Brian Eng
Brian Eng

INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Adjunct Lecturer of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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Brian Eng is co-founder and Managing Partner at Bluebuzzard, a Chicago-based software firm founded in 2004 that specializes in web-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) for the hospitality industry. Brian has 20 years of experience building software businesses and working as a developer, designer, and consultant for some of the world’s largest and most progressive companies. He also teaches and mentors aspiring web developers at The Starter League in Chicago.

He is the co-author of Rails for .NET Developers, published by Pragmatic Press in 2008, and has been a Ruby on Rails developer and evangelist since 2005.



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Education
BS, Computer Information Systems, Indiana University

Other Professional Experience
Partner and CTO, Bluebuzzard Technology Group, Inc., 2005-present
Lead Software Architect, Euromarket Designs, Inc. (Crate and Barrel), 2004-2006
Director, Applications Development, Applied Decisions USA, Inc., 2001-2004
Practice Manager, TAP Management, Inc., 1999-2001
Practice Manager, Symmetry Corporation, 1997-1999
Senior Consultant, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC, 1996-1997

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Books
Cohen, Jeffrey and Brian Eng. 2008. Rails for .NET Developers. Pragmatic Bookshelf.

 
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Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Introduction to Software Development (KIEI-924-A)
This short course is geared for non-programmers who will be founders of, employed in, or consulting to companies that are "tech-enabled". Building an understanding of not only the language of the modern web, but also the processes involved in programming projects is essential in all aspects of technology companies' strategy and general management. This course is the prerequisite for KIEI-925.

Students will learn how to build and deploy their own "static" website, gaining essential coding literacy and experience with modern tools and nomenclature. Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours a week on assignments. IMPORTANT: Attendance is a significant part of the grade, and all students are especially expected to attend the first class.

Startup Programming and Management (KIEI-925-0)

Formerly ENTR-925-0

This course provides students with an introduction to web development and software project management. Students will learn:

• the key concepts of programming and application development
• the essentials of the Ruby on Rails web framework
• the core principles of agile management
• how to use Git and other go-to tools of modern tech companies

By the end of the course, students will be able to build a functional prototype of a simple database-backed web application and deploy it to a production server. Perhaps more importantly, students will gain a literacy in the concepts that go into building a technology product; which will allow them to ideate more constructively, converse more effectively with developers, and manage teams more efficiently.

An interesting aspect of this course is that it will itself be managed as an agile project, using tools such as GitHub and Pivotal Tracker. Other features include:

• unlimited access to screencasts tailored specifically for the course
• lectures will be interactive, with short pair exercises sprinkled throughout
• optional (but strongly encouraged) weekly discussion sections with the professor to reinforce concepts

This class is recommended for students who plan to start web-based businesses and want to understand what goes into developing an MVP. This class is also recommended for students who want to join start-ups and need to understand the technical aspect of the business in order to communicate with the development team. Students will be expected to have Mac, Windows, or Linux computers that they can complete homework and projects on (detailed instructions on setup will be provided).
Students must have completed KIEI 924-A or KIEI-924-B or have consent of instructor to add this class.