School of Public Health IIS Staff Members Win Campus Awards
|May 23, 2006|
|Two members of the School of Public Health’s Instructional and Information Systems (IIS) department have won the UNC Information Technology Awards for 2006.Charles Ayres and Jeno Bratts won individual awards from their information technology peers across campus at the 14th annual UNC Information Technology Awards. They were two of 13 individual award winners, chosen from 1,000 information technology staffers across the campus.
Ayres is database administrator for the School as well as all-around trouble-shooter in the dozen different technologies in use. He was lauded for his teamwork and mentoring of colleagues.
Bratts manages the IIS group that runs the School’s data center – a complex of dozens of servers, switches, and other devices – used by all faculty, students, and staff every day. His award noted his courage in saving equipment during a fire in Rosenau Hall earlier this year. He and his staff followed prepared emergency procedures to shutdown all the center’s devices before they overheated saving more than a million dollars of hardware.
Additionally, David Potenziani, IIS Director, gave the keynote address at the ceremony. He called for accelerating IT innovation at UNC by embracing open source technologies and empowering users to participate in accelerating change. Speaking to an audience of more than 400 IT professionals from across campus, he highlighted the role of information technology innovation as an engine for educational change.
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