Q&A With…Jacob Waters

Jacob WatersToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Jacob Waters, a sophomore Petroleum Engineering major from Oklahoma City, Okla.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Definitely out on Dietler Commons (the Old U). If it’s a nice day out, that’s where I’ll be. Most likely in my hammock either studying or watching Netflix. Or I might be playing frisbee on the grass with my friends. It’s also the best place to watch the sunset in Tulsa.

In five words, describe your experience at TU?

Exciting, defining, memories, unique and home

Why was TU the perfect choice for you?

From the first moment I stepped foot on campus, I knew I was home. The beauty of the campus is like no other school I had ever visited. The friends and memories I have made here are ones that I know I’ll have for life. And, all the faculty members are amazing. They all truly love teaching and want each and every one of their students to succeed.

How did you decide on your petroleum engineering major?

Since I was in the 5th grade I knew I wanted to go to The University of Tulsa and I wanted to be a petroleum engineer. Why is that? It runs in the blood, I guess. Both my father and brother attended and graduated from Tulsa with degrees in petroleum engineering so I thought I would give it a shot.

What advice do you have for high school students who are deciding on which college to attend?

Go with the school where you know you can make a difference,  and then call it your home. Don’t just settle for a school. I knew TU was the place for me, and I have never once regretted my decision.

Tuesday with Tulsa: MIS Faculty Member

Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post was written by Dr. Lori Leonard, Associate Professor of MIS at The University of Tulsa. We asked her to tell us about the Management Information Systems program at TU. Here’s what she had to say…

I am often asked about the MIS program and why it is less heard of than other business programs such as accounting and finance.  My answer generally is, “when people hear the word computers, they immediately think of computer science.”  MIS is business-based, where as computer science is not.  If you like technology and business, read on to learn more about what an MIS degree can do for you.

What is the value of a Management Information Systems (MIS) degree?  MIS involves designing information systems that make the business run better and developing technological solutions that match the business needs.  That means that a fundamental understanding of business is needed along with considering the value of computer technology.  MIS is difficult to outsource because the MIS professional has to be present to interact with other business units on a daily basis in order to ensure the technology is working for them.  Since all businesses use technology, every industry needs MIS majors, which means many job opportunities!  MIS is a great major because it allows movement into different job functions as you progress through your career as well.

Why join the MIS program at TU?  The MIS program enjoys small classes with a few, dedicated faculty.  The program has approximately 45 majors which means that class sizes are anywhere between 10 and 20.  The MIS professors know each student’s name and care about the success of the students.  Students also are able to interact with the same peers in projects throughout their MIS courses.  That translates into a lot of individualized attention and hands-on interaction!

Do MIS students find internships and full-time employment?  Typically, there is 100% placement in MIS positions.  That is because there is a shortage of MIS students versus MIS positions.  This is good news for a prospective MIS student!  Not only is placement high but the average starting salary is $55,000, with some starting salaries being in the high-$60s.  Starting MIS jobs typically fall into one of three categories: (1) designing technology solutions for businesses whose core business in not technology, (2) consulting with different clients to develop and deploy solutions, or (3) providing technical sales and service support.  There are also internship opportunities.  While internships are not required for the MIS degree, many students are employed in paid summer internships that can translate into full-time positions upon completion.

How can I find out more about the MIS degree program?  The MIS faculty are always glad to discuss how MIS can fit in your future.  Call, write, or stop by anytime! Dr. Lori Leonard, lori-leonard@utulsa.edu, (918) 631-2787, Helmerich Hall, Room 313.