Marty Bright joined the Unidata Program Center as a System Administrator on July 28, 2014. Along with his cheerful disposition, he brings some 25 years' experience in the design, implementation, and support of complex information systems. Marty had actually been working at the UPC on a contract basis since April 2014, and has now consented to join the staff as a full-time employee.
Prior to coming to the UPC, Marty helped support the Adams 12 school district in Colorado, where he was responsible for troubleshooting hardware and software issues for a network of several thousand personal computers. Along the way he developed expertise in dealing with numerous operating sytems, server hardware, virtualization technologies, and networking gear.
“As passionate as I am about IT, I am most passionate about customer service,” says Marty. It's a sentiment that matches up well with Unidata's role in serving the wider geosciences community. Of his reasons for wanting to join the UPC staff, Marty notes “The staff is so very committed and passionate about what they do, so of course I want to match that commitment.”
Marty describes himself as the son of a 2nd generation Coloradan and the grandson of a sharecropper. “I always keep in mind I am just one generation from the farm,” he says, “and that work ethic has guided me well.” When not wrangling computers at the office, Marty enjoys tinkering with old model trains as well as listening to and playing music.
Please join us in welcoming Marty to the Unidata Program Center!