You've got an unusual job at MUSC. How do you describe what you do to people you've just met?
I tell them I'm the guy who punches the cards for the giant mainframes. No one has ever called me on it...
Ha ha. Now please tell the nice people your job title and what you do for a living.
My actual job title is something boring like "Analyst" (that's one of the reasons I ordered MUSC business cards that say "Emerging Technology Engineer," which is fairly meaningless but sounds more exciting). My coworkers and I look for ways to apply new technology to both general problems at MUSC as well as individual problems faced by researchers and pedagogues. This could involve everything from setting up a social networking site with Google maps to connect employees wishing to carpool, to setting up a system to allow scientists to perform experiments thousands of miles away.
Tell us about growing up here and why you still live on James Island.
I still live on James Island because rent is cheap and I have retained a natural affinity toward the island's intractable, rebellious, freedom-loving personality.
What is Butterfat LLC and how did it come into being?
Butterfat, LLC is a group of problem solvers for hire. The three members (Matthew Gregg, Christopher Zorn, and I) are also coworkers at MUSC. There are only two card punching machines, though, which means we fight a lot.