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Neumont College of Computer Science was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, to fill the growing national demand for industry-ready technology professionals by offering bachelor’s degree in three years that immerses students in a rigorous, project-based curriculum. This blog serves as a platform to publish and share, news, reviews, and stories from Utah's best kept tech secret. 

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Neumont Capstone Projects: Sports Data Analytics by Josh Little

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Each quarter, students across all five bachelor's degree programs at Neumont College of Computer Science present their Capstone Project. This penultimate project demonstrates each student's ability to conceive, plan, develop, and present a technology-focused project in only 10 weeks. 

This week we're featuring Bachelor of Science in Business Operations and Technology Management Senior Josh Little for his project that brought together his passion for sports and his aptitude for technology as he developed a cloud-based data warehouse for data analytics using public data from the NFL. 

Student Josh Little at Neumont's 2015 Annual Fall Foam Massive at Library Square. 

Student Josh Little at Neumont's 2015 Annual Fall Foam Massive at Library Square. 

A Las Vegas, Nevada native, Josh came to Neumont after working for a few years and recognizing that he wanted a more stable career path. Josh plays ultimate Frisbee, manages a gaming channel, and runs a fantasy football league in addition to being an avid fan of football and hockey. 

After majoring in Technology Management, Josh settled on expanding his skills in data analytics through Capstone to show high-level football organizations the value of his skills and data management.

"This project serves a need rather than solving a problem by providing a way to store, operate, and visualize massive amounts of data in a way that makes sense and is usable," said Josh describing the purpose of his project. 

Developing a project, Josh would be proud to put his name on was a challenge to find a way to bring together sports and technology. He said, "I decided to create something that would marry my aptitude for technology with my passion for sports and carve out my own little niche in the tech world."

One of the most challenging aspects of any Capstone Project (especially one like this) is solving problems without any direction. Josh created his own system of self-evaluation to determine the best solution to problems he faced. 

Josh Little (back, middle) helped mentor first-year students during his sophomore year at Neumont as a Peer Leader. 

Josh Little (back, middle) helped mentor first-year students during his sophomore year at Neumont as a Peer Leader. 

He also found it rewarding to create a project he was deeply passionate about. "First and foremost, I felt good about myself even when I didn't know where I was going during this project," he said. The project ultimately opened up new opportunities for Josh and he is now completing an Enterprise Project with University of Utah Football Director of Sports Science Ernest Rimer.

"I have a skill set that I’ve been honing and still have room to grow; I have an ability to self-motivate and self-direct; and I have an Enterprise project to work on that I feel incredibly passionate about and excited for," said Josh when asked about his senior year. 

Josh thanks his dad, Ken Little for helping him find the courage to persevere and continue his education in technology despite worries that there may not be a place for a sports guy in tech. Ken helped Josh evaluate his passions and chase those goals regardless of his degree. "Time has proven him right," he said. "It turns out there will always be room for me in places that I am willing to make it." 

 

Student Spotlight: Florence Hernandez

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Florence Hernandez lives with a constant smile on her face. Some have even wagered she sleeps in a perma-grin. Her enthusiasm and positivity, coupled with a tenacious love for programming that earned her the votes as Neumont University’s first female class President.

 Whether taking votes at Project Showcase, programming her heart out, or giving a television interview to the press about the new Eccles Theater adjacent to Neumont, Florence is a joyous force to be reckoned with. She hails from North Richland Hills, Texas and is in her second year at Neumont.

We caught up with Florence over email to find a little more about her passion for java, project-based learning and desserts.

NU: First off, how much programming experience did you have prior to coming to Neumont?

FH: Before I came to Neumont, I took a year of computer science at Birdville High School. My teacher, Mr. Dix, was excellent and really pushed me to understand code. He could see my passion for it, and I am thankful that he started me on my path to coding success.

NU: And your favorite programming language?

FH: My favorite programming language is definitely Java! I'm a java baby—I started with it and it never stops being interesting.

NU: What’s a project you’ve enjoyed most during your time at Neumont?

FH: The project I enjoyed the most was when I was in my Second Quarter, it was a four person project for object-oriented programming. I was working with my friends: Brandon, AJ, and Nate, and we made a Binding of Isaac Calculator that allowed you to select your character, items, and other collectibles to calculate your damage. I learned A LOT of Java, and how to collaborate in a team. It was really fun and great time. 10/10!

NU: What has been the most surprising thing about your Neumont experience?

FH: The amount of friends that I made as soon as I came here. I was really afraid that being a girl would make people avoid me and dislike me because. This isn't really known as a woman's place. But everything worked out, and I have tons of friends and peers that respect me and my work.

NU: Tell us a tech trend you’re interested in and why.

FH: I'm not really too focused on one tech trend, but I guess I am really involved with any kind of video game news, releases, updates, watching videos of them, what have you. I eat, sleep, and breathe video games so keeping up with them is only natural. 

NU. Finish this sentence: “While attending Neumont, I’ve experienced…”

FH. While attending Neumont, I’ve experienced, independent and project leadership skills, along with collaboration on an industry level.

NU: And looking towards the future: what's your dream job? 

FH: My dream job for my career is to work at Google. However, I would like to be an entrepreneur and open my own coding bakery, kind of like a Starbucks but for coders and with tons of desserts.

[This interview has been edited for clarity.]