SARA L. HARRIGAN                          

CAREER SUMMARY

Workforce Development and engineering professional with diverse computer engineering, management and instructional background. Proven track record in project and personnel management with strong emphasis on course development and presentation. Specific expertise includes:

 

Project Management                                        Client Relationship Management

Course Development and Presentation              Team Management

Curriculum Analysis and Design                        Strategic Plan Development

         Seminar Preparation and Presentation to Client and Government Agencies

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

University of Hartford, Hartford CT                                                                   2002-present

Adjunct Instructor, Mathematics and Computer Science

 

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington CT                                                                    2002-present

Guide

 

DeSai Systems, Bloomfield CT                                                                                                2000-2002

Director, Knowledge Management

 

Established a model Corporate University

 

Connecticut Technology Council, Hartford, CT                                                               1998-2000

Director, Workforce Development

 

Managed the development of www.CTCAREERS.com, a website dedicated to CT employment opportunities.

Organized and lead the Human Resources Executives forum for member companies.

Organized and lead the Academic Subcommittee of the CTC Board of Directors.

Organized and lead the Electronics forum for member companies

 

Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT                                                                            1996-1998

Director, Alumnae Relations

 

Organized Reunion events for a target group of 9400 hundred alumnae.

Planned and executed outreach programs for alumnae in different geographic areas.

Developed programs to target specific groups of alumnae.

Supervised staff and formulated budget.

Managed development of the Strategic Plan.

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Hartford, Hartford, CT                                         1987-2000 Computer Science Instructor, Department of Engineering and Science

 

Developed and presented courses in mathematics, data structures and software engineering.

Developed course in data structures that emphasizes object-oriented  software development.

Taught courses with other instructors via distance learning.

Achieved high enrollments and positive evaluations.

 

 

West Hartford Public Schools, West Hartford, CT                                                        1987-1992

Mathematics Department Supervisor

 

Supervised and evaluated a staff of 16 mathematics teachers.

Organized and developed curriculum for all grade levels.

Designed and implemented system-wide testing by course.

 

Chandler-Evans, West Hartford, CT                                                                                        1987-1988

Engineering Section Head, Software Development

 

Hired, trained and supervised engineering staff.

Planned and organized software development and documentation for electronic engine controls resulting in

  military certification.

 

Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT                                                                                        1985-1987

Senior Engineer, Project Development

 

Coordinated development of a consortium engine among five international companies.

Extensive preparation and presentation of seminars to clients and government agencies.

 

Hamilton Standard, Windsor Locks, CT                                                                                 1983-1985 Project Engineer, Software Development

 

Supervised, trained and evaluated staff.

Project management resulted in commercial certification of electronic engine control software on time and  

  within budget.

 

EDUCATION

MS, Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (30 credit hours), Organizational Behavior, The University of

  Hartford

MS, Mathematics, Central Connecticut State University.

BA, Mathematics, Saint Joseph College.

 

PROFESSIONAL, ACHIEVEMENTS/ACTIVITIES

Chairman of the United Technologies Engineering Coordination Activities on Minicomputers and      

  Microprocessors, 1985-1987.

Authored and Presented paper on 'Problem Analysis in Large Flight Critical Software Systems'.

Attended training sessions on management strategies and distance leaning.

Treasurer, Association Computing Machinery, Hartford Chapter, 1992-95.

Committee Chairman, Saint Joseph College, Capital Campaign Fund, 1992-95.

Board of Directors, Alumni Association, Rensselaer at Hartford, 1998-2001.

Elected to “Who’s Who in American Women”, 1999.