Information Technology Projects Course

Summary

NYU's Information Technology Projects course has operated since Professor Goldberg created it in 1995. Under his direction and management, the course grew to become the capstone course of NYU's Master of Science in Information Systems program.

Thus far, the Projects course has trained over 350 students in about 100 projects.

Students and clients regularly praise the course's benefits. Students consistently extol the value of the project management, communications and software design and development skills they obtained. Clients value the work product they receive from the course, and the relationships they establish with the university and its students, who they view as potential hires. Many clients repeatedly demonstrated this value by sponsoring numerous projects.

Beginning in 1996, in response to funding challenges in the Computer Science department, Professor Goldberg devised and executed a plan to raise money from Projects course clients. This effort raised significant funding for the CS department.

Although Professor Goldberg has left NYU in 2006, the course continues to thrive. In fact, the department has expanded the end-of-semester demonstration show which Prof. Goldberg originated to include many other courses in a showcase each semester.

Description

For students, the IT Projects course teaches IT project management skills, and, uniquely, offers them an opportunity to practice these skills in a real-world IT environment. The practical training enables the professor to give students feedback on their performance in this environment. Such feedback often teaches lessons that cannot otherwise be obtained.

For clients, the IT Projects course offers a unique opportunity for firms (and other kinds of organizations, such as government agencies and non-profits) to explore advanced technological solutions. Many IT Projects clients have utilized the student team and professor to evaluate a new technology that might solve a critical problem. The evaluation typically takes one of a few different forms: investigate and test software products, design and build a prototype solution, analyze trends in the marketplace.

A recent syllabus provides a detailed description of the course.

Projects

Under Prof. Goldberg, the Projects course executed almost a hundred projects at dozens of distinct clients. This table enumerates the projects executed since 2000.

Semester

Client

Project

Spring 2007

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Select and Install Open Source System Monitoring Software

Spring 2007

EDGAR Online

Develop a Proof of Concept for Extracting Information from SEC Filings

Spring 2007

NYU Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program

Design and Prototype a System for Maintaining CSTEP Student Demographic and Financial Data

Fall 2006

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Select Asset Management Software for Digitized Artifacts

Fall 2006

Deutsche Bank

Help Adopt a Service Oriented Architecture with Oracle's BPEL Process Manager

Fall 2006

Deutsche Bank

Design an analytical database application architecture for producing corporate real estate business intelligence

Spring 2006

Citigroup

Design and Prototype an Excel Add-in that Accesses Time Series Analytics

Spring 2006

NYU Higher Education Opportunity Program

Design and Prototype a System to Identify Students Eligible for the Higher Education Opportunity Program

Spring 2006

Sanford C. Bernstein & Co

Design and Prototype a User Interface for the Algorithmic Trading Product Suite

Spring 2006

Wiley

Comprehensive user test of new learning functionality in WileyPLUS

Fall 2005

Bank of America

Investigate and Evaluate the Benefits and Risks of Using Open Source Software

Fall 2005

Deutsche Bank

Design and develop a web-based interface for the New York Inter-Unit Clearing Function

Fall 2005

MetLife

Design and prototype internationalized portal for multiple devices using WebSphere Portal Server and Vignette 7

Spring 2005

Bank of America

Application Portfolio Management: Best Practice Identification, Tool Review, and Next Step Recommendations

Spring 2005

Citigroup

Design and Prototype a Reference Corporate Names Database

Spring 2005

Morgan Stanley

Prototype A Generalized Testing Framework

Spring 2005

New York Academy of Medicine

Produce a Business Plan and Grant Proposal(s) for a Web Site for the Edwin Smith Papyrus

Fall 2004

Medidata

Prototype An Internal Company Portal in Microsoft Sharepoint

Fall 2004

Lehman Brothers

Design and Prototype a Search Tool

Fall 2004

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Develop a Redesign of the UNOPS Intranet Using Microsoft Sharepoint

Spring 2004

The Blackstone Group

Management of Hedge Fund Investment Data

Spring 2004

MetLife

Experimental JSR 168 Compliant Portlet Applications

Spring 2004

Moody’s Investors Service

Prototype a Billings Modeling Engine

Spring 2004

MIO Partners

Design and Prototype a Private Equity Fund Data Management System

Fall 2003

New York Academy of Medicine

Select Grant Management and Accounting Software

Fall 2003

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Analyze Technical Operations Systems

Fall 2003

Prof. Dan Melamed, NYU Computer Science Department

Build a system for collecting parallel texts from the Web

Spring 2003

New York Academy of Medicine, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies

Develop a Social Service Organization Web Site and Database

Spring 2003

Information Builders, Inc.

Web Site Usage Analysis System

Spring 2003

Morgan Stanley

XBRL Taxonomy Schema and Document Processor

Fall 2002

Adolescent Health Center of the Mount Sinai Medical Center

Select an Electronic Medical Record System

Fall 2002

HotDocs Professional Services

Specify and Prototype a Client and Prospect Communication Tracking System

Fall 2002

Vindigo

Analyze Server Capacity

Spring 2002

Membership.com

Design and Prototype a Membership Portal

Spring 2002

New York Academy of Medicine, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies

Web Search Interface to A Social Service Database

Spring 2002

NYU Computer Science Department

Graduate Student Database

Spring 2002

NYU Stern School Of Business

Select Tool(s) for Obtaining Reports From Multiple Databases

Spring 2002

NYU Stern School Of Business

Evaluate Tools for Developing Wireless PDA Applications

Fall 2001

BCorner

Product/Service Search Engine

Fall 2001

Information Builders, Inc.

Analyze phone bill records

Fall 2001

New York City Board of Education

Web site to Help Students and Parents a Select High School

Fall 2001

Wiley

Web-based Presentation Management System

Fall 2000

Data Downlink

The 'Data Populator', a Database Merge Tool

Fall 2000

E*Resourcez

Jobs Bulletin Board

Fall 2000

Entrust

XML Security Access Control

Fall 2000

Home Box Office

XML Data Dictionary

Fall 2000

Home Box Office

Demonstration Subscription and Pay-per-View Internet Product

Spring 2000

agency.com

Adaptation of Market Data Visualizer for Viewing Internal Survey Data

Spring 2000

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Develop Process and Tools for Rapid Web Site Development Pilot Site: XtremeFX

Spring 2000

Deutsche Bank

Web-based Ad-hoc Query Tool for Fixed Income Controllers

Spring 2000

Deutsche Bank

Web and Email Confirmation of Financial Transactions

Spring 2000

USWeb/CKS (then marchFirst)

Project Management Extranet