Morris Computer Science Graduates
Approximately 50 percent of the computer science Morris graduates have pursued graduate or professional school training. Annually, approximately 27% of computer science graduates use their undergraduate major as a springboard for direct entry into graduate/professional schools.
Popular graduate/professional school programs of Morris alumni:
- Artificial intelligence
- Business administration
- Computer engineering
- Computer graphics
- Computer science
- Database systems
- Electrical engineering
- Graph theory
- Programming languages
- Real time systems
- Software engineering
- Virtual reality
University of Minnesota, Morris computer science alumni have completed graduate/professional degrees at many well-known and respected universities, including:
The alumni in the picture above all came back to UMM to help out with the 39th Annual Midwestern Instruction and Computer Symposium, which was hosted at UMM in 2004. They are from left to right: Marty Wolff ’85 (Bemidji State University), Wendy DeRung ’90 (University of Minnesota Morris), Tom Halvorsen ’90 (Dakota State University) and Kris Nelson ’97 (US Bank).
After a formal search of external and internal candidates, Fred Dickson emerged as the individual best suited to lead our IT organization for the future,said Colleen Reitan, Blue Cross executive vice president, operations. Dickson has been instrumental in leading Blue Cross efforts to bring on-line access and tools for our members, providers and sales agents, new approaches to data and information management and new tools for key operational areas to perform their functions more efficiently.
Dickson, who has been a Blue Cross employee since 1999, has 20 years of experience in information systems with Blue Cross, The Pillsbury Company and Prudential Insurance Company. He most recently served as vice president, customer relationship management systems and technology for Blue Cross. In that role, he was responsible for leading and directing the efforts that support the company's front-office (ebusiness) applications, analytics system and the technology disciplines of architecture, systems engineering, data management and capacity planning for all platforms.
He holds a bachelors degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Minnesota, Morris and has completed the Executive Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas. He is a board member of Sabathani Community Center, Minneapolis, and a member of the newly formed Eagan Technology Task Force.
Brent Heeringa ’99
I am a graduate student in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I am finishing my final year of study. I work with Prof. Micah Adler on combinatorial optimization problems with applications to the organization of information. This past year I taught the Theory of Computation and Algorithm Design at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.