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Clarkson University's Fanelli Earns IT Certification

Whether he's working, studying or teaching, Timothy Fanelli of Clarkson University is connected with computers. An instructor as well as a graduate student, he's also a consulting IT specialist who helps IBM mainframe customers modernize their software infrastructure.

Timothy FanelliNow his professional and academic worlds have overlapped again. Already a Certified IT Specialist: Application Development, Fanelli recently received his Master IT Specialist certification through the OpenGroup CITS program. A global, independent consortium that creates standards and best practices for technical professionals in a number of fields, OpenGroup is recognized by major global corporations like IBM, HP, Oracle, and Phillips.

“Their IT Specialist certification is a board-reviewed certification that looks at my entire career history, leadership, contributions, and technical expertise in my field,” says Fanelli. “This new certification recognizes my technical expertise and leadership, as well as my contributions in teaching, and engaging students at Clarkson.”

Raised just outside of New York City, Fanelli says he fell in love with the North Country when he attended Clarkson, where he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees. He started teaching in 2006 as an instructor, and then enrolled in electrical & computer engineering Ph.D. program a couple of years later. With Potsdam as his home base, he travels for work, pursues his studies, and teaches in the electrical and computer engineering program.

“My job with IBM is to help customers adopt newer practices. It's estimated that 95 percent of Fortune 500 customers use the IBM mainframe,” he says. “This is the 50th anniversary of the IBM mainframe and lot of software written 30 years ago is still running. Software evolves, though, so people need to think about it differently and integrate it.”

His outside work enables him to bring the real world into his classroom. Amid all the hard science, Fanelli and his students have the opportunity to experience creation.

“They do some programming and software architecture. In our software engineering junior lab, they invent new software, carrying the project through from idea to inception and eventually to a marketable product,” Fanelli says.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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