Navigating Careers in Applied Computing: Insights from Industry Experts

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Join the conversation as computing professionals discuss current industry trends, share career experiences, and explore career opportunities.

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Navigating Careers in Applied Computing: Insights from Industry Experts

You’ll hear from a diverse group of passionate, seasoned tech industry professionals as they discuss the value of applied computing expertise in today’s workforce. Our panel will share details about their own career journeys and offer advice about advancement to help you chart your own career path. Join the conversation on Wednesday, October 18 from 12-1 p.m. CST.

Specific topics include: 

  • Evaluating the current tech career landscape—what do employers expect of today’s tech professionals? 
  • Discussing the future of the field—how is applied computing instrumental to business environments ? How can you best position your career for continued growth?
  • Exploring career pathways into applied computing—panelists share career experiences and offer advice



Samantha Thompson | Developer at J.J. Keller & Associates

Samantha Thompson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Applied Computing bachelors program. She completed her degree while working full time at J.J. Keller. She credits her degree with expanding her skills and advancing her role at the company. She oversees website and mobile app development.



Brandon Ward | Manager, Data Science and AI/Automation, UW Health

Brandon Ward is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Applied Mathematics. In his current role, he manages a core group of data scientists and machine learning engineers, while driving forward Machine Learning, NLP, RPA, and emerging technologies initiatives. 



Daniel Meighan | Senior Programmer Analyst at the City of Green Bay

Daniel Meighen graduated from UW–Green Bay with a degree in Computer Science and from UW–Stout with a Master’s in Information and Communication Technology. As a Senior Programmer Analyst his primary focus is enterprise business analysis and full-stack development solutions. Much of his work has included financial systems, GIS development and integration, document management systems, workflow automation, and third-party software integrations. He also teaches courses for Rasmussen University’s School of Technology and has contributed to curriculum development.


Carl Schweitzer | Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft

Schweitzer graduated from UW–Green Bay with a degree in computer science. As an engineer, he works with some of Microsoft’s largest partners, advising and enabling them to ship new products and features to the cloud even faster. Schweitzer has 2 decades of experience in manufacturing and over 10 years of experience in building IoT applications. In addition to his professional experience, he speaks at local and regional software engineering conferences, and assists with running the Northeast Wisconsin Developers User Group and the Milwaukee Code Camp. He also volunteers at his local high school teaching Computer Science.

Webinar Hosts


Jennifer Cox | University of Wisconsin Extended Campus 

Jennifer Cox is the Academic Program Manager at University of Wisconsin Extended Campus for the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing and Master of Science in Data Science degree programs, coordinating the administrative support in marketing, recruitment, student services, learning technologies, and more with faculty across five UW campuses. Jennifer also establishes program connections with industry leaders and is passionate about industry collaboration in higher education. 


Jenna Lassila | University of Wisconsin Extended Campus

Jenna Lassila is a Success Coach at the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus for the online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing program, supporting and advocating for students from the five UW partner campuses. Jenna monitors student academic progress and regularly communicates with each student, intervening as appropriate to assist those who may be having difficulty. Prior to her role at University of Wisconsin Extended Campus, Jenna worked for 15 years in education, beginning her career as a high school teacher and serving in her most recent role as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising for the College of Engineering at Marquette University. Jenna has a great appreciation for adult students’ commitments outside the classroom, so she takes care to support them from a wholistic perspective, knowing that sometimes people just need someone to listen and understand what they are going through.

This webinar is presented by the University of Wisconsin online Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing.

Earn a degree in a flexible, online format that fits your life.

Learn how to bridge computer science, business strategy, and information technology in a flexible, online format with the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing. Courses are designed and taught by distinguished University of Wisconsin faculty who contribute diverse expertise from fields including information systems, business administration, communications, and computing. Gain the skills you need to further your tech career.

Because the applied computing program was designed with working adults in mind, skills are combined and taught in the same way professionals utilize them day-to-day in the workplace. With the capstone course, you’ll get a chance to apply your knowledge to a real-world project, giving you the practical experience employers will notice. This applied program will teach you current technologies, as well as the techniques you need to successfully learn future technology systems to keep you ahead of the IT curve.

Upon graduation, you will be well prepared for roles in organizations public and private, in virtually any industry: healthcare, computer science, information technology, retail, marketing, manufacturing, transportation, communication, education, insurance, finance, science, security, law enforcement, and more. The dual-natured curriculum focuses both on developing a strong technical foundation, as well as the nuanced professional skills required to thrive in any IT role.

The UW Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing is a collaboration among the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus and five UW campuses, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Stevens Point.