Alumni Corner

Joao Paulo Clementi completed a Bachelor of Science degree from GSW in 2001 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science in 2003. Joao Paulo was inducted into the GSW Hall of Fame on October 20, 2007. Joao Paulo is currently working as a Development Specialist for Microsoft and has been in this position since 2007. JP, as he is called by his peers, is accountable for evangelizing Microsoft technologies to the technical community, as well as actively managing programs such as Microsoft forums, portals (MSDN & TechNet), learning programs, and articles. He maintains a blog, speaks at Microsoft online and off-line events, and is in constant interaction with the local technical community.

Brandon Fogerty a graduate of GSW with a Master degree in Computer Science studied at GSW from 2003 to 2008. Brandon writes:

“When I first came to GSW, I knew that I wanted to study Computer Science. I never knew exactly how far my education at GSW would take me but I was in for a surprise! I tried to learn as much as I could about C++, Graphics, and AI programming during my studies as I knew that those areas would help me enter the game industry.

During my enrollment at GSW, I had the privilege to work at Web- i-Tech which enabled me to get real world experience. Through Web I-Tech, I was able to intern at Motorola's head quarters in Schaumburg IL, working on 3d avatar technology.

After I graduated I landed my first job in the game industry. I went to work for a Massive
Multiplayer Online game called Kaneva in Atlanta. (http://www.kaneva.com/) During my
employment at Kaneva, I worked on building tools and gameplay for our virtual world. It was an amazing feeling to finally be working in the industry that I enjoyed so much!

After Kaneva, I went to work for a Small Arms Simulation company in Orlando Fl, named Cubic. While at Cubic, I had the privilege of working with a next generation game enginecalled CryEngine. (http://www.mycryengine.com/) At Cubic, I worked as a Lead Software Engineer developing our CryEngine based simulations.

Finally, after my employment at Cubic, my dream came true. I was offered a Senior Engineer position at a Game Studio called n-Space in Orlando Florida. (http://www.n-space.com) n-Space has been a respected force in the video game industry for over 15 years working on major IPs such as Star Wars, James Bond/007, Call of Duty, Tron, Toy Story, and many others. n-Space is a licensed game developer for Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PSP game consoles. I am currently working on an unannounced Nintendo 3DS game which I am very excited about! (http://www.nintendo.com/3ds) I have always wanted to work on a Nintendo game and that dream is currently being lived out!

Through God, my studies at GSW, and through my own personal studies, I was able to
achieve this dream. GSW afforded me many opportunities to grow my engineering skills.
Through my training in C++, Graphics, AI, and real world experience at Web I-Tech,
I was able to build a foundation to continue my education in this very challenging but
rewarding industry.”

John T. Wright graduated with honors in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia Southwestern State University. One year prior to graduating he received full-time employment with a major financial services processing company in Georgia. He is currently a System Software Analyst, which is an upper level Unix/Linux engineering position. Since John’s employment, he has been able to use the skills he learned from GSW to further his career within the company. “I use the concepts and tools learned from school every day in my activities at work. These days companies are doing everything in their power to do more with less, which puts a lot more pressure on students graduating, to show that they are worth the investment which comes with full time employment. Working as a UNIX/Linux Administrator is a very challenging and demanding job, but it has its perks due to the fact that it is a very specialized field and thus in great demand across the country. Graduation can be scary for any student, but you have to get out there and compete for the job you want and never settle. You will always find the job you want if you have the drive and motivation to push for it.”

Robert Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems Fall Semester 2002. . He is currently employed by AirWatch who was recently acquired by VMWare in Atlanta, Georgia in the Professional Services division. Robert previously worked for several banks and a mortgage company where he had wide ranging IT-related responsibilities. He also earned his Master of Science degree in Information Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2006 and teaches IT courses for the school part time. Robert resides in Marietta, Georgia.

Mathew Garner earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science during the Fall Semester 2005. He is currently employed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City Beach, Florida. Mathew is their Systems Administrator and Subject Matter Expert on Collaboration Software for the Naval Department. Collaboration Software is an application that allows users to accomplish tasks through audio, presentations, text, and whiteboard tools. He has been employed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He was a finalist for the very competitive and prestigious President’s Fellowship National program.

Beverly Carroll earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems during the Fall Semester 2002. She then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree during the Fall 2004 semester. Beverly is currently employed at STI Knowledge, Inc. in Americus, GA as a Certified Help Desk Professional. Her duties include: providing technical and customer service support to employees of the University of Chicago Medical Center and all of their outpatient clinics. Ms. Carroll has been nominated to appear on the GSW Wall of Honor from 2005-2006 and also received the 2004-2005 Presidential Service Leadership Award given by the President of the United States.

Jason Ormes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems during
the Spring Semester 1997. He is currently employed at Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory in Naperville, IL as a Unix Systems Administrator. His duties include maintenance
and security of the UNIX/Linux systems. Jason has been employed at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for five years.

