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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Running The National Center For Information And Communication Technologies

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This executive director does a deep dive on what he does, how he got there and what he wishes he knew when he got started. This interview is a little long (5 minutes) but contains lots of accumulated wisdom!

Degree: Electrical Engineering Technologies/Technicians - Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
Job Title: Executive Director
Employer: National Center for Information and Communication Technologies

Job Summary: Chief Executives

Job Description

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and public or private-sector organizations.

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$75,000 - $170,000
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0 to 10 percent
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Full-time, Irregular
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Office, Travel, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
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Problem solving skills, Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills, Networking, Organizational skills

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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='630'>Ready?</span> </p><p><span m='1130'>Yeah.</span> </p><p><span m='1540'>OK.</span> <span m='1780'>My</span> <span m='1890'>current</span> <span m='2190'>job,</span> <span m='2530'>I'm</span> <span m='2710'>the</span> <span m='3100'>executive</span> <span m='3660'>director</span> <span m='4340'>of</span> <span m='4530'>the</span> <span m='4760'>National</span> <span m='5190'>Center</span> <span m='5730'>for</span> <span m='5860'>Information</span> <span m='6240'>and</span> <span m='6620'>Communications</span> <span m='7290'>Technologies.</span> <span m='8160'>We're</span> <span m='8500'>in</span> <span m='9070'>Springfield,</span> <span m='9160'>Massachusetts.</span> <span m='10490'>We're an</span> <span m='10840'>NSF</span> <span m='11630'>funded</span> <span m='12920'>resource</span> <span m='13420'>center,</span> <span m='14660'>and</span> <span m='15340'>our</span> <span m='15440'>focus</span> <span m='15830'>is</span> <span m='16000'>on</span> <span m='16219'>IT</span> <span m='16560'>and</span> <span m='16660'>communications.</span> <span m='17520'>We work</span> <span m='17790'>with</span> <span m='17930'>faculty,</span> <span m='21290'>introduce</span> <span m='21700'>them</span> <span m='21860'>to</span> <span m='21950'>new</span> <span m='22110'>and</span> <span m='22160'>emerging</span> <span m='22580'>technologies.</span> <span m='23320'>We</span> <span m='23470'>work</span> <span m='23660'>a</span> <span m='23710'>lot</span> <span m='23970'>with</span> <span m='24230'>business</span> <span m='24671'>and</span> <span m='25112'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='25553'>And</span> <span m='26876'>a big</span> <span m='27320'>part</span> <span m='27480'>of</span> <span m='27580'>our</span> <span m='27740'>work</span> <span m='28160'>is</span> <span m='28610'>conferences</span> <span m='29060'>like</span> <span m='29400'>these</span> <span m='29695'>where</span> <span m='29990'>we</span> <span m='30280'>get</span> <span m='30420'>faculty</span> <span m='30910'>together,</span> <span m='31280'>we</span> <span m='31410'>get</span> <span m='31530'>industry</span> <span m='31910'>people</span> <span m='32381'>together,</span> <span m='32852'>and</span> <span m='33323'>we get</span> <span m='33794'>people talking</span> <span m='34265'>to each other,</span> <span m='34740'>showing</span> <span m='35110'>the</span> <span m='35190'>kind</span> <span m='35420'>of</span> <span m='35690'>neat stuff</span> <span m='36080'>that they're</span> <span m='36500'>doing,</span> <span m='36920'>and</span> <span m='37470'>people</span> <span m='37620'>sharing</span> <span m='37990'>information</span> <span m='39070'>and</span> <span m='39360'>learning</span> <span m='40180'>about</span> <span m='40420'>new stuff.</span> <span m='41157'>It's a</span> <span m='41624'>fun</span> <span m='42091'>job.</span> <span m='44510'>Question</span> <span m='44840'>two?