Selected Work Projects:
- Access and Identity Management:
UPDATE 28-MARCH-2015: We are LIVE with Trident HE (by Aegis Identity)!
We still have plenty of work to do, but our initial implementation (version .75)
was live in March 2015. Just it time for our incoming Fall 2015 students!
Plenty of work still to do...
Oct 2014 - Mar 2015: We are in the process of implementing a new campus Identity and Access Management
(sometimes called IDM or IdAM) system. This makes me happy! Along with the system
administrators for the different Mines computer systems, I currently handle many
aspects of computer account management. And I'm on our implementation team for
the new system. (See my UDBng entry under Previous Work Projects.)
The new system will automate loads of processes -- many of which are done manually
by a wide range of CCIT staff members. The system will use inputs from the campus
Enterprise systems (Banner) and help CCIT manage all sorts of aspects of campus
computer accounts: account creation (it's called "provisioning", in the lingo),
account claim, resource lifecyle provisioning/deprovisioning, and account
cleanup/de-provisioning. Theoretically, this will free up CCIT staff time to be
able do other projects on the ever-growing campus IT wish list.
Previous Work Project:
(campus portal) Support and Development:
The current campus portal uses Luminis 4 software from Ellucian (they also make
the Banner system software). I work on application/server administration, user
support, and application development. (Luminis 4 is near end-of-life, so we're
not doing too much application development anymore.)
- User DataBase Project (UDBng):
The UDBng Project is part of the larger campus Identity Management issue. With
Identity Management, we need to know who is on campus and what campus roles a
person has. With the UDBng Project we are concerned with campus computer
account management... who are you, what is your campus username and to which
resources are you entitled use. I have a few different roles here... one is as
the project facilitator and another is as one of the technical developers. A lot
of campus systems and support staff are involved here. You might say that the
project involves first detangling a big ball of data and data systems that are stuck
together with a hot glue gun and bound by duct tape and baling wire, and then
connecting some of the old parts with new systems and data in an orderly fashion.
Most campus computer users don't know that this project exists, but it is an
important part of our infrastructure.
- Mines Help Center
Support and Development:
The Mines Help Center (MHC) was developed to help centralize many campus support
functions. MHC runs on Footprints from BMC Software. I maintained the
interfaces for customers and agents, and helped develop the overall MHC system.
If you have suggestions or comments that may help improve the Mines Help Center,
please submit them via the MHC at http://helpdesk.mines.edu/.
Personal Info & Links:
- Peace Corps: I am a returned
Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). My husband and I were Peace Corps Volunteers in Zambia from
2003 to 2005. We helped subsistence farmers incorporate low-cost, sustainable fresh water fish farming
(Oreochromis niloticus) into their existing farming practices. Like all other current Peace
Corps Volunteers, we also incorporated HIV/AIDs education into our work. Besides helping
some farmers to double their yearly income and increase protein availability, I learned a lot
about the world and myself. Being a Peace Corps Volunteer changed my perspective on life
and what it means to be a good world citizen. I plan to become a Peace Corps Volunteer
again a few years down the line. Peace Corps' "3rd Goal" is to share our stories and
experiences with others. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in becoming a
Peace Corps Volunteer or want to learn more about Peace Corps.
Look for us at the Peace Corps booth at Career Day and for
Peace Corps week events (typically first week of September and March).
- One Laptop Per Child Project: This is a
cool project... and cool laptops. I hope it takes off. It'd be great if OLPC and Peace Corps collaborated here.
Currently each country that participates, decides on how to deploy and train students and teachers to use the laptops.
Next time I'm a Peace Corps Volunteer, I'd like to work on a digital divide project.