EOM Winner August
August 2021 Employee of the Month
John Ivey, Laboratory Services Tech with the Ingram School of Engineering and a graduate of the University, was selected as the Texas State Employee of the Month for August 2021.
John joined the Ingram School of Engineering in 2019 and quickly undertook tasks beyond the scope of his commitments. As the Laboratory Services Tech for the Ingram Hall Makerspace, John manages 20 university student workers while providing technical support to the Makerspace. When software incompatibilities started causing issues, John immediately started work with University IT to create a whole new software program. Due to COVID-19, however, IT resources were relocated. John was undaunted, and when development on the new software halted, he personally wrote the operational software to run the Ingram Hall Makerspace that is still used to this day.
In addition to writing and maintaining the software to run the Ingram Hall Makerspace, John has authored and directed multiple professional safety videos for users to use for self-paced training. This has freed up staff resources and availability to address technical support issues, and allows them to provide additional training to users as needed. John also hosts tours of the Makerspace for the Offices of University Advancement and University Administration, helping to promote unique Texas State spaces and services.
While John managed these additional aspects of the Makerspace, he also provided support to Bobcat Racing, the Texas State Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) student organization. FSAE is an automotive collegiate design competition wherein students from around the world compete to build and race formula-style cars. John committed extended work hours to help students build a performance race car for the FSAE competition. John has also volunteered to be on the University Laser and Radiation Safety Committee. Even outside his regular work hours and duties, John remains committed to ensuring the safe and smooth operations of the Ingram School of Engineering.
Congratulations John, on your dedication and hard work, and being recognized as the August 2021 Employee of the Month!