Systems administrator cuts queries from hours to seconds
Joel Mathias likes things to run faster. As a systems administrator in Information Technology, he is able to write code that will speed up many processes for his clients on campus. His talents earned him the Staff Employee of the Month award for February 2011.
"I wrote a query that was taking hours to run," said SEOM nominator Jaimie Allen, Fiscal and Compliance Services. "He noticed it and helped me rewrite the code to make it run in a few seconds!"
"Joel is one of the most knowledgeable resources on this campus," said Shawn Ferguson, Mathias' supervisor. "He shows his dedication every day by giving suggestions for improvements, or pointing out things that could become issues before they arise," he said.
"Joel also improved the performance of the financial aid transmittal process, which saves me a couple of hours and a lot of frustration," said Allen. "He says he's just doing his job, but he really does go above and beyond."
Mathias worked at Columbus State for seven years in the 90s before being hired by a private firm called Compuware. The company placed him back on the campus in 2002 and a year later he was rehired by Columbus State. He has worked as a microcomputer specialist, programmer analyst, database administrator, application developer and is currently a systems administrator for database environments.
Mathias and his wife Jami are cat people—they have five cats, two of which he found abandoned as newborns on his front steps. Not surprisingly, he likes to work on computers at home, too, but he also likes to draw, write, play soccer and ice hockey to keep things interesting!