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Hello Fall! Happy Hour at DMC
Lauren DeLong

Hello Fall! Happy Hour at DMC

To welcome fall this year, DMC Chicago held a pie-and-cider party that was a great success. There were babies! And dogs! And cats! And most importantly, a wide variety of pies. We ordered in pizza, and enjoyed apple and pumpkin pies homemade by application developer Jordan, who is well-known by now for his excellent pie-making. Unlike DMC's Denver team, which is arguably the most athletic of the bunch, we didn't do any exercise to earn it. While our apple cider warmed in the C...

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Duck, Duck, DAQmx: NIDays Chicago 2015 Recap
Darren Jones

Duck, Duck, DAQmx: NIDays Chicago 2015 Recap

DMC exhibited at NIDays Chicago last week for the third consecutive year. The one-day, multi-track conference explores the latest technologies for measurement, embedded, and test systems. We gathered at Navy Pier on a beautiful fall day, ready to enhance our technical knowledge, connect with other local NI users, and introduce visitors to DMC. Our tilt table demo proved to be a popular draw and DMC's team had a great time showing it off at the booth.  As always, meeting ...

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DMC to Exhibit at NIDays 2015 in Chicago and Boston
Darren Jones

DMC to Exhibit at NIDays 2015 in Chicago and Boston

This fall, DMC will once again be attending NIDays, the largest NI regional technology and innovation event ever held. Visit DMC's booth at NIDays Chicago on October 15 (booth 5) and at NIDays Boston on November 17. The one-day conference invites engineers and scientists to learn about the latest technologies, best practices, and application trends for measurement, embedded, and test systems. NIDays offers technical sessions, hands-on learning workshops, interactive te...

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Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting at DMC
Jeremy Green

Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting at DMC

DMC hosted the Chicagoland LabVIEW User’s Group meeting at our office last month. It was another great turnout with over 30 local LabVIEW users and National Instruments present as well, with Kalin Taskov and Al Rudnick joining to participate. After several years of being a part of a great user group, Chicago brought home the hardware for the best user group of the year at NIWeek 2015 for the second consecutive year!    This meeting's topic, LabVIEW User Interfac...

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Beer on a Boat: Exactly as Fun as it Sounds
Curtis Weir

Beer on a Boat: Exactly as Fun as it Sounds

After being in Chicago for over four years, I realized that I had never been on a boat tour down the Chicago River. So coming up with the idea was relatively easy. I noticed that many people at DMC enjoy beer, and boating ventures are very popular in the summer, so a booze cruise seemed like an ideal welcoming party. The week leading up to the event was pretty stormy, so I was afraid the boat ride would be either miserable or cancelled altogether. Luckily, the evening was perfect! The ride st...

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DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20
Darren Jones

DMC Hosts Chicago LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 20

DMC will be hosting the Chicagoland LabVIEW User's Group meeting on Thursday, August 20, 2015. We've had the pleasure of hosting local LabVIEW developers for several years now. This year's topic is LabVIEW User Interface Design. We'll begin the session by discussing tips and tricks related to style, dialogs, and multi-screen applications. We will continue by examining common LabVIEW UI/UX design pitfalls and considerations. Finally, we'll explore taking a wireframe to real...

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DMC Trivia Competition Welcome Party
Natalie Meeker

DMC Trivia Competition Welcome Party

For my DMC welcome party, I joined in with two other employees, Molly and Kevin, to hold a shared celebration at a local bar's trivia competition. It should come as no surprise that a lot of us are trivia fiends given DMC's Core Values of hiring smart people and having fun! While some DMC employees had attended the bar's Monday trivia nights in the past as activity fund events, this was the first time we had the entire back room to ourselves. With a ton of beer...

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DMC Ping Pong App Upgrade 2.0
Jesse Batsche

DMC Ping Pong App Upgrade 2.0

Anyone who has visited DMC's Chicago office knows that we love a good game of ping pong. We have an internally-developed DMC Ping Pong App to keep track of final scores from each game and generate rankings to show just how awesome (or not awesome) each employee is. During FedEx Day 2014, Jordan and Sudeep set up a .NET library for interfacing to a GoPro camera via Wi-Fi that allowed control of primary camera functions. The GoPro .NET library was then used to implement a .NET console app that...

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DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party
Amy Cox

DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party

DMC proved just how cool science can be at our Chicago office's Mad Science Party on June 4th, 2015. We've held several fun themed open houses previously including a carnival, Boston Bash, and Oktoberfest, and this party was no exception. More than 140 guests joined us for a night of out-of-this-world food and drinks, zany decorations, and electrifying attractions. The rooftop deck filled up quickly due to the beautiful weather, and we think a mad scientist would have felt right at home ...

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Attend DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party
Jessica Mlinaric

Attend DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party

At DMC, we often feel like mad scientists creating cutting-edge, technical solutions. It's only fitting that we're hosting a pair of Mad Science parties this spring at our Chicago office on Thursday, June 4, 2015 and in Boston on June 18. Featuring out of this world food and drinks along with hair-raising, hands-on experiments, it's sure to be an explosively fun time! Hypothesis: You'll have a blast celebrating with DMC! Facts: DMC Chicago's Mad Science Party June 4, 20...

