A passage to Gallaudet University

The i’s have been dotted and the t’s have been crossed. It’s now official that I will be joining the Information Technology team at Gallaudet University this October. Gallaudet University has always been on the list of places where I would like to work. After several meetings with Jon Mitchiner and getting rave reviews about him from others, the positive vibes tell me that I’m on the right path. I came away impressed with the network infrastructure changes the Gallaudet IT team has made over time, and I’m looking forward to working with them. Among the compelling projects I’ll be focusing on will be building the new disaster recovery datacenter and migrating the Peoplesoft business system to a different hardware/OS platform.

It will be hard to leave Viable Communications, where I’ve been for the last two years. I’ve been lucky to work with people of very high caliber who made possible innovative products, such as the VPAD. I’ve learned a lot from the capable IT team; dealing with a complicated network infrastructure, the engineers who can handle all the gritty details of VoIP signaling and embedded systems, PR/media team who have output some of the most dazzling video/advertisements seen in the VRS industry, and other strong operational people. I’ve also had the privilege of meeting many Viable interpreters in person and they are all an outstanding and talented bunch of people.

While it’s well known that Viable is currently in a difficult financial predicament, I sincerely hope that the planned acquisition by Snap will be completed and both companies will emerge stronger as a result. Despite what some of the current sentiment might be, Viable still has remarkable people and resources. Everyone at Viable took a risk in joining a young start-up company because they could see the impact the company could have on deaf community. With the Snap acquisition, they will be able to right the boat and set sail again.

I wish the very best to Viable/Snap people as they get through this difficult transition and have confidence they will be able to see this through. If you are at Gallaudet University, feel free to meet me at EMG building- I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces there and meeting new ones!

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