I joined the Research Information Technology Solutions (RITS) Department in February 2015 as the Office and Program Administrator, providing administrative support to the department for 16 months. During that time, I have learned how Data Management processes and Project Management processes worked, including creating administrative processes that worked for the RITS Department. As the administrator, I was tasked with hiring students for the RITS internship programs. I made connections and networked with many colleges and universities, including some Libraries. These connections will help with outreach for hiring interns going forward. The rotations for the programs were always changing and it was hard to get to know the people that were hired as some of them were only here for a short time. ... Read more about Esther Simmons
I joined RITS as the Program Coordinator when I had just started my Junior Year at Wentworth Institute of Technology. My responsibilities include coordination of defined initiatives, RITS service chargebacks, RITS HR functions, and support for meetings and events. Some of my other tasks include coordination of RITS Procurement functions, data organization, and communication support for: project-related notifications, information gathering, data collection, websites and wiki content. I highly recommend working at RITS because it’s an amazing department to work for especially when each of the mentors are always willing to help out.
I joined RITS as a JDSA intern in July 2017 as a part of my Co-op program at Northeastern University, where I am pursuing Master’s degree in Information Systems. At RITS, I assist various research teams in the transfer and management of their data in the cloud infrastructure. I am responsible for assisting my mentor, James Weatherell, in maintaining Amazon Web Service components such as VPCs, IAM roles and permissions. As an intern, I am learning and developing new tools to automate, administer and monitor enterprise processes. I am also learning and using the cloud infrastructure to simplify deployments and control costs. I aim to use my academic skills to make a positive difference here at RITS.
I became a part of the RITS team while attending the Masters in Library and Information Science program at Simmons College, where I had an academic concentration in Information Science and Technology. This internship is an amazing opportunity to learn about data management, and the biomedical research environment.
During my time as a Research Data Management Intern, I focused on database redesign, small scale workflow automation, and researcher workflow analysis. My outside interests include a wide variety of topics related to strategic process improvement and technology.
As a newly minted information professional, RITS was a perfect opportunity to enter the world of data management and information science. As soon as I began working at RITS as an intern, I dove straight into real-world applications and approaches to data management. Attending outreach meetings, responding to inquiries, and working on multiple data management related projects provided me with the chance to grow as a professional. It also allowed me to ease into the role of Research Data Management Analyst. That’s what I loved the most about RITS - there is a huge potential to take on new projects and responsibilities.
There is always something new to learn in the world of data management, but this work experience provided me with a solid foundation in data management, project management, and working in information technology. Aside from career enrichment, RITS also provides a supportive environment that encourages team members to share their thoughts, opinions, and ideas. I truly enjoyed my time at RITS.
Ajit Manuel is the project management intern for RITS. He is an electronics and communication engineer, looking to hone his business acumen to complement his technical skills, through the Engineering management program at Northeastern University. He is a passionate and aspiring project manager who currently aids the RITS project management team on all phases of the project lifecycle from inception to execution.
Prem joined RITS as a part of the Genetics Migration Team and contributed greatly to the RITS team for the last 14 months. Prem was responsible for the operation of all of Genetics’ and BPF’s Interim services. Along with the data-to-day operation and administration of servers and tape backup, Prem participated in every migration project; even handling some, like Dymecki Lab Wiki largely on his own. He also assisted with the implementation of the Configuration Management Tool- Puppet.
I had an internship from January to June 2016 with the RITS team as a Northeastern University undergraduate. I worked in the Klein Lab in the Systems Biology Department, and had a great experience. Although my day-to-day work took place in that lab, I had full support from RITS, who made the process very smooth. RITS also gave me the freedom to pursue my interests in addition to helping the HMS researchers. My great experience at HMS in 2016 is thanks to RITS, and I highly recommend the Northeastern co-op/internship.
Morgan came to RITS in 2015 as the first intern of the program. Morgan worked as a project management intern to coordinate the development of a project management framework for RITS as well as aiding in the development of scoping and researching the first RITS projects. Morgan graduated in 2016 with a bachelors of Management Engineering from WPI. ... Read more about Morgan Hopeman
Tisha assists the Research Data Manager with providing support to HMS researchers in the management of their research data throughout its lifecycle. She is a graduate student from the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Tisha also works at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as a Circulation Manager. Her interests are in equitable access, data management, metadata, and information literacy.
Edward Blewett served as Interim Project Manager before moving to a position within the Infrastructure Operations department. His background skills include project management, online learning, and development.
I was the research data management intern for the RITS department in the summer of 2016. I enjoyed this experience immensely due to the wonderful people and the work they were doing. The atmosphere in the RITS office was always upbeat and everyone was interested in helping each other for both individual and team success. As an intern, the focus was on me learning about the field as much as it was on me contributing my expertise. The department's objective when working with the Harvard Medical School researchers always seemed to be to figure out how we could help them reach their goals, which was a mindset I admired. I definitely recommend working for and with this department.
Working with the RITS team was a great experience. There were always exciting projects to be working on to optimize the workflow of the researchers. Mason and James are smart, supporting leaders who are always available to support you with anything you may need and are always open to feedback on how the team can do better and how can we more efficiently help researchers.
Amogh serves as the Technical Outreach Coordinator for RITS. He outreaches to laboratories at Harvard Medical School in order to identify the technological gaps facing our biomedical researchers and to aid in identifying appropriate solutions. Amogh takes great interest in the new age evolution of biomedicine through advances in applied technology, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. Amogh also leads the Birthright Foundation a non-profit organization which aims to reduce the maternal mortality rate in India.
The Project Management Co-op opportunity at Research IT Solutions was an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience. It gave me the opportunity to work hands on with many different projects that helped to broaden my experience as a Project Manager. It is a wonderful learning experience that puts you beside people who have valuable advice and industry information to offer. The RITS team allowed me to work on real projects in which my work was directly contributing and helping my project team. Along with that, I also got an opportunity to manage my own project which enhanced my learnings on how to manage a project, project team, clients, stakeholders and the conflicts that arise during a project. If you’re looking for real world experience I definitely recommend this Project Management Co-op!