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New Staff Introductions

To all of our new colleagues, welcome to Northwestern Information Technology. You have joined a community that is built upon a culture of collaboration and service excellence, and we are excited you are here!

To submit a new staff introduction, email Northwestern IT Communications.

Damir Krstic

December 2, 2019 | Manager of Research Computing Infrastructure, Cyber Processing and Information Platform Services, Cyberinfrastructure

Damir returned to Northwestern IT as manager of research computing infrastructure on Monday, December 2. In his role, Damir will focus on leading the team responsible for the research computing infrastructure, and he will also participate in ongoing initiatives related to Cloud governance.



Saumit Sheth

November 25, 2019 | Developer, Application Development and Operations, Administrative Systems

Saumit joined Northwestern IT as a developer on Monday, November 25, and is working with the EACD team within Application Development and Operations. Saumit holds an MS from Marquette University and has worked for several years in application development, bringing a comprehensive range of knowledge and practice in web, unit testing, and API development. In his role, Saumit will work to support the custom-developed applications in the student and human resources areas.



Kevin Luu

November 18, 2019 | Data Center Technician, Cyberinfrastructure Service Operation

Kevin joined Northwestern IT as a data center technician on Monday, November 18, and is working with the 24/7 Service Operation Center (SOC). Kevin graduated in May 2019 from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science and Minor in Global Asian Studies. Kevin joins the 24/7 SOC providing onsite support for day-to-day delivery of cyberinfrastructure services.



Colby Witherup Wood

October 1, 2019 | Data Scientist, Research Computing Services, IT Services and Support

Colby joined Northwestern IT as a data scientist on Tuesday, October 1. She is a member of Research Computing Services, where she most recently served as a graduate student data science consultant. Now a full-time staff member, Colby is expanding the work she started in her previous role. She will help researchers solve their data collection, analysis, visualization, and programming problems through consultations and project collaborations. She will also develop and teach workshops for our research community to help researchers expand their data science skillsets.



Don Jeske

September 23, 2019 | Senior Network Engineer, Telecommunications and Network Services, Cyberinfrastructure

Don joined Northwestern IT as a senior network engineer on Monday, September 23, and is working on the Telecommunications and Network Services team. He has more than 20 years of networking experience and brings expertise in a number of critical technologies, including firewalls, load balancers, and data center networking.



Natelle Ziegler

September 3, 2019 | Developer, Application Development and Operations, Administrative Systems

Natelle joined Northwestern IT as a developer on Tuesday, September 3, and is working with the EACD team within Application Development and Operations. Natelle recently relocated to Chicago from Pittsburgh, where she held several positions leveraging her skills in PL/SQL, Java, PHP, and JavaScript. She holds a BA in film studies from the University of Pittsburgh, in addition to her computer science coursework.



Colom Boyle

August 26, 2019 | Developer Associate, Application Development and Operations, Administrative Systems

Colom joined Northwestern IT as a developer associate on Monday, August 26. He is working with the ESAF-Technical team within Application Development and Operations and shadowing finance technical team members across all functional and technical areas, working on both production support and project work. Colom graduated from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, with a degree in computer science. Before joining Northwestern, he worked in Java, Spring, Hibernate, JavaScript, AJAX, SCSS, and Bootstrap in his capstone project.



Rachel Goc

August 19, 2019 | Learning Technologist, Teaching & Learning Technologies, IT Services and Support

Rachel joined Northwestern IT's Teaching & Learning Technologies team as a learning technologist on Monday, August 19. In her role, she will work with the learning technology team and focus on Canvas, specifically training, documentation, and troubleshooting. She will also participate in Teaching & Learning Technologies activities intended to engage faculty in learning about teaching with technology, including a speaker series and TEACHx.

Rachel joins the team from Weinberg IT. She has a background in communication and a wide range of project management, documentation, workshop, event planning, and assessment skills. She joined the IT industry after finishing a PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin.



Anna Luce

August 19, 2019 | Learning Engineer, Teaching & Learning Technologies, IT Services and Support

Anna joined Northwestern IT's Teaching & Learning Technologies team as a learning engineer on Monday, August 19. Anna is working with faculty to perfect their blended and online courses and programs. She most recently served as the sole instructional designer for the professional master's program at Loyola University Chicago's School of Law. Before joining Loyola, she worked in the instructional technology area at DePaul University, assisting faculty with their face-to-face, blended, and online courses.

Coming to Northwestern is a homecoming for Anna, as she started in the Human Resources area as a learning and organizational development specialist.



