Making Connections

A look at some of the conferences sponsored by MET in the past year.

AAAE Conference: Top, left to right, are Jennifer Simmons (MET’12), Claire Bletz, and current MET student Julia Cuellar; middle, Dean Benjamín Juárez (BU’s College of Fine Arts); and at the bottom is Arts Administration faculty member Dan Hunter (GRS’99).
PMI founder Jim Snyder was keynote speaker at the Project Management in Practice Conference in May. Above: Jim Snyder is pictured with (left to right) Dean Halfond and conference co-chairs Vijay Kanabar and Roger Warburton.
International Investigation and Security Professionals Symposium Left to right: Arthur Murphy, member of WAD and NCISS; Thomas Jackson, a regional director for NCISS; Carolyn Ward, executive director of NCISS; Thomas Shamshak, director of the CPE Professional Investigation program.
Left to right: Ruth Ann Murray (SED'94, GRS'98, GRS'12), MET assistant dean of business development and director of CPE; and Dean Halfond.

As part of its mission, Metropolitan College fosters the exchange of ideas and a spirit of innovation that reaches beyond the classroom to the workplace, the community, or whole industries. Over the years, the College has hosted a variety of conferences, drawing upon the scholarly research, hands-on experience, and industry connections of its faculty.

“MET has pioneered several academic fields. Conferences provide opportunities to showcase this talent and leadership,” observes Dean Halfond. “Our faculty and students benefit by these exchanges and opportunities to network with their colleagues across a broad spectrum.”

Last April, MET’s Arts Administration graduate program hosted the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE) annual conference for the first time. The event—Educate, Innovate, Activate—brought together more than a hundred faculty members from over eighty arts administration programs from around the world, including Associate Professor and Director of Arts Administration Daniel Ranalli, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director Richard Maloney (MET’00), and part-time faculty members Dan Hunter (GRS’99) and Lauren O’Neal.

That same month, MET’s Department of Computer Science joined BU’s Center for Reliable Information Systems & Cyber Security (RISCS) and InfraGard Boston in co-sponsoring Mobile Devices, Security & the Cloud—a one-day professional development lecture event exploring the many factors associated with mobility and security. Among presenters from InfraGard Boston, Paraben, The Lorenzi Group, and BU’s College of Arts & Sciences were MET computer science professors Lou Chitkushev (ENG’96), and Tanya Zlateva (respectively, associate director and co-director of RISCS), along with lecturer John Day.

Following in May, the Project Management in Practice Conference—co-sponsored by MET and the Project Management Institute’s Mass Bay Chapter—focused on Agile Project Management. Held at Boston University’s Photonics Center, the conference welcomed 150 attendees (in addition to 250 virtual participants) and featured keynote speaker Jim Snyder, who—as a founder of the Project Management Institute, a fellow of the Institute, and a past volunteer executive director, president, and chairman of the board—is the major figure in the field. Other speakers included Stephen Anthony, president of Agile Infrastructure Works, along with MET’s Dean Halfond, Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences Stephen Leybourne, and Dean Tanya Zlateva. Vijay Kanabar, director of MET’s project management programs and associate professor of computer science and administrative sciences, served as panelist and conference co-chair with Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences Roger Warburton. At the conference, the Annual Project Management Education Award was presented to the City of Boston, and accepted by Vivian Leonard, the city’s director of Human Resources.

Most recently, in September, the College’s Center for Professional Education (CPE)—which offers a Certificate in Professional Investigation—joined the World Association of Detectives (WAD) and the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS) to host the Boston 2012 International Investigation and Security Professionals Symposium. The event, which corresponded with the WAD 87th Annual Conference and the NCISS 37th Annual Conference, was co-organized by Thomas Shamshak—a WAD ambassador and third vice president of NCISS, as well as program director and lead instructor for the CPE Professional Investigation program—and Chuck McLaughlin, second vice president of WAD. More than a hundred professionals convened to hear speakers such as Dr. Mary Ann Boyle, a private investigator and Certified Genealogist who teaches in CPE’s Genealogical Research program; Bob Ward, an investigative reporter for MyFox Boston News; Anthony Amore, director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and author of Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists; Tom Mauriello, who recently retired from the NSA; Dr. Clem Pellett, a former CPE Professional Investigation student who used his investigative skills to find his grandfather’s killer 40 years after the murder; and Rashid Ali Malik, former president of WAD and retired brigadier of the Pakistan Army.