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DMC Hosts Future Engineers of After School Matters
Courtney Mitchell

DMC Hosts Future Engineers of After School Matters

DMC recently partnered with After School Matters to host a group of future engineers at our Chicago office. After School Matters is a non-profit organization whose mission is, “to provide Chicago public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.” The group of students who visited our office was particularly interested in robotics so we were eager to show them around. We won the group of about tw...

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Best of Pitchfork Music Festival 2013
Jessica Mlinaric

Best of Pitchfork Music Festival 2013

There are plenty of music lovers at DMC, including a mezzo soprano opera singer and our very own brass band. So when Pitchfork Music Festival came to town, several of us were excited to utilize DMC's activity fund and check out the festival in Chicago's Union Park.  We enjoyed a sunny summer day of musical performances on Saturday, July 20, and not even a bit of rain could dampen the fun of the closing sets. We're already looking forward to next year's festival, but until...

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Video Game Night at DMC
Ela Kaya

Video Game Night at DMC

Just for fun, DMC recently held a video game night (with pizza!) utilizing our activity fund. We featured old school and new school Nintendo games including Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart for N64 and Wii. Some of the DMC engineers had extreme nostalgia playing and felt like they were back in college! The most popular Nintendo characters of choice were Pikachu, Kirby, Link, and Bowser. Sam Weber won top honors on N64, while David Ufford beat out the Wii competition. For the non-gamers, there ...

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Bastille Day 8K 2013
Jessica Mlinaric

Bastille Day 8K 2013

One of DMC's favorite summer traditions is celebrating Bastille Day with a race. The Bastille Day Run has moved from Chicago's West Loop to Lincoln Park in the past few years, and added an 8K option to the original 5K. Being DMC, we opted for the most competitive choice and several employees enjoyed a 4.9733 mile jaunt in the park on July 11. One of the more fun aspects of this run is that it takes place on a Thursday evening (as opposed to sunrise on a weekend). The weather on r...

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DMC and Siemens Team Up for Hunger Task Force
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC and Siemens Team Up for Hunger Task Force

DMC joined Siemens teams from Chicago and Milwaukee for a service day with Hunger Task Force on June 5. Frank Riordan, Tim Jager, Jon Carson, and Kevin Ferrigno teamed up with Siemens partners to build 880 Stockboxes of healthy food to be distributed to low-income seniors free of charge. Hunger Task Force's mission is to maintain every person's right to adequate food obtained with dignity through advocacy and food banking. A 100% community-supported organization, over 5,000 Hunger Tas...

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DMC Runs the 2013 Shamrock Shuffle
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Runs the 2013 Shamrock Shuffle

The Shamrock Shuffle 8K is a favorite DMC tradition. Employees have represented DMC in the 4.97 mile race through downtown Chicago every year since 2005. The Shamrock Shuffle is meant to be the first big race of spring and is traditionally held in March, but after a few years of unpredictable Chicago weather the race date is now in April. The weather cooperated on April 7, treating us to sunny skies and a slight breeze off Lake Michigan. It was a great day for enjoying a run through the city,...

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DMC at Disney on Ice
Anjali Bharadwa

DMC at Disney on Ice

Being the lone DMC Mom, I wanted to plan an opportunity for DMC kids to take advantage of one of the cool DMC sponsored activities. The perfect child friendly event: Disney on Ice at the United Center!  DMC employees, spouses and 10 DMC kids met in Chicago to watch the Disney princesses tell their stories while gliding over a stage of ice. We watched Ariel (The Little Mermaid) fall in love with a human, Belle (Beauty and the Beast) be enchanted by the Beast, Rapunzel (Tangled) discover...

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DMC's 2013 Holiday Party
Stephanie Balavitch

DMC's 2013 Holiday Party

        85 Guests 55 Filets of Beef 20 Seared Salmon Fillets 125 Specialty Martinis 81 Glasses of Maker’s 46 1 Bud Light (Really?) That, my friends, is how DMC rolls. As the newest member of DMC’s Party Planning Committee (PPC) I had an inside look at the planning process behind DMC’s legendary company parties. With past soirees including an Odyssey Cruise and a bowling competition at Lucky Strike, it became apparent that few...

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DMC Participates in Chicago's Hot Chocolate 5K
Otto Gottlieb

DMC Participates in Chicago's Hot Chocolate 5K

Who doesn’t want to run for chocolate? This was the question we had to ask ourselves in early November when the opportunity arose to participate in Chicago's Hot Chocolate 15K/5K. This 40,000 person event rewards people with hot chocolate and chocolate fondue for running either the 5K course or the 15K course. As if that wasn’t reason enough, the main charity partner is the Ronald McDonald House, so you know you’re running for a good cause too! A look at t...

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DMC's Paintball Welcome Party
Gareth Meirion-Griffith

DMC's Paintball Welcome Party

Welcome to DMC, now we’re going to shoot you……with paintball guns!  As fresh faces at DMC, Adnaan Velji and I decided to combine our respective welcome parties (an excellent perk of working at DMC) into four hours of somewhat friendly paintball competition. Twenty-five DMC employees and their significant/insignificant others showed up at Paintball Explosion in East Dundee, IL to join the fight. Despite the early December date the Sun Gods, or perhaps global ...

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DMC's Night of Magic
Stephanie Balavitch

DMC's Night of Magic

Engineers are stereotypically a skeptical bunch, and DMC prides itself on a talent pool consisting of grads from some of the best engineering programs in the country. This was the rather dubious crowd that third generation magician Mr. Dennis Watkins faced on the evening of November 17. The occasion? A triple-threat welcome party for Otto, Shannon, and Stephanie.   DMC’s Night of Magic began at the historic Palmer House Hotel where icons such as Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Jud...

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DMC Presents the Best of Beer Hoptacular 2012
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Presents the Best of Beer Hoptacular 2012

DMC's latest activity fund adventure took us to a beer tasting under a big top tent for Beer Hoptacular. "Celebrating the art of beer brewing and appreciation" sounded like our idea of an evening, so about a dozen DMC employees and friends headed to the Riverfront Theater last Friday. The third annual Chicago Beer Hoptacular brought 60 breweries featuring over 140 different beers together. In addition to tasting a variety of beers from Chicago and across the country, we enjoyed acc...

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Arcade + Beer = Geek Heaven
Matt Puskala

Arcade + Beer = Geek Heaven

I enjoy arcade games - who doesn't?  My enthusiasm must not be a secret, as when an arcade bar  opened up not too far from our office, several coworkers made sure to let me know about it.  Arcade games are best enjoyed with heavy competition, and DMC's night at Emporium Arcade had some impressive contenders. We had a good turnout of over a dozen DMC engineers.  The most popular games of the evening were X-Men, The Simpsons, and Frogger. I spent the night trying to ...

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"Destination DMC" Video Guides You to DMC's Office
Frank Riordan

"Destination DMC" Video Guides You to DMC's Office

DMC has been creating a video series to describe who we are and what we do. In addition to understanding the work we do, we thought it would be helpful if people understood how to travel to our office. Despite our web directions, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, MapQuest, and the infallible Siri, visitors would still have trouble getting to our office every once in a while.   We wanted to create a helpful and instructive video, and we hope we've accomplished that,...

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DMC's Oktoberfest Celebration 2012
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC's Oktoberfest Celebration 2012

After the success of last year's Oktoberfest Open House and our Tres de Mayo party last spring, DMC had many requests for another Oktoberfest celebration. We held our second annual Oktoberfest party on October 11, 2012 and a great time was had by DMC employees, clients, vendors, and friends! Relive the party in the video and pictures below!   DMC guests were greeted by our banner and a commemorative mug to add to their DMC stein colle...

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Improv and Wrigley Rooftop Baseball
Stephanie Balavitch

Improv and Wrigley Rooftop Baseball

Working for DMC means that a few times every year you get to participate in an all-day company meeting. These meetings take place offsite and they give everyone a chance to have a great time together while taking part in brainstorming sessions and fun team building exercises. After hearing about and seeing photos from previous ADCMs that involved a tour of Chicago and ziplining, I was beyond excited to experience my first one at Murphy’s Rooftop in Wrigelyville. The whole DMC crew met u...

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Otto Gottlieb

Mark's Welcome Party with Blues Traveler

Seeing Blues Traveler perform at Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier for Mark Locascio's welcome party is not the ordinary Thursday evening. However, Mark is not an ordinary person, but an extraordinary and very important person who deserves to receive such a label at least once in his life. That is just what he was able to experience on September 27 with the Gold VIP pass to the event along with the other DMC Blues Traveler fans! With the benefit of the Gold VIP pass, we enjo...

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DMC Hosts Chicagoland LabVIEW Users Group
Patrick Corcoran

DMC Hosts Chicagoland LabVIEW Users Group

Last month, on August 23rd, DMC played host to the Chicago LabVIEW Users Group. Over 40 attendees from the Chicagoland area traveled to DMC to participate in the event. The Chicago LabVIEW Users Community is a great way for members of the local NI technology community to network with other users, and gain insights on new applications and technologies being applied to industry. As this event was very closely coupled to the completion of NI Week, DMC hosts: Darren Jones, Eric West, and Danny&nb...

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DMC Boat Cruise with Yaskawa
Otto Gottlieb

DMC Boat Cruise with Yaskawa

Friends from Yaskawa joined DMC on a voyage onto Lake Michigan after another great year of working together.  Led by Frank, the lake and weather were perfect for a relaxing evening on the water. Our first stop was the Flatwater where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner overlooking the Chicago River. Once finished, we navigated to Navy Pier where we stayed on the boat to watch Chicago’s famous fireworks. It is great that Chicago has fireworks twice a week all summer long. As a frequenter ...

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DMC to Host Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 23
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC to Host Chicagoland LabVIEW User Group Meeting on August 23

Share NIweek 2012 highlights, discuss features of the newly released LabVIEW 2012, and learn more about TMDS for data storage at the next Chicagoland National Instruments  LabVIEW User Group Meeting. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with other area LabVIEW users while enjoying a skyline view from a roof deck on Chicago’s north side. Learn more and Register August 23rd 2012 3:30pm – 6:30pm DMC, Inc. 2222 N. Elston Ave. | Chicago, IL 60614 Agenda: 3:30-4...

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