Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018

I participated in the first Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching at the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House on Friday, October 05, 2018 and presented a 45 minute round table discussion on international students and scholars.



Prudential Productivity Award

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

2017 Davis Productivity Cash Award

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tallahassee, FL 32317

My team learned today, Thursday, May 18, 2017 that we have been selected to be one of the several 2017 Davis Productivity Cash Award Winners.
The link to award:
The Florida Tax Watch which bestows the award describes it in the following way:
The Prudential Productivity Awards are made possible through the generosity of Prudential, as Anchor Sponsor, and the vision of the late J.E. Davis and A.D. Davis, co-founders of Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. and co-founders of Florida TaxWatch. Since 1989, the Awards program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. Over the 28-year program, more than 16,000 nominations have been received, and awards have been given to state employees for saving or maximizing state dollars to the tune of more than $9.2 billion. 
Our team consisted of the following:
FSU ID#: 404William Sweeney, Thayumanasamy Somasundaram, Claudius Mundoma, James Stephens, Donna Trumbower, Carlos Murphy, Kyle Gower-Winter, and Rebekah Dorn
The award itself will be given on Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 time and location to be determined.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the project which allowed us to win the prize.

Scientific Equipment Portal Presentation

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Scientific Equipment Portal Presentation

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9:00 AM

This morning our team gave the presentation of our project Scientific Equipment Portal. We had split the presentation into five segments: project scope, why the project, back office work, web portal, and during my turn I gave the summary and semi-live demonstration of the project.

In all, we took about 15 minutes. The audience appreciated our presentation and many personally congratulated us.


Pers Eval Day

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Meet with Eval

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 2:00 PM

I met with Eval today afternoon. We spoke for about 20 minutes. The EP was graded well and got good top of the class grades.

Visit SFL

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Visit SFL

March 12-14, 2017


We went to SFL and spent most part of two days: Monday and Tuesday returning to Tallahassee late evening on Tuesday.

We left late afternoon on Sunday, March 12 and stayed at a place close the campus.

Strength Training at FSU Leach

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Strength Training at FSU Leach

FSU Leach Gymnasium

Wednesday, 12, 2016

For several week now, I have been slowly adding strength and weight (mostly strength) training to my daily gymnasium routines. Since I have only limited break time, I mix the cardio work outs like jogging, rowing, cycling, elliptical, stair master, etc with other strength training.

My colleague had introduced me to the strength training and slowly I am adding to the variety of machines, I use to do the training. This week I added couple of more machines to my regular routine.

Since so far most of the machines had upper body work out, I added two for the lower body work out. The first one is Cybex Seated Leg Curl


The next one for the leg work out is the Cybex leg extension



2015 Seminole Torchbearer Organization Induction

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Seminole Torchbearer Organization Induction

Thursday, November 05, 2015, 5-6:30 PM

FSU Oglesby Union Ballroom, Tallahassee, FL


This evening Vivek was inducted into the 2015 Class of Seminole Torchbearer Organization. Members to this elite organization are nominated by faculty, staff, and other students. Those inducted are students and alumni who are exceptional leaders and exhibited the Seminole Spirit. The members expected carry on this legacy while being a student and then as an alumni. Each each year 200 junior and senior student leaders invited to join the elite organization.
We attended the event this evening held at FSU Oglesby Union Ballroom. The event started at 5 PM and the students recited a pledge and received their pin and certificate from Dr Mary Coburn, Vice President of FSU Students Affairs. After the ceremony all the inductees received their certificate and information about being a member of the organization.
We went to Olive Garden for dinner after the event.

Possible relief on Weems Road

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Possible traffic relief for Weems Road

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Two days ago, I saw in Tallahassee Democrat, our local newspaper, a public notice from Florida Department of Transportation FDOT ( about resurfacing of the portion of the Capital Circle Southeast closer to where we live.

Currently the FDOT resurfacing the main artery to the city, Mahan Drive (US 90) from Capital Circle to Magnolia Drive. However, the public notice mentioned below would resurface area close tothe current resurfacing but would also add right turn lane on Capital Circle SE on the north bound lanes. The latter part is very important.

This will probably have direct impact for our neighborhood where it has become increasingly difficult to get in or out of our own neighborhood. This is true during the morning and especially during evening rush hour as people driving north bound in Capital Circle SE  take a short cut at Easterwood Drive and proceed to Weems Road to get Eastern Tallahassee where many of them live. This makes Weems Road, which is undivided single lane road, congested. To get in and out of our neighborhood occasionally it takes about a minute not because so many people live in our neighborhood but so many others who don’t live are driving on the only road we have access to the public road ways.


Travel to Arlington

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Travel to Arlington, VA

Sunday-Monday, April 19-20, 2015


I travelled to Arlington, Virginia on a business trip. I left home on Sunday via a Delta flight via Atlanta and arrived at the Reagan airport on the afternoon. Then I took the WMTA metro Blue and Silver lines to get Arlington, VA. I stayed overnight at an area hotel.


The next day I had meetings from morning 8 AM to afternoon 3 PM. Then I picked up my luggage (held at the hotel) and took the subway back to Reagan. I was able to catch an earlier flight (after paying a fee) and avoid the approaching thunderstorms. I was home by night.


Attend PITTCON 2015

Monday, March 9th, 2015




Mar 9, 2015, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, Louisiana


I attended the PITTCON 2015 at New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a big conference. I was able to meet several people, spoke to many vendors and attended many interesting talks.