Moving Up

I am pleased to announce that effective March 21, 2011, I will be the *Associate Director of Design and Development* at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. (This will be my fifth position since I joined WCMC in 2004.)

While I traditionally have had trouble describing what exactly it is I do professionally, the specifics this time are quite clear: I will be leading a team of ~25 talented designers, programmers, administrators and managers in providing web solutions for both the college and the hospital. This is a massive undertaking to say the least, with a lot of work ahead to get my bearings and start forming a robust vision for web strategy at both institutions.

That said, I’m incredibly excited and humbled by the opportunity, and can’t wait to get started.


Shooting The Bullshot

Activision had posted a job opening for an “Art Services Screenshot Associate“. Among the many bullet points of requirements (four year degree!) and job duties was this gem:

Perform advanced retouching of screenshots and teach skills to others as needed.

This sort of “honesty” from Activision is becoming more and more common. I look forward to the inevitable “Game Reviewer Bullying Associate” position getting posted.
But this isn’t a post to knock Activision around again. This is about career paths.

Found Reflected


It’s been nearly four years since I joined the staff of Weill Cornell Medical College. In that time I’ve held three different titles and worked on over what feels like a hundred projects.

The first project I worked on, the one I was hired for, has stuck with me through all four years. In one capacity or another, I’ve always had a hand in the WCMC Elearning team, supporting the curriculum efforts at the Qatar branch of the Medical College. In the spirit of honesty, it hasn’t been my favorite project over the years: an operational effort that rarely gets acknowledged for keeping things running, but the first under fire when it falls apart. It’s been a rough existence, fighting with 270 millisecond latency and MPEG-4 encoders. (Good thing we’re not streaming live 99% of the time.)

On May 8th, the very first class of students graduated from WCMC-Q. This is the first time an American medical school has awarded M.D. degrees outside of US borders. These are the students that my work went towards teaching for those first two years when I was most involved with the project.

I’m proud to have been a part of this effort, knowing that it has achieved substantial good in the world. And I’m proud of the team I’ve worked with over those four years to help make fifteen students halfway around the world make history.