Turn On Your Future @ Swansea's School of Applied Computing : UWTSD

What is your name? My name is Jason Price.

What was your University course?
I completed two University Degrees at Swansea’s School of Applied Computing. Both my Undergraduate degree and Postgraduate Masters were in the area of Computer Networks.

What is your job title and role?
My Current role is a Systems Administrator.

Could you briefly describe the organisation you work for? 

I work for a company called Medical Connections Ltd; the company name may suggest a medical company however it is actually a software company. The company specialises in a software toolkit (API) which allow software developers with limited knowledge of DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) to cover the medical area of all types of scans ranging from ultrasound to MRI. DICOM is the standard way an image or video is created, transferred, shared, and even stored in a clinical environment. Because the standard is so vast, it makes sense for a ‘new’ DICOM developer to use a toolkit which would do all the standardisation for them, so they can concentrate on making a successful application.

Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job?

The University gave me the independence to break down tasks, and to troubleshoot in a manner which was thorough and precise. The University also gave me the knowledge to find and research in a critical way while also only looking for ‘relevant’ information and how to identify them quickly and efficiently so not to spend too much time on a ‘dead end’.

 Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it?

I’ll usually start my day by looking through email filtering to ensure customer emails have not been falsely stopped. I will then look at the Virtual Hosts to ensure clean operation and if any errors have been found then to action them appropriately. After checking all internal systems, I will then inspect / improve / action external services such as the website, license services, and cloud services. I will then check my “to do” tasks and complete as necessary, which can range from improving developer’s machines (upgrading hardware) to changing infrastructure and servers.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most?

Troubleshooting: I like finding a difficult or unusual problem and trying to find a solution or even sometimes a workaround. Sometimes the problems can test your researching skills, intuitions and/or even your patience, but always satisfying to find a solution that just works.

Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career?

Make sure that you enjoy your chosen field of study, that’s it’s not something that you only excel at, but you actually enjoy doing. For me technology has always excited and inspired me, and I’ve always loved troubleshooting and tinkering. Using things in a manner where they were not originally designed.

I would also recommend that whatever your chosen field is don’t stop at its completion, if you can  complete your professional qualifications even at the lowest level as soon as possible this will give you an edge in the job market, but also give you a boost in confidence.

Thanks to Associate Professor Nik Whitehead and BSc Computer Networks student Simon Downes who spoke in our Faculty Lunchtime Research Committee yesterday. Nik spoke about beacons (Internet of Things) and Simon spoke about environmental control via a network. Here are some photos of them in action. If you missed it and would like to catch up, students and staff can find the slides and a link to the video of the talks on Moodle.

The School are excited to have been awarded a Bronze Green Impact again this year, well done to SOAC Green Team Sue Maw, Sue Williams and Gaynor Thomas!

Student Simon Downes from BSc (Hons) Computer Networks won an award for his environmental-related project work including work on automatic temperature control for computer labs – Simon will be giving a talk at our Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar 1pm-3pm on Wed 17th May in MH503 if you’d like to know more!

Finally, Gaynor won an “Environmental Hero” award for her work in drastically reducing paper consumption in SOAC by leading the move to online module boxes (and the associated online-only submission from students for most assignments)

Well done everyone and here are some pictures! For Doctor Who fans, the awards were held in the library used in the episode “Silence in the Library” 🙂 #soachasbeensaved

This afternoon has seen another fine batch of project boards handed in at the School Office by our final year students.  Excellent work, everyone!

Our final-year students are handing in their Project Boards today. They’re tackling a fascinating range of topics this year – well done, everyone!
Don’t miss our Poster Exhibition at Tech Hub on 25th May, when you can take a closer look at their hard work.
  •  Mr. Arya Sedigh PhD student From School of Applied Computing, Computer Networks & Communications Research Group. His talk was  on a non-intrusive method to evaluate and monitor the performance of voice communications over Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
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    Thank you to Tyra and Arya for their very interesting talks today. The slides will shortly be available on Moodle under “Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars” – contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk if you are unable to access them.

Gower College students have been with us today for a taster day in various aspects of the courses we run. Today they have been learning about networking, ethical hacking and games design (algorithms and Unity).

Here are some pictures of the student in action:

We’ve had a Masterclass today with Keith Reeves from NHS about how IT Services are managed within the NHS. This is a big challenge given the size and scope of the organisation, with over 72,000 staff, 7 Health Boards and 3 Trusts, and 442 GP Practices. The NHS use the ITIL framework. The slides will be uploaded to Moodle (Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars) shortly.

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The School of Applied Computing has got together with UNSW, its counterpart down-under, to offer a limited number of paid student placements to undergraduate final years, Masters and PhD students this summer.

The work experience placements will last between 3 and 12 months, and offer a stipend of $500 per week. Start date is flexible.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in projects such as Enterprise Multi-Data Source System Integration, Data Management, Business Intelligence or Voice aided Mobile Data Entry for Automated Logistics and Supply Chain Management

INTERESTED? APPLY NOW!

For further details contact Dr Carlene Campbell on carlene.campbell@uwtsd.ac.uk

One of the School’s PhD students, Archie Watt, featured in the monthly Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar yesterday. He was presenting his work on Monitoring Coastal Erosion, a continuation of the ASTEC project undertaken in the school a few years ago. An array of wireless sensors will return data on a regular basis to monitor changes in the coast. Coastal erosion is a hot topic for the UK, with several high-profile collapses in the last few years.

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We also had a talk from Mr Steve Winkley of Tata Steel who told us about ways in which Tata Steel, and industry in general, are hoping to modernise with reference to Big Data and other technological developments.

The slides from both talks are available on Moodle under “Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars” for anyone who missed it, or wants to have another look. Thank you, Archie and Steve!

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