Bob Meads graduated Summa Cum Laude from GSW in May 1997. After graduation, he immediately accepted a position at Siemens Energy and Automation in Alpharetta, GA, supporting SIMATIC WinCC, a new Human Machine Interface development package for manufacturing applications. After two years, Siemens moved its support base to Princeton, and Bob started iQuest, Inc. an independent consulting firm specializing in WinCC Integration, C++ development, and training classes on C programming and WinCC. Bob began providing training, WinCC application development, and consulting for such companies as Siemens, Philip Morris, BOC Gases and Bacardi. In 2003, Bob co-authored WinCC Audit , a software package designed to reduce the engineering effort required to develop WinCC applications that meet the FDA’s new 21 CFR part 11 regulations for electronic records and signatures. Siemens quickly bought the worldwide distribution rights to WinCC Audit. Today, Bob is still providing consulting and development services, as well as teaching software development classes in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. In his spare time he is working on the next version of Audit for Siemens.

Brenda Hines earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. She is currently employed at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (Systems Command) in Albany, Georgia as a Supervisory Computer Specialist. In the position of Branch Head for the Automated Information Systems (AIS) Support Branch, Brenda supervises teams of computer specialists who provide technical support in the areas of database administration/management, configuration management, and technical documentation for Marine Corps Logistics Automated Information Systems. Brenda has worked for the Federal Government for 19 years, at M.C.L.B. in Albany for 14 years, and in her current position for 4 years.

Charlie Cook received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia Southwestern College in December of 1993. During his time in college, Charlie worked for a company called The Systems Shop. GSW Professor Gardner Long owned this business. Upon graduation, he acquired a position with Lockheed Martin and worked there for 3 years. Charlie was sent by Lockheed Martin to train at Hewlett Packard on the 917 midrange server. The HP server ran an operating system called MPE/IX. This system used manufacturing software with an SQL database backbone and Intermec Barcode readers to capture job times. Charlie trained in networking using Novell 4.0 with Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. In 1997 Charlie started his own company called DataCom Services, Inc. His company serves large and small businesses specializing in LAN and WAN applications. Charlie helped create a county WAN using wireless connectivity with spread spectrum technology. Their primary networking operating system is Microsoft NT with MS Exchange for e-mail applications. Charlie is now working on a GIS (Global Information Systems) server and GEMA (Ga. Emergency Management Agency) systems to help incorporate emergency services for county operations.

Allen Highnote graduated from GSSU in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. Allen owns Noteworthy Information System, which officially began while he was in college. Noteworthy specializes in working with very large software systems. Their primary focus is developing and maintaining mission critical applications. They are a small company with a proven record of taking on large projects that range in size from 500-4000 man hours of work. Their staff has over 40 years of combined programming experience and clients range in size from $1 Million to $4 Billion in revenue. Noteworthy focuses on providing custom software development and hosting solutions for mission critical applications running on the internet.” Allen states, “The course work at GSW helped give me an understanding of the technology and business principles that I would need throughout my career. However, the relationships I had with the instructors were what truly helped me the most. These relationships fed my interests in computers and business and gave me the needed skills for managing very large projects and clients”. As a result of Allen receiving our first School Newsletter, he has referred Inland Caregiver Resource Center in San Bernardino, CA, to our very own GSW-i-TECH center for a website development project. Thanks Allen!

Kiel Bass received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Georgia Southwestern College in June of 1978. Upon graduation, he acquired a position with Woodgrain Molding, Inc., a then local business. In June of 1990, Kiel received a MASTERS of SCIENCE degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia Southwestern College. His accounting background and computer skills have allowed Kiel to excel in the development of proprietary software used in business and scientific fields. Since attaining his Masters of Science degree, Kiel has continued to be involved in the PC environment as a warehouse inventory manager, software consultant and lighting consultant. Today, Kiel manages the Applications Engineering group at Cooper Lighting's Customer First Center in Peachtree City, Georgia, the home of Cooper Lighting's division headquarters and the Source, a state of the art lighting and training center. Kiel manages the Applications Engineering group, a staff of approximately 30 people, providing engineering services for all of Cooper Lighting. Five diverse groups provide lighting layouts developed using proprietary lighting software, AutoCAD, Flash 2 product configurator, a web based application, and software development. Kiel's group also handles distribution and support of Luxicon 2, Cooper Lightings lighting software and Cooper Lightings Electronic Catalog. Kiel has attended many seminars such as the Dale Carnegie Course, Lighting Fundamentals in Commercial and Industrial Lighting and Fundamentals of Photometry. Kiel has also taught courses in Dbase III, Basics of Lighting, Ballast Basics, and written many papers on fluorescent lighting. Kiel has also chaired the Computer Advisory Board at South Georgia Technical College and was on the Advisory Board at Staley Middle School in Americus.

Bill Jackson graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science in the Spring of 1991. He is currently the President of Jackson Consulting, Tifton, GA, specializing in computer networks. Bill currently sits on the following boards and committees: Georgia Southwestern Department of Computer Science – Advisory Board; Tiftarea Technical School, Department of Computer Science – Advisory Board; City of Tifton, Fiber Optic Network – Advisory Board; Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence – Board of Directors. In addition, Bill is also a member of the Tifton Rotary Club and the Tifton / Tift County Chamber of Commerce. Bill is married to Donna Jackson and they have twin boys, Conner and Carter.

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