Mont Alto to host TechPros Conference, sponsored by Dell
Penn State Mont Alto will welcome approximately 100 Information Technology (IT) professionals from 19 campuses across the University this week for the first-ever TechPros Conference, a conference dedicated to frontline and backroom technical employees at the campuses. TechPros stands for Technology Professionals. Title sponsor Dell, along with nine others sponsors, has made it possible for IT professionals to attend at no cost.
Organized by a steering committee headed by Dan Mroz, Mont Alto’s director of IT, the conference’s keynote address will be given by Kevin Morooney, vice provost for IT at University Park. According to the committee, “There are a number of common problems at [the] campuses but also great ideas that conquer those issues. [The conference provides a] platform to share those solutions and showcase best practices so that we all can benefit from and improve IT across the University.”
Mroz added, “The TechPros Conference is unique in that it brings together a target audience that otherwise may not have an opportunity to network and share ideas and innovative solutions they have created within their respective unit. It also gives professionals from across the University the opportunity to visit campuses they otherwise may never get to see. There are over 1,200 IT professionals across the University making it a major challenge to find ways to communicate and share ideas effectively. The TechPros Conference is one avenue we hope can foster new beneficial relationships and ideas that have long-standing affects on the University.”
The conference consists of two specific tracks, one customer facing, customer service and user need focused, and the other technically orientated with a focus on infrastructure and network and system administration. It will be held May 19 and 20 at Penn State Mont Alto. Conference organizers hope this first-ever TechPros Conference will live in perpetuity and travel to a different campus each year.