Tell us about yourself.
I graduated from Gustavus in 1999 with a degree in Computer Science. I am currently working as a Professional Services Consultant at NetApp. I assist large businesses with deployment, use, and customization of NetApp OnCommand Insight, a software product that helps them monitor, manage, and plan their data storage infrastructure.
How did the MCS department help you get where you are today?
Computer Science provided a solid underpinning of structured thinking that has been directly valuable when I have had to learn a new system, and indirectly valuable in a lot of situations. A referral from fellow MCS alumnus Andy Kay helped me get my first sysadmin position after college.
What is your favorite memory or memories of the MCS department?
The time I spent with Barbara, Karl, and Max provided me with diverse examples of how a smart person can present himself in and relate to the world with clever quips, thoughtful listening, and clear and concise communication.
Also, after-hours networked Quake on the SGI workstations.
Anything else you would like to add or mention?
Work Study and summer employment with the Academic Computing department provided a great opportunity to learn about using technology in a workplace, gain organizational and interpersonal skills that came in very handy later, and provided real world hands-on technology experience. I learned from Philip Guenther’s example that by being a systems administrator I could combine the structure and detail orientation that I liked about Computer Science with real-world, end-user computing.
Thanks for the update James. It’s good to hear from you.
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