I have always loved math, thanks in large part to my wonderful high school advanced math teacher. In 1983, I began transitioning to computer science, finding that it was a nice way to apply all of the advanced problem solving techniques and creative thinking that goes with higher order math. I a strong interest in the visual arts and am sometimes a participant through painting and photography. I have degrees from Louisiana State University (B.S. in Mathematics Education), Ohio State University (M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science), and the University of Mississippi (Ph.D. in Engineering Science).
I taught high school math for one year at St. Amant High School in East Ascension Parish, Louisiana. From 1986-1988, I was a Member of Technical Staff with AT&T Bell Laboratories. I worked on a project called NetStar for British Telecom. This was an incredible professional experience, and it was wonderful to learn C and Unix right from the source.
My family and I moved to Oxford, Mississippi in 1988 where I began working with the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research supporting HPC researchers and applications. I began serving as the Director of Academic Computing in 1998, Assistant Vice Chancellor in 2003, and Chief Information Officer in 2006. I love my job in the Office of Information Technology and have thoroughly enjoyed UM's SAP project and the rich technology environment that it provides.
Currently, we are focused on accessibility, responsive design, and big data, e.g., HANA in-memory systems. In December 2015, we replaced the relational database that supports our ERP system with the HANA in-memory database. In Spring 2013, UM went live with a new campus website. IT provided the leadership for this project, working closely with campus constituencies and enlisting design support from Mercury Intermedia. The new website makes use of responsive design and employs the visual themes established in the Official Ole Miss App. In Fall 2014, we converted the campus portal, myOleMiss, over to the new look. I am proud of our advanced use of workflow, digital imaging, and other similar technologies for enhancing enterprise business processes.
I enjoy staying hands-on with technology and recently completed several MOOCs offered by openSAP focused on Software Development on HANA. A new MOOC focused on the Internet of Things begins in Fall 2016. I am active in EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and HERUG.
Kathryn F. Gates
University of Mississippi