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DMC Again Named A Best Place to Work in Chicago
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Again Named A Best Place to Work in Chicago

Crain’s Chicago Business Recognizes DMC as a Top Company for Millennials and Gen X Employees DMC was named among the top Chicago companies to work for by Crain's Chicago Business for the second consecutive year. We're proud to be recognized again as one of the top places to work for both Millennials and Generation X. DMC was named the "Best Workplace for Millennials" in Chicago, ranking #1 atop the list of five local firms. Crain&#...

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Chicago Fly Fishing Excursion
Andrew Griesemer

Chicago Fly Fishing Excursion

As a new employee at DMC Chicago, I’m quickly learning just how easy it is to plan exciting outings with my fellow coworkers. At our first mentor lunch, Gareth and I were musing on how much we wanted to learn how to fly fish. With some planning from Gareth and a survey to gauge interest, two weeks later we were out on the North Pond in Lincoln Park with 21 DMCers and Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters learning the basics.  The class walked us through the general premise of fly fishing,...

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Wait Wait... Don't Tell DMC!
Michael Dannemiller

Wait Wait... Don't Tell DMC!

Earlier this month, in a desperate, yet ultimately futile, attempt to take our minds off the increasingly frigid weather, DMCers from the Chicago office sought refuge in the warm embrace of National Public Radio. Not with tote bags or endless donation requests, but with the hit show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Don’t let the over-punctuated name fool you, WWDTM (as it’s known to insiders who love acronyms and write blogs), is full of laughs and sharp insights into the week&r...

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Holiday Cheer in 2014 at DMC Chicago
Anjali Bharadwa

Holiday Cheer in 2014 at DMC Chicago

The, now annual, DMC Holiday Cheer party lets DMC engineers, consultants, and employees relax with their families over good food, gifts, and laugher. Just as last year, our special guest was Santa Claus, and he not only took pictures with kids, families, and couples, but he also sang Christmas carols with everyone.  The kids decorated giant gingerbread men and engaged in an intense candy cane hut throughout the office while the adults drank delicious seasonal beer and other holiday libat...

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October Golf Tournament
Devon Fritz

October Golf Tournament

DMC has now had seven scintillating golf tournaments, each one embracing the forgiving scramble tournament style of play. This time the teams were: Team A Devon Megan Matt Sudeep Team B Tim Katherine Simon Gareth The play commenced on the lakefront 9-hole course of Sydney R. Moravitz two hours before dusk. The day brought some impressive long drives on the sporadic par five holes as well as continual improvement from the ...

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Swashbuckling on Chicago's Lake Michigan
Amy Cox

Swashbuckling on Chicago's Lake Michigan

Five new employees started all around the same time last month, so we decided to combine our welcome parties into one big hurrah. Travelling to the eastern seas of the Midwest (i.e. Lake Michigan) we sallied forth into the unknown waters of pirating. Below, a few of my fellow welcome party recipients share their favorite parts of the adventure. “DMC now has one more area of expertise to add to its repertoire; sailing tall ships! We were trained by what we are sure was a real-life pirate...

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Oktoberfest 2014 Chicago Tops Them All
Jaclyn Bauer

Oktoberfest 2014 Chicago Tops Them All

DMC hosted its fourth annual Oktoberfest Party this past week at our Chicago office. The success of our 2011, 2012 and 2013 Oktoberfest gatherings has become renowned among our clients, vendors, friends and family, so the party was sure to be packed. This year was no different, and with over 200 attendees, Oktoberfest 2014 Chicago will likely go down in DMC history with equal gusto. We out did ourselves with food this year adding to the normal brats and German Potato Salad a whole slew of veg...

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Visit DMC at NIDays 2014 in Chicago and Boston
Darren Jones

Visit DMC at NIDays 2014 in Chicago and Boston

DMC will exhibit at the NIDays Conference in Chicago (Wednesday, October 8) and Boston (Tuesday, November 4). The one-day, free multi-track conference targets engineers and scientists designing systems for test, design, and control applications. With over 40 technical sessions, hands-on workshops, and keynotes, NIDays 2014 aims to provide knowledge about emerging technologies, as well as hardware and industry applications. Discover New Trends and Best Practices Learn firsthand about adva...

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'Lions, Tigers, and Brews' Proves Fun Despite Blustery Day
Nicklas Thystrup

'Lions, Tigers, and Brews' Proves Fun Despite Blustery Day

When the opportunity arose to go to the already-awesome Lincoln Park Zoo in order to taste 150 plus awesome beers, I knew many at DMC couldn’t resist. Sure enough, sixteen people from DMC signed up for the Lions, Tigers, and Brews event, so we headed down to the zoo for some Friday night fun. First we tried out some of the bigger, more popular breweries such as Founders and Goose Island. We experienced these old familiars under the watchful eye of the tiger, who was outside watching the...

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DMC Comic: Engineers Go to a Tech Conference
Ashley Enderlin

DMC Comic: Engineers Go to a Tech Conference

Engineers are known for being serious about their work, but we leave plenty of room for laughs. At DMC, we have a fondness for humor of the geeky variety. This month our group of engineers headed to a tech conference. Post your ideas of where our engineers should go next month in the 'Comments' section below, and you might see your suggestion featured in an upcoming comic! SWAG:

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