Position Title: Software Engineer
Employer: Open Hand Atlanta / Good Measure Meals
Degree/Year: MSIS, 2008
“It seems like I took away something in every class I had - I'm hard pressed to find a class where I didn't pick up something useful.”
Alex Addison has been working in the information field since the age of 14, when he got a part-time archives job in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection. Though he didn't expect his archives work to continue, after he began his undergraduate work in political science at Rutgers, he drew on his experiences to land a position at the archives there, which continued after his graduation. He pursued his MSIS with a view to developing his archives work further, but Alex's professional interests shifted as he began to focus more on his aptitude for new technologies. While at the iSchool, Alex says, "It seems like I took away something in every class I had - I'm hard pressed to find a class where I didn't pick up something useful." Ones that particularly stood out were Mathematical Foundations of Information Studies and Life Cycle Metadata for Digital Objects. He also worked as a teaching assistant or "purpleshirt" in the IT lab.
Now, Alex is a systems analyst for the University of Texas System Administration in downtown Austin. Here he combines his archives background with his computer skills, administrating the legal server, which helps attorneys find documents, and manages the university's Filenet, which is used for long term retention of electronic documents.