Aline Munyansanga

August 12, 2019 | Program Administrator, Research Computing Services, IT Services and Support

Aline joined Northwestern IT as a program administrator in Research Computing Services (RCS) on Monday, August 12. Aline will support the effective delivery of research computing services and training through engagement and ensuring alignment within IT and across our broader community. She will also provide support and guidance for maturing project management and resourcing methods and will be identifying opportunities for operational efficiency. Aline is responsible for overseeing strategic planning processes, budget processes, ensuring RCS delivers against its stated goals, and she will also oversee community engagement efforts like Computational Research Day.

Before joining Northwestern, Aline worked as a capital manager and business continuity coordinator at CVS. Prior to that, she served as a program coordinator within the School of Communications’s External Programs, Internships, and Career Services (EPICS) team at Northwestern.



Kevin Green

August 12, 2019 | Associate Developer, Data Management and Analytics, Administrative Systems

Kevin joined Northwestern IT as an associate developer on Monday, August 12 and is working with the Extract, Transform, and Load team. Kevin joins us from e-Con Solutions where he served as a software consultant. He has also worked with Oracle and Northshore University Health System and is an Oracle and Cisco Certified Associate.



Maxwell Krueger

August 5, 2019 | Associate Developer, Data Management and Analytics, Administrative Systems

Maxwell (Max) joined Northwestern IT as an associate developer on Monday, August 5 and is working on the Data Management and Analytics Extract, Transform, and Load technical team. Before joining Northwestern IT, Max worked for the Feinberg School of Medicine's Department of Medical Social Sciences. He has also served as assistant to the capital accountant and as a financial assistant for other Northwestern units. Max possesses knowledge of project management, database management, customer relationship management, and web-based applications.



Haroon Rashid

August 1, 2019 | Developer, Application Development and Operations, Administrative Systems

Haroon joined Northwestern IT as a developer on Thursday, August 1, within Application Development and Operations. His work is centered on the CAESAR financial aid system. Before joining Northwestern, Haroon worked as an application developer for the PeopleSoft Financials system at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City. He also has experience developing, testing, and implementing ongoing enhancements and maintenance for PeopleSoft.



Evett Marban

July 29, 2019 | Systems Analyst Associate, Enterprise Systems: Human Resources and Student, Administrative Systems

Evett joined Northwestern IT as a systems analyst associate on Monday, July 29. She comes from DePaul University, where she served as an HR central specialist and a subject-matter expert on human resources end-to-end functional processes. Evett has experience working with PeopleSoft modules, including core human resources transactions, talent acquisition, help desk, and other areas. She also worked closely with DePaul's HRIS and IT groups related to requirements definition, configuration, testing, and troubleshooting of their PeopleSoft system.



Julian Lara Mendez

July 29, 2019 | Student Worker, Information Security Office

Julian joined Northwestern IT as a student worker in the Information Security Office on Monday, July 29. He will assist the team in their use of Splunk to detect malicious activity and Qualys, part of the office's vulnerability assessment program. Julian comes to Northwestern from Year Up Chicago, where he is enrolled in the cybersecurity track.

Julian's passion for technology and programming originates from his passion for environmental work. He completed multiple internships in which he researched city-wide environmental issues, collected responses and data, and then organized that data. Because of that experience, he realizes the importance of data integrity and security risks worth addressing. His professional goal is to strengthen security fundamentals and make it easier for organizations and individuals to secure confidential data and prevent unauthorized access from attackers.



Ann Anderson

July 22, 2019 | Systems Analyst, Enterprise Systems: Human Resources and Student, Administrative Systems

Ann joined Northwestern IT as a systems analyst on Monday, July 22. While new to Northwestern IT, Ann has been with the University since 2013. Before joining us, Ann worked in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and most recently in McCormick's Office of Undergraduate Engineering as the lead for human resources, operations, and event management. She has experience with myHR, Kronos, CAESAR, NUFinancials, AdviseStream, OnBase, and other systems. She also participated in the design and implementation of the undergraduate online catalog with the Office of the Registrar and its vendor, Leepfrog Technologies.



Ashley Xu

July 15, 2019 | Developer Associate, Application Development and Operations, Administrative Systems

Ashley joined Northwestern IT as a developer associate on Monday, July 15. Before joining Northwestern, she worked as an application developer at Do it Best Corp. A graduate of Purdue University Fort Wayne, Ashley will shadow the myHR technical team members across all functional and technical areas, working on both production support and project work.

Last Updated: 4 December 2019

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