UWF degree and year of graduation:
BS Information Technology Interdisciplinary/Digital Enterprise, ’04
As you look back at your days at UWF, describe your best memory.
The best memory is my senior year when I was one class short of graduating. I did not know if I would be able to graduate in the spring of 2004 and was worried I would have to wait until fall to complete my degree. As luck would have it, during the spring semester I had a class with Dr. Eppright. He was a very influential teacher who was able to help me in reaching my goals as a student and as a professional. When I learned that he would be teaching in that summer I decided to enroll in his class immediately. Funny thing was, he already had me on his list for that class and made sure he saved a spot for me. I learned a lot from him and thank him every chance I get.
While you were at UWF, what did you think was its most outstanding and/or unique quality?
How easy it was to meet new people. Because the classes were small and the general school population was 7,000, it made it easier to make friends. I thank UWF each day for giving me the opportunity to meet my beautiful wife Celie. The Argos spirit lives on in our marriage and will be passed on to our future children.
As you reflect, did your education at UWF have an impact on where you are today
Immensely. With the guidance of my many professors, I surely would not have made it as far as I have. They gave me the confidence, knowledge and drive I needed to take hold of my passion for technology and make something of myself with it.
Describe what you do/did professionally including the type of company you work for.
My first job out of college was not the most glamorous. I was a tech support engineer for Florida Power and Light. We dealt with employee computer issues. As anyone can tell you in the IT world, that it is a stressful job. End-user support is never easy and can take a toll on you both mentally and physically. I left my job there and went to work for my current employer Terremark Worldwide. First, I worked as a network technician, dealing mostly with the support of day-to-day server and network applications for high-end customers. I gradually worked my way up to my current position as a network engineer. Now, I help maintain the integrity and stability of our network for hundreds of customers. Every day, I learn something new which keeps motivated and wanting to do more in my job.
What advice would you give students today who are considering studying one of the disciplines in the School of Science and Engineering?
Get your certifications. Having a bachelor’s and master’s degree is going to get your foot in the door. But the more knowledge you have in your field, the easier it will be for you to adapt and keep up with this ever changing field.
Last, would you share one thing about yourself that would give others insight into your interests, hobbies, etc.
I am a huge Miami Dolphins fan and sports fan in general. I play golf and softball with my co-workers and family and friends. Sports have always been a huge part of what I liked as a child and will continue to be a part of my life.