</span> <span m='45720'>Should</span> <span m='46207'>I</span> <span m='46694'>say that?</span> <span m='47668'>You can edit</span> <span m='48155'>it out.</span> </p><p><span m='51077'>All right.</span> <span m='51570'>My</span> <span m='51740'>career</span> <span m='52120'>and</span> <span m='52200'>educational</span> <span m='52485'>path</span> <span m='53150'>is</span> <span m='53300'>a</span> <span m='53370'>little</span> <span m='54810'>different,</span> <span m='55305'>I guess.</span> <span m='55800'>I</span> <span m='56470'>originally</span> <span m='58820'>graduated</span> <span m='59270'>from</span> <span m='59420'>the</span> <span m='59500'>University</span> <span m='59960'>of</span> <span m='60000'>Massachusetts</span> <span m='60970'>in</span> <span m='61470'>1979</span> <span m='63170'>with</span> <span m='63270'>a</span> <span m='63330'>degree</span> <span m='63640'>in</span> <span m='63770'>microbiology.</span> <span m='65960'>I</span> <span m='66080'>thought</span> <span m='66290'>I</span> <span m='66330'>wanted</span> <span m='66500'>to go</span> <span m='66620'>to medical</span> <span m='66997'>school at</span> <span m='67374'>the time.</span> <span m='68460'>I</span> <span m='68790'>didn't</span> <span m='69100'>get into</span> <span m='69150'>medical</span> <span m='69460'>school</span> <span m='69750'>the first</span> <span m='69990'>time</span> <span m='70250'>I</span> <span m='70570'>applied,</span> <span m='70910'>so</span> <span m='71300'>I</span> <span m='71620'>took</span> <span m='71790'>a</span> <span m='71850'>job</span> <span m='72440'>at</span> <span m='72550'>a</span> <span m='72640'>hospital</span> <span m='73570'>working</span> <span m='74060'>in a</span> <span m='74490'>microbiology</span> <span m='75320'>clinical</span> <span m='75690'>laboratory.</span> </p><p><span m='76960'>And I</span> <span m='77130'>found</span> <span m='77500'>out</span> <span m='77660'>I</span> <span m='78350'>did</span> <span m='78530'>not</span> <span m='78790'>like</span> <span m='79150'>the</span> <span m='82080'>hospital</span> <span m='82620'>environment</span> <span m='83230'>for</span> <span m='83350'>a</span> <span m='83410'>lot</span> <span m='83640'>of</span> <span m='83700'>reasons.</span> <span m='84210'>I</span> <span m='84480'>think</span> <span m='84670'>the</span> <span m='84760'>thing</span> <span m='84990'>that</span> <span m='85275'>bothered</span> <span m='85560'>me most</span> <span m='85800'>was</span> <span m='86160'>the</span> <span m='86280'>hours.</span> <span m='87265'>I didn't like</span> <span m='87630'>working</span> <span m='87940'>evenings,</span> <span m='88460'>I didn't</span> <span m='88740'>like working</span> <span m='89020'>weekends</span> <span m='89640'>and the</span> <span m='89760'>holidays</span> <span m='90145'>and</span> <span m='90530'>those</span> <span m='90770'>kinds</span> <span m='91040'>of</span> <span m='91100'>things.</span> <span m='92000'>And at</span> <span m='92350'>the</span> <span m='92460'>time,</span> <span m='92870'>we</span> <span m='93010'>were</span> <span m='93130'>testing</span> <span m='96330'>something</span> <span m='96520'>called</span> <span m='96620'>a</span> <span m='97035'>Vitek.</span> <span m='97450'>It</span> <span m='97580'>was</span> <span m='97710'>a</span> <span m='97770'>machine</span> <span m='98290'>that</span> <span m='99550'>McDonnell</span> <span m='100100'>Douglas</span> <span m='100480'>had</span> <span m='100660'>made.</span> </p><p><span m='100930'>It</span> <span m='101390'>was</span> <span m='101570'>a</span> <span m='101620'>biological</span> <span m='102260'>sampling</span> <span m='102870'>machine</span> <span m='103540'>that</span> <span m='103740'>they</span> <span m='103880'>sent</span> <span m='104310'>up</span> <span m='104660'>on</span> <span m='104990'>a</span> <span m='105040'>spacecraft</span> <span m='105425'>to</span> <span m='105810'>Mars.</span> <span m='106870'>This thing</span> <span m='107200'>was designed</span> <span m='107640'>to send to</span> <span m='107980'>Mars.</span> <span m='108890'>And</span> <span m='109180'>what</span> <span m='109450'>it</span> <span m='109560'>did was</span> <span m='111700'>bacteria</span> <span m='112290'>culturing.