchasing: Hardware and Software on Campus

October 15, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

This presentation will cover how Engineering IT can help you in your purchase and installation of computer hardware and software. In the first part, we will go over how to find available software in the Webstore, the differences among licenses, and how to install software. In the second part of the presentation, we will cover the benefits of going through Engineering IT to purchase new computers. We can help you find the best equipment for your needs as well as point out potential pitfalls in equipment purchases.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad Students
Presenters: Palmer Buss, Brian Lee
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Using Outlook to Manage Email and Calendaring

October 20, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

This is an introductory presentation on how you can effectively use Microsoft Outlook to manage email and calendars. We include tips on how to organize your email, how to customize your settings, how to collaborate with others, and how share your Exchange calendar.

Recommended for: Staff
Presenters: Laurie O'Dear , Jason Smith, Melissa Whitt
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File Service: Options, Backups and Best Practices

October 22, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
Deere Pavilion, 2005 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

This presentation will provide an introduction to the different options for file storage and backup services available on campus. Topics will include Crashplan, Jabs, and research storage.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad students
Presenters: Jason Smith, Gavin Flure , Glen Rundblom
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IT Security: Protecting Your Systems on Campus

October 27, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

This presentation will cover basic computer security. We will cover basic terminology and provide recommendations for best practices for protecting your computer, both at work and at home.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad students, Staff
Presenters: Palmer Buss, Brian Lee, Mark Hart
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An Introduction to High Performance Computing

October 29, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

Using the Campus Cluster, or any cluster technology, can be a daunting task. The vocabulary alone is an enormous barrier to entry. This session will demystify cluster technologies, in general, and serve as an introduction to the Illinois Campus Cluster and as a starting point for further discussions and research opportunities.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad students
Presenters: Mark Hart, Gianni Pezzarossi
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Wireless Networking Clinic

November 3, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

This brown bag session will provide an overview of the wireless networks available on campus and make recommendations for which network to use in different situations. After a brief presentation, there will be a hands-on clinic where Engineering IT Pros will help set up your wireless devices. BYOD, and make a connection with Engineering IT!

Recommended for: Faculty, Staff, Grad students
Presenters: Irene Sakellarakis , Kyle Mabry, Jason Yoon
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Research Group Access Control: Using the Portal Groups Tool

November 5, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
Deere Pavilion, 2005 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

This session will provide an overview of research personnel portal groups. We will cover how the Portal Groups Tool can be used and how it can benefit research groups. In addition, we will provide instructions on how research groups can use this tool to manage access for their group members.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad Students
Presenters: Sal Belahi
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Engineering Managed Linux Environment

November 10, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
2405 Siebel Center

Engineering Managed Linux is a stable enterprise-grade Linux environment that can relieve you of system administration. This presentation will highlight the benefits and features of using the Engineering Linux.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad students
Presenters: Glen Rundblom , Mike Marks, Gianni Pezzarossi
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Data Center Shared Services

November 17, 2015; 12:00pm-1:00pm
3405 Siebel Center

Data Center Shared Services (DCSS), a campus-level initiative, provides high-quality shared data center facilities for your servers. This session will present the features of the DCSS and how you and your research group can benefit by having DCSS operate and maintain your servers.

Recommended for: Faculty, Grad students
Presenters: Glen Rundblom , Mike Marks, Gianni Pezzarossi
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