Technology On and Off the Field
Howdy, my name is Chance Gray and I am a Management Informations Systems major at Texas A&M University and am a part of the class of 2016. I was born and raised in greater-area Houston, TX, specifically The Woodlands, and am an avid Houston Rockets and Houston Texans fan. Home to my favorite players, to J.J. “Swatt” and James “Fear The Beard” Harden.
I also play football for Texas A&M as a walk-on running back and have been on the team since the fall of 2013. I believe I am the only student-athlete who is also studying technology so it is a cool experience to see both sides of the spectrum. Also, to see how Texas A&M athletics is constantly pushing the boundaries of technology and what has been done on the football field in the past. Currently, we have a team of researchers that constantly track the capabilities and performance of the football players while we work out and while we practice in the heat. Several athletes this past Spring were trying out new mouthpieces that have tiny computers in them. The computers are able to relay information about how hard the players are hit and calculates the risks of concussion. These are several innovations I’ve gotten to witness over the years.
I started as a Business Development Intern here at JBKnowledge, Inc. in early May of 2015. Immediately, I was able to tell I’d be working within an industry I never thought about when thinking about technology in general. Technology in the construction industry is booming and growing rapidly. It has broadened my view about how technology isn’t just gadgets and existing in the corporate world, or what we usually think of when people talk about the newest and greatest thing. Software is an extremely large industry in itself and the software I work with, SmartBidNet, helps a specific niche in the construction industry, estimators, preconstruction managers and the like, yet the market for it is gigantic.
In my short time here, I can tell that I will be participating in a lot of different things throughout my internship. All of the interns across the company get to take part in the research, development and launch of a product from our JBK R&D Labs Team. We are involved in the process from development all the way to building the strategy for selling the product commercially as part of our solution offerings. This is an incredible experience I will get to take part in and it is definitely my favorite part of the week. It is like being part of a start-up with an awesome team of peers. I am looking forward to the rest of summer with the great people here at JBKnowledge!