</span> <span m='113920'>It had</span> <span m='114200'>this little</span> <span m='114300'>robotic</span> <span m='114850'>arm</span> <span m='115180'>that</span> <span m='115380'>reached</span> <span m='115710'>out,</span> <span m='115930'>it would</span> <span m='116420'>take</span> <span m='116670'>a</span> <span m='116730'>sample,</span> <span m='117390'>and then</span> <span m='117780'>it would do all these</span> <span m='118170'>biochemical</span> <span m='118860'>tests</span> <span m='119230'>to</span> <span m='119320'>determine</span> <span m='119730'>if</span> <span m='119870'>there</span> <span m='120000'>was</span> <span m='120180'>any</span> <span m='120780'>biological</span> <span m='121440'>life</span> <span m='121670'>on</span> <span m='122100'>Mars.</span> </p><p><span m='122960'>And</span> <span m='123820'>we</span> <span m='123970'>were</span> <span m='124260'>running</span> <span m='124750'>the</span> <span m='127550'>prototype</span> <span m='127880'>in our</span> <span m='128210'>lab,</span> <span m='129094'>and the</span> <span m='129536'>engineers would</span> <span m='129979'>come in,</span> <span m='130299'>and they</span> <span m='131039'>were</span> <span m='131380'>having</span> <span m='131490'>all</span> <span m='131760'>kinds</span> <span m='131890'>of problems</span> <span m='132165'>with</span> <span m='132440'>this</span> <span m='132660'>thing.</span> <span m='133020'>They</span> <span m='133380'>couldn't</span> <span m='133600'>get</span> <span m='133840'>it to</span> <span m='133930'>work,</span> <span m='134410'>it</span> <span m='134720'>wasn't</span> <span m='134940'>working</span> <span m='135270'>right,</span> <span m='135620'>they were</span> <span m='135820'>having</span> <span m='135980'>all</span> <span m='136070'>kinds</span> <span m='136320'>of</span> <span m='136390'>trouble</span> <span m='136690'>with</span> <span m='136830'>timing,</span> <span m='137460'>there was</span> <span m='137866'>incubation</span> <span m='138272'>and all these</span> <span m='138680'>things</span> <span m='138950'>going</span> <span m='139230'>on.</span> <span m='139720'>So</span> <span m='140000'>I</span> <span m='141450'>got</span> <span m='141640'>to</span> <span m='141800'>know a</span> <span m='141870'>couple of the</span> <span m='142180'>engineers.</span> <span m='145525'>And</span> <span m='145980'>I</span> <span m='146070'>started</span> <span m='146430'>looking</span> <span m='146850'>at</span> <span m='147265'>the code.</span> </p><p><span m='148095'>I didn't</span> <span m='148510'>have any programming background</span> <span m='149010'>or</span> <span m='149090'>experience,</span> <span m='149810'>but</span> <span m='152230'>I</span> <span m='152410'>was</span> <span m='152580'>able</span> <span m='152780'>to</span> <span m='152880'>actually</span> <span m='153420'>take</span> <span m='153730'>some</span> <span m='153910'>of their</span> <span m='154120'>code</span> <span m='154700'>that</span> <span m='154850'>was</span> <span m='155010'>controlling</span> <span m='155510'>this</span> <span m='155730'>device</span> <span m='156270'>and</span> <span m='156430'>move</span> <span m='156670'>some</span> <span m='156950'>lines</span> <span m='157320'>around</span> <span m='157660'>in the</span> <span m='158133'>code</span> <span m='158606'>that</span> <span m='159079'>they'd been</span> <span m='159552'>trying</span> <span m='160025'>to figure out what</span> <span m='160498'>to do for weeks</span> <span m='160971'>and weeks</span> <span m='161444'>and they couldn't</span> <span m='161917'>get it to</span> <span m='162390'>work.</span> <span m='163336'>But</span> <span m='163820'>I</span> <span m='163900'>remember</span> <span m='164160'>telling</span> <span m='164410'>the engineer,</span> <span m='164760'>oh,</span> <span m='165110'>you've</span> <span m='165330'>got to just</span> <span m='165520'>take</span> <span m='165700'>this</span> <span m='166920'>line</span> <span m='167160'>of</span> <span m='167220'>code</span> <span m='167540'>and</span> <span m='167830'>move it</span> <span m='167930'>right</span> <span m='168210'>here,</span> <span m='168500'>and</span> <span m='168660'>that'll</span> <span m='168850'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='169500'>And they're</span> <span m='169690'>like yeah,</span> <span m='169950'>yeah,</span> <span m='170210'>yeah.</span> <span m='170490'>And</span> <span m='170890'>they</span> <span m='171020'>tried</span> <span m='171310'>it and it</span> <span m='171490'>worked.