McMaster University

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Announcement — Director, Information Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences

Rocco Piro, BSc

Dated: May 2, 2006

From: Susan Denburg, PhD, Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Health Sciences

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rocco Piro as director, information technology for the Faculty of Health Sciences, effective May 1, 2006. 

This new senior administrative position has been created to oversee all aspects of computing services for academic, research and administrative purposes within the Faculty of Health Sciences, working collaboratively with University Technology Services.

Rocco obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from McMaster 18 years ago. After a year working at the Tandem Accelerator on campus, he joined the Faculty of Humanities as a technical supervisor for the language labs. His role developed, becoming a managerial one as the unit and its services diversified and expanded, eventually becoming Humanities Media and Computing.

Rocco is experienced in the development of instructional media and e-resources; web application and web services development and deployment; database design and deployment; computing infrastructure, networking infrastructure, and server implