Omaha .NET User Group January Meeting
Start Time: January 26 2023, 6:00 PM
Hosted By: Kiewit Business Center
Now = 7/23/2024 11:30:31 PM Start = 1/26/2023 6:00:00 PM
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Sponsored by : Kiewit

Posted by mruwe at January 13 2023, 10:53 AM

Fellow .NET Users,

Welcome to 2023! I always enjoy our break in December, spending time with family and friends, but by the time January rolls around, I'm energized and ready to get going again. For 2023, we have 11 sponsors who have committed to supporting each of our meetings throughout the year. Our first sponsor, Kiewit, is setting the bar pretty high by providing food catered by Sgt Peffers, and some nice prizes. They'll be giving away a pair of the new Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and 2 $100 Amazon gift cards.

The next .NET UG meeting will take place on Thursday, January 26th starting at 6:00 PM. Food and drinks will be provided by our sponsor 15-20 minute before the meeting begins. After that I'll be giving a 60-90 min presentation on a variety of .NET topics (see below). We'll do the prize giveaways at the end of the meeting.

Kiewit Business Center

Kiewit's Business Center is located at:
12720 I St
Omaha, NE 68137
Instructions for parking and building entry:
You can park anywhere near the building except, of course, the handicapped stalls. Enter at the east side entrance. Be sure to click on the previous link as it is a pin to exactly where you should enter the building. You should not enter at the main entrance.

Fun facts and tidbits that might surprise you about .NET by Matt Ruwe

.NET is over 20 years old now and has undergone many changes in that timeframe. Some of the capabilities are less celebrated than others, but that doesn't mean they aren't extremely useful. In this presentation, Matt will look at a few features that people don't generally talk about which will hopefully increase the size of your development toolbox and make you a better developer. These topics range from language features to tips and tricks to libraries that you may never have heard of. This will be a fun and interactive session.

Matt Ruwe

Matt works for Kiewit as the Software Engineering Center of Excellence Lead. In this role, he has the opportunity to collaborate with Kiewit's many talented Software Engineers in an effort to improve the software landscape across the organization. Matt has been building software in a professional setting for more than 25 years and has been leading the Omaha .NET user's group since 2008.


The technology group at Kiewit consists of over 600 IT professionals who serve the engineering and construction business in their mission to deliver important and sophisticated projects to Kiewit’s clients. Kiewit designs and builds some of the most important infrastructure that keeps modern society going. When you turn on the lights, use clean water, drive on smooth roads, receive care in a hospital building, or enjoyed amazing public spaces like Omaha’s Gene Leahy Mall, Kiewit may have played a part in making that possible. These aren’t the only things Kiewit is doing but is a good representation of the diversity of Kiewit’s business.

A business this diverse needs diverse software to help drive the vast number of business processes involved. Software developers at Kiewit experience all aspects of this diversity in their day-to-day work. They are building tools to help support important processes like project estimation, resource assignment, design tool supplements, and many more.

Kiewit is a large Microsoft Azure customer and hosts most of the custom developed applications in the cloud. The development technologies used are diverse, but primarily focus on .NET 8, React/TypeScript, and Python.

Being a 140 year old company has taught Kiewit that people are its most important asset and they have a culture to support this. In addition, Kiewit offers a number of great benefits:

  • Every employee is given a $4,000 / year training budget to support their career advancement.
  • The company has a 6% 401K match + a 2%-4% profit sharing contribution.
  • Being a large company gives Kiewit the ability to provide comprehensive and competitive health benefits.

Find your next career with Kiewit here.

Matt Ruwe
.NET User's Group Co-Leader

Brian Olson
.NET User's Group Co-Leader

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