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Business information technology students exhibit Web software projects for businesses


Assistant professor Alan Abrahams (left) and a student review her software project. Business information technology assistant professor Alan Abrahams (left) helps students prepare their displays at the fall 2010 BIT Senior Showcase.

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 13, 2011 – Business information technology majors in the Pamplin College of Business will display their senior projects on Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 2 p.m., in the Pamplin atrium.

Billed as “[Business Information Technology] Senior Project Showcase Day,” the event will feature 40 individual and nine team Web development projects by students in the Business Analysis Seminar in [Information Technology] class taught by business information technology assistant professor Alan Abrahams this spring.

“All are welcome to stop by, meet our students, and learn about the Web software they worked on this semester,” said Abrahams. Projects on display will include websites his students built for General Electric, which is also sponsoring the event, and local businesses Rolling Fork Farm and Wild Hill Burial Boxes.

Abrahams also invites corporations or small businesses interested in submitting Web development projects for consideration as future class assignments to contact him via email or at (540) 231-5887.

“We’re proud to sponsor the showcase,” said Vishnu Thyagarajan, 
information technology program manager
 of capital markets and corporate insurance at GE. “GE has a long-standing relationship with the business information technology department,” he said, “and this event provides a great opportunity to showcase the technical and creative solutions of upcoming Virginia Tech graduates and future information technology leaders.”

Read about business information technology class projects for a local skateboard and snowboard merchant and an online job board in “Software designs to improve business,” in this spring’s Pamplin magazine.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. Pamplin emphasizes technology and analysis that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community. It is named in honor of two alumni: the late Robert B. Pamplin, retired chairman of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, author, and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr.