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James Nicholson

Senior Web and Application Developer

James is a Senior Web and Application Developer on the Web Apps team. After growing up in the Bay Area, California, he received his undergraduate degree in advertising from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s a self-taught software developer and has been working in IT since shortly after graduating college. In between switching careers from … Continue reading “James Nicholson”

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Brian Pedranti

Manager of Infrastructure Services

Brian has been a Harvard staff member for over 27 years, most of those here at SPH. He firmly believes in and fully supports the School’s mission. Early on, Brian changed his career as a computer programmer to IT support. Then, after joining SPH, he worked his way up from desktop support to Infrastructure Manager. … Continue reading “Brian Pedranti”

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Maxwell Pikcilingis

System Administrator (CBAR)

Maxwell Pikcilingis is a System Administrator at the Center for Biostatistics in AIDS Research (CBAR) IT Team located within the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Originally from New Hampshire, Max enjoys time away from computer in multiple outdoors activities and sports such as golf (2 “holes in one” so far) and basketball.

Vani Saraswathi Polavarapu

Senior Salesforce and Web Application Developer

Vani holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Vignan University, India. Prior to joining the IT team at Harvard University, Vani worked in different roles developing application in Salesforce Classic and Lighting experience. Vani likes collaborating with diverse teams and passionate about leveraging data and technology to solve complex problems and enthusiastic … Continue reading “Vani Saraswathi Polavarapu”

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TJ Porter

Desktop Team Lead

TJ is the Helpdesk Team Lead at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He started in IT as a co-op from Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in supply chain management and information systems. He started working at the school full time in 2016. TJ has … Continue reading “TJ Porter”

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Christopher Riley

Video Production Specialist

Chris Riley is a Video Production Specialist for the Information Technology Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Along with being a Video Production Specialist, he also works with the Audio-Visual team.  He is also a Video Production Specialist for the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development.  Chris has been working … Continue reading “Christopher Riley”

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David Samson

Senior Audio-Visual Systems Engineer

Samson is a member of the Media and Educational Techology Services (METS) team at the Harvard Chan School. He is reponsible for the design, engineering, maintenance, and support of audiovisual systems across the school’s classrooms, conference rooms, and video production facilities. Prior to coming to Harvard, Samson worked as an engineer, consulting on construction projects, … Continue reading “David Samson”

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Mayrelis Sanchez

Senior User Support Specialist

Mayrelis is a Senior User Support Specialist. She has been with HSPH for almost 3 years after completing a 6-month internship as a User Support Assistant through YearUp. She is from the Dominican Republic so is fluent in both English and Spanish. Interesting fact: Mayrelis has a phobia of bees, so please bee nice to her!

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Harry Schrecengost

User Support Specialist

Harry Schrecengost is a member of the Field Support Services team as a user support specialist, joining HSPH in February 2019.  In 2015 Harry completed a master of science degree in technology management from the University of Maryland and is an Apple Certified Mac Technician and a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS). Harry is a recent transplant to Boston from Maryland, where he … Continue reading “Harry Schrecengost”