Soon after joining Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), Kendra Smith (BSIS ’08, MBA student) wanted to expand her technological knowledge to include project management.
She now has that opportunity in her latest role as a task/project manager for the Fortune 500 company. Smith is leading a team of system network engineers and an enterprise lab manager to design a virtual lab for the U.S. Department of State. The online platform will be used by developers within the State Department to test their applications prior to going into live production.
A certified Project Management Professional, Smith has played a major role in overseeing IT projects for SAIC that have ranged from quick jobs to large-scale projects that take many years and several million dollars to complete.
“In my role, I can see the entire project come together from start to finish,” says Smith. “Most people only get to see one facet of a project, so for me, it’s neat to have a hand in every step.”
Smith also stresses that it is important for project managers to be interested and invested in the field in which they work. “I’ve been playing on computers since I was six years old, so being a project manager in technology is a natural fit,” Smith says. “When you enjoy what you do, it’s always fun going to work.”