Campus Closeup: Jeff Wommer
Nature meets technology in Jeff Wommer's (Academic Computing) office. Several plants spread throughout the room lend color and balance to the five black ThinkPads and four monitors that typically sit atop his desk.
If Wommer's name seems familiar, that's because it once graced the frequent e-mails regarding antivirus software updates. He's still responsible for sending out those notices.
Wommer also creates software images for the ThinkPads. For example, he created the program that allows users to create IDs and passwords when they initialize their laptops. Most of the programs he writes are for new computers before they are distributed. Wommer also works on server maintenance.
“We work with so many different kinds of servers and different operating systems. It’s never the same old thing; we’re always on the move and learning in this department,” Wommer said.
His other duties include assisting with repairs at the Help Desk, ensuring that Web pages can be viewed correctly and that files are downloadable, and working to keep e-mail send and receive processes running smoothly.
Wommer's affinity for computers can be traced back to high school, when he got his first desktop. He began working in Academic Computing as an undergrad in 1998 and accepted a full-time position as a PC technician after his 2000 graduation.
“Lucky for me, my job is exactly what I want to do. I couldn’t be happier, job-wise,” Wommer said.
He may spend his working hours indoors surrounded by computers, but in his free time Wommer opts for the outdoors. He enjoys walking, camping, swimming, fishing and hunting. The Negaunee native married his high-school sweetheart, Tamara. They have a puppy, Tatum, an Old English name meaning "bringer of joy." They are also expecting their firstborn son within the month.