</span> <span m='174310'>So</span> <span m='174710'>I said,</span> <span m='174980'>oh,</span> <span m='175250'>this</span> <span m='175530'>is</span> <span m='175630'>pretty</span> <span m='175830'>interesting.</span> <span m='176220'>I</span> <span m='176240'>like</span> <span m='176460'>this</span> <span m='176540'>stuff.</span> <span m='177300'>I</span> <span m='177420'>like</span> <span m='177710'>the</span> <span m='178560'>computer</span> <span m='178900'>stuff,</span> <span m='179150'>I like</span> <span m='179530'>the</span> <span m='179910'>code</span> <span m='180070'>stuff.</span> <span m='180445'>The IBM</span> <span m='180820'>PCs</span> <span m='181210'>were</span> <span m='181290'>just</span> <span m='181500'>coming</span> <span m='181760'>out,</span> <span m='182250'>so</span> <span m='182560'>I</span> <span m='184810'>applied to</span> <span m='184880'>graduate</span> <span m='185320'>school</span> <span m='185580'>for</span> <span m='185820'>electrical</span> <span m='186100'>engineering</span> <span m='186470'>and</span> <span m='186840'>did</span> <span m='187210'>a</span> <span m='187280'>complete</span> <span m='187720'>180</span> <span m='189350'>and went from</span> <span m='189450'>microbiology</span> <span m='190290'>into</span> <span m='190600'>electrical</span> <span m='190910'>engineering.</span> </p><p><span m='191380'>So</span> <span m='191480'>that's</span> <span m='191690'>how</span> <span m='191780'>I got</span> <span m='192230'>into</span> <span m='192680'>this and ended up with a</span> <span m='193130'>master's</span> <span m='193580'>degree</span> <span m='193850'>in</span> <span m='194312'>electrical</span> <span m='194774'>engineering.</span> <span m='196160'>And</span> <span m='197090'>I've</span> <span m='198480'>I was</span> <span m='198630'>faculty</span> <span m='199050'>for</span> <span m='199170'>a</span> <span m='199220'>long</span> <span m='199410'>time,</span> <span m='199710'>and I've</span> <span m='199830'>been</span> <span m='199970'>at</span> <span m='200130'>this</span> <span m='200310'>job</span> <span m='200580'>now</span> <span m='202220'>as</span> <span m='202410'>director</span> <span m='202910'>since</span> <span m='203160'>2001.</span> <span m='204425'>I've gone through</span> <span m='204780'>all</span> <span m='205060'>kinds</span> <span m='205310'>of</span> <span m='205390'>changes,</span> <span m='206640'>dot com</span> <span m='207070'>bust and</span> <span m='207130'>all</span> <span m='207340'>that</span> <span m='207760'>crazy</span> <span m='208110'>stuff.</span> <span m='209550'>But</span> <span m='210000'>we've</span> <span m='210180'>been</span> <span m='210310'>able</span> <span m='210460'>to</span> <span m='210570'>reinvent</span> <span m='211070'>ourselves</span> <span m='211920'>constantly</span> <span m='214070'>and</span> <span m='214210'>keep</span> <span m='214420'>up</span> <span m='214520'>to</span> <span m='214620'>date</span> <span m='214830'>and</span> <span m='215000'>new emerging</span> <span m='215370'>technologies.</span> </p><p><span m='215870'>And</span> <span m='215970'>I</span> <span m='216060'>think</span> <span m='216290'>that</span> <span m='216610'>that</span> <span m='216830'>microbiology</span> <span m='217580'>background</span> <span m='218840'>taught</span> <span m='219080'>me</span> <span m='219160'>to</span> <span m='219240'>think</span> <span m='219460'>on</span> <span m='219570'>a</span> <span m='219620'>system</span> <span m='220100'>level,</span> <span m='220600'>which</span> <span m='221125'>I thought</span> <span m='221420'>was</span> <span m='221530'>pretty</span> <span m='221750'>interesting.</span> <span m='222220'>So</span> <span m='223770'>I</span> <span m='224115'>can</span> <span m='224460'>think</span> <span m='224750'>on a</span> <span m='224820'>system</span> <span m='225180'>level</span> <span m='225940'>and</span> <span m='226700'>think</span> <span m='226920'>and</span> <span m='227040'>tackle the</span> <span m='227400'>terms</span> <span m='227810'>now</span> <span m='228000'>with the</span> <span m='228483'>engineering</span> <span m='228966'>background.</span> <span m='229450'>So that's</span> <span m='229730'>been</span> <span m='230170'>pretty</span> <span m='230465'>neat.</span> <span m='230760'>It's been</span> <span m='231085'>a lot</span> <span m='231410'>of fun.</span> <span m='231730'>So,</span> <span m='232790'>what</span> <span m='232990'>do</span> <span m='233070'>I</span> <span m='233440'>wish</span> <span m='233700'>I</span> <span m='233780'>knew</span> <span m='234410'>when</span> <span m='235000'>I</span> <span m='235070'>first</span> <span m='235300'>started</span> <span m='235580'>my</span> <span m='235700'>career?</span> <span m='237590'>You know,</span> <span m='237830'>I</span> <span m='238295'>don't</span> <span m='238760'>know.</span> </p><p><span m='244140'>That's</span> <span m='244360'>a</span> <span m='244410'>very</span> <span m='244590'>difficult</span> <span m='244950'>question</span> <span m='245300'>for</span> <span m='245490'>me,</span> <span m='245730'>because</span> <span m='246040'>I</span> <span m='246930'>feel</span> <span m='247300'>if</span> <span m='247470'>I</span> <span m='247580'>had</span> <span m='248600'>maybe</span> <span m='248990'>known a</span> <span m='249170'>little</span> <span m='249380'>more,</span> <span m='250180'>maybe</span> <span m='250330'>I</span> <span m='250440'>would</span> <span m='250560'>have</span> <span m='250680'>done</span> <span m='250860'>some</span> <span m='251030'>things</span> <span m='251310'>different,</span> <span m='251760'>but</span> <span m='252100'>maybe</span> <span m='252360'>I wouldn't have had</span> <span m='252670'>as</span> <span m='252880'>much</span> <span m='253150'>fun.</span> <span m='253420'>I</span> <span m='253440'>think</span> <span m='253650'>I've</span> <span m='253750'>had a</span> <span m='253950'>good</span> <span m='254150'>career</span> <span m='254480'>so</span> <span m='254640'>far.</span> <span m='255410'>I'm getting</span> <span m='255600'>up</span> <span m='255720'>there</span> <span m='255880'>in</span> <span m='255950'>age.</span> <span m='256279'>I'm going</span> <span m='256430'>to</span> <span m='256846'>be</span> <span m='257262'>55</span> <span m='257680'>next</span> <span m='257700'>month,</span> <span m='258170'>so I'm</span> <span m='258460'>thinking</span> <span m='258750'>about</span> <span m='259010'>retirement</span> <span m='259490'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='261510'>I</span> <span m='261640'>guess</span> <span m='262550'>I</span> <span m='262620'>wish</span> <span m='262880'>I</span> <span m='262950'>knew</span> <span m='263090'>how</span> <span m='263230'>fast</span> <span m='264600'>this</span> <span m='264750'>whole</span> <span m='264940'>thing</span> <span m='265170'>was</span> <span m='265290'>going</span> <span m='265420'>to</span> <span m='265470'>go,</span> <span m='266516'>going</span> <span m='266920'>from</span> <span m='267150'>my</span> <span m='267710'>early</span> <span m='268010'>20s</span> <span m='268310'>just</span> <span m='268610'>starting</span> <span m='268960'>out</span> <span m='269423'>to</span> <span m='269886'>now</span> <span m='270350'>55.</span> <span m='273490'>I</span> <span m='273590'>wish</span> <span m='273760'>I</span> <span m='273830'>had</span> <span m='273950'>more</span> <span m='274090'>time.</span> <span m='276750'>Time</span> <span m='277130'>is</span> <span m='277517'>very</span> <span m='277904'>valuable,</span> <span m='278291'>and</span> <span m='278680'>I</span> <span m='278770'>would</span> <span m='278910'>encourage</span> <span m='279280'>people</span> <span m='279520'>to</span> <span m='279560'>use</span> <span m='279790'>their</span> <span m='279910'>time.</span> <span m='280670'>You</span> <span m='281100'>young guys</span> <span m='282030'>especially.</span> <span m='282900'>Use your</span> <span m='283160'>time</span> <span m='283420'>wisely</span> <span m='283970'>and</span> <span m='284985'>just</span> <span m='285400'>enjoy</span> <span m='285800'>it.</span> <span m='287600'>As</span> <span m='287760'>you're</span> <span m='287850'>going</span> <span m='288140'>along,</span> <span m='288370'>don't</span> <span m='288500'>get yourself</span> <span m='288920'>too</span> <span m='289150'>stressed</span> <span m='289570'>out.</span> <span m='290470'>Enjoy</span> <span m='290770'>the</span> <span m='291070'>ride.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167801,"video_id":"2733400225001","name":"124771417","duration":292617,"thumbnail_url":null}});