IUPUI technology students tackle major imaging project for Black Friday

  • Dec. 31, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS -- Students in the Living Lab experiential learning course at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis took on a major computer imaging project for Simon Property Group, a Fortune 100 corporation, in preparation for Black Friday.

The project would have challenged the largest industry IT departments, given the number of computers, the custom nature of imaging, and the specific destination tagging and shipping that had to be completed quickly.

Joined by Living Lab staff and other student volunteers within the Computer and Information Technology Department in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, the students completed the imaging, testing, deployment and shipment of nearly 380 computers within a six-day period.

Twenty-six  people, including 12 Living Lab students, six staff and eight  Computer and Information Department volunteers worked more than 1,500 hours to complete the project.  Living Lab staff divided the work into units of unpacking and setting up computers, custom imaging each computer, and labeling and tagging each machine for its specific destination. Each computer was repackaged and shipped to individual Simon mall properties throughout the United States.

The successful completion of the project made a significant contribution toward a smooth Black Friday shopping day at Simon malls throughout the United States.

"This experience taught me a lot about project management and matching requirements,” said Nick Novotny, a graduate assistant-instructor in the Living Lab.

The Living Lab trains students to become information technology professionals by emulating their real-world IT counterparts.  Students solve problems, build faster and more effective systems, improve security and network operations, and more.

“It is an honor to be a part of the Living Lab and be able to create an experience for students that will allow them to participate as part of a corporate team,” said Connie Justice, a professor who founded the Living Lab.  “I am so thankful for the relationship that I have been able to build with Simon Property Group.”

Students receive instructions on imaging process.

Students receive instructions on imaging process.

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Richard Schneider
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