2021-07-21 Careers - Riding the Rapids of Change

Careers: Riding the Rapids of Change

Panel Discussion

Moderator, Bruce Montes of Loyola University

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT

Online Event


Admission: Free, General Admission, open to the public, registration required.

How do we thrive, rather than just survive, in a field of work that constantly pushes ahead in new directions? To try to answer that question this meeting opens the “floor” where everyone can talk about:

• How to stay relevant,

• Adapting to change in technology and organizations,

• Using social and professional networks,

• And when to make a total career change

The meeting will feature our moderator, Bruce Montes of Loyola University, along with a panel of past Chicago ACM speakers.

We’re looking to your participation in this event that effects everyone many times during their careers.

About the Moderator:

Bruce Montes is a lecturer at Loyola University Chicago. He teaches graduate and undergraduate technology and ethics courses for the Computer Science Department, The School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the School of Communication.

Over the last 44+ years, Bruce has held technology positions in several areas from technician to director. As Asst. Vice President for Academic Technology Services, he worked with Academic leadership at the University to assess and adopt technology. As a senior IT leader Bruce led technology projects, initiatives, and support for infrastructure services, application development and academic technologies.

While focusing on information technologies and education during his entire working career, Bruce experienced several transitions in roles, responsibilities, and leadership. His most recent transition to teaching exclusively has permitted him to dedicate more time to helping others shape their own education and careers and contribute to professional organizations.

In addition to the ACM, Bruce is an active member in Educause, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology, and in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).

Meet our panel, who are all past presenters for the Chicago ACM

Maria Patterson, 2016 Big Data and Science https://www.meetup.com/acm-chicago/events/231354888/).

Originally an Astronomer her research led to working with large scientific data in the cloud. Maria is a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, U.S. Department of Labor’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence and AI subject matter expert, formerly with High Alpha Innovation, Univ. of Washington, and Univ. of Chicago.

Jeff Solin, February 2021 (https://www.meetup.com/acm-chicago/events/275719496/), Computer Science Teacher at Lane Tech High School Chicago, National Aspirations in Computing Award Winner. Jeff’s talk described managing a large maker team of students that completed the Community Area Map Project (CAMP), a follow up to the Chicago Flag Mosaic Project which is installed at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Nate Nichols, May 2021 ( https://www.meetup.com/acm-chicago/events/277629843/), Chief Scientist Narrative Science, creators of “Lexio”. Nate talked about the current shortcomings of BI dashboards and how Natural Language Processing provides the last mile of data understanding.

Teri Grossheim, June 2021 (https://www.meetup.com/acm-chicago/events/278285238/),

Booz Allen Hamilton, United Airlines, DePaul University. Her talk covered the convergence of Digital Signal Processing and Cloud Technology, Teri has a background in companies and organizations of all sizes.


(Times are Central Standard Time)

6:00pm - Brief Introductions

6:05pm - Careers Event

7:00pm - End


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