Originally published on May 19th, 2016, at the Mainstreet Creative Space ICS 698 discussion board on Blackboard for Dr. Gillette's ICS 698 Research & Development Management + Technology Leadership = Global Advantage. ICS 698 is a 5-week capstone seminar for the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University (BSU)
Hi, my name is Abraham Alexander Schreier but you probably know me as just Abe. I am a summer 2016 Master of Science candidate in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University. I served as the Web Management Graduate Assistant for the BSU Sponsored Projects Administration from fall 2014 to spring 2016. This is my second masters, as I am concurrently completing a Master of Arts in History at Ball State University with a focus on Digital History Methodology.
My undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science degrees were received from Indiana University – Bloomington in summer 2012. Before coming to Ball State I interned at the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance in beautiful Alexandria, VA and the US Senate Offices of Richard G. Lugar (R-IN) and John Barrasso (R-WY). While on Capitol Hill, I came into extensive contact with telecommunications issues, particularly Rural Broadband, which spiked my interest in Information and Communication Sciences. As a CICS student, I have had the opportunity to co-win the Accenture Challenge in the fall of 2015 for my group’s Cloud Data Center RFP and in Spring 2016 I worked with Dr. Ron Kovac and his client the Youth Opportunity Center of Muncie to implement a Network Micro-segmentation Upgrade.
As a visionary INTP personality, I have always considered Research & Development to be a very likely route for my career. Although overall technological progress has begun to plateau, the Information Renaissance of the last 50 years has produced the Internet of Things. The next decade of IT will largely revolve around integrating IoT into one’s life, education, and workplace. The combination of my non-traditional analytic background and the technical experience gained from CICS is an asset for companies seeking to make this transition.