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Colloquium: Software Engineering in Support of National Guard Operations

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: 201 Weyandt

The National Guard Bureau plays a critical role in protecting our nation. Civil Support Teams (CSTs) of the National Guard are resources available in each state and territory of the United States whose mission is to assist civil authorities in understanding and dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incident sites. CSTs play a significant role in identifying CBRNE agents and substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with requests for additional support.

Following this colloquium, participants will be able to discuss how IUP and the IUP Research Institute developed an information management system with the ability to:

  • Share critical incident intelligence and data
  • Work collaboratively within a standards based environment
  • Monitor the completion of key operational objectives
  • Accurately record the sequence of events as they happen
  • Report to other key personnel and agencies quickly and efficiently

The Civil Support Team Information Management System (CIMS) is the product of forty months of research, development, and field testing. The software program provides a technology solution for mission coordination and management of incident operations.

Presenter Bios

Rebecca Zukowski

Ms. Zukowski is the director of the Technology Development Division at the IUP Research Institute. She received her bachelor’s degree from Carlow University, a master’s degree from Marquette University, and is currently completing a Ph.D at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has over twenty-five years experience in program management, health and human services, technology development, and the military. She has worked extensively in program operations and business development for public and private organizations. She is a former officer in the U.S. Navy and has worked extensively in a program management capacity with the Civil Support Team Information Management System.

Joel Monyok

Mr. Monyok, a senior telecommunications engineer at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute, received a B.S. degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Monyok is also a Microsoft certified professional and a CompTIA A+ certified professional. Mr. Monyok has expertise in designing and implementing network architecture for enterprise and sponsored programs. He provides expertise on data security, hardware, and software components of IUPRI’s technology development division. He plays a significant role in infrastructure development, systems administration, and maintenance/monitoring activities.

Robert Kimmel

Mr. Kimmel, a senior systems analyst at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute, received a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is currently completely an MBA at the same institution. Mr. Kimmel has experience designing, programming, and testing information systems and tactical data systems. Additional responsibilities include product testing, quality assurance, and training. Mr. Kimmel has active duty military experience and has worked extensively with the Civil Support Team Information Management System.

Marshall Leitum

Mr. Leitem, an application developer at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Research Institute, received a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Leitem has experience developing and researching information technology. His responsibilities for the Research Institute include designing, developing, and maintaining complex information systems. He has worked extensively with the Civil Support Team Information Management System.

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