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Google and Microsoft Among 48 Recruiters at iExpo 2016

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The American Express recruitment team at iExpo 2016.

Google and Microsoft Among 48 Recruiters at iExpo 2016

Feb. 17, 2016
Hundreds of UA engineering and computer science majors attended iExpo to get their foot in the door with Google, Microsoft, L-3 Communications, Epic, Raytheon and many other companies.

On February 9, 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 5.6 million job openings, a near record high, for the most recent quarter. Some media coverage questioned whether U.S. employers’ inability to find sufficiently skilled workers -- the so-called jobs skills gap -- might be a contributing factor.

The same day, 800 engineering and computer science majors attended the 24th annual iExpo career fair on the University of Arizona campus to investigate jobs and internships at some of the nation’s top employers.

Presented by the UA Engineering Student Council, iExpo is Arizona’s largest student-run jobs fair specifically for engineering students.

Electrical engineering junior Dalton Hirst landed an interview with American Express on the spot at iExpo. “My interview went very well,” he said. “My previous internship experience at IBM overlaps with the work I would be doing for this group.” The AMEX recruitment team is pictured above.

Recruiters in the Student Union Memorial Center, including numerous UA alumni, advertised hundreds of jobs, mostly internships, for 48 companies and government agencies.

“I would say almost half of our Tucson team’s engineers are former UA students,” said Southwest Gas recruiter and distribution engineer Josh Spivey, who received his UA bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2011. Spivey advises the UA Baja Club as a former president and helps UA Engineering seniors working on design projects sponsored by Southwest Gas.

Recruiting for Microsoft was Kate Maroney, a program manager based in Seattle who received her UA bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2011. iExpo gave her a chance to catch up with her sister Kelly Maroney, who organized iExpo and is an Honors College junior majoring in systems engineering.

Kate Maroney led a Microsoft resume workshop, “From Inspiration to Reality,” the night before iExpo that was attended by around 50 students. Another popular and first-time i-Expo eve happening was Networking Night, hosted by the UA chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and attended by 12 recruiters and 50 students.

iExpo 2016 was sponsored by Rincon Research Group, Northwestern Mutual, Sandia National Laboratories, American Express, Cornerstone Environmental, AAA, Epic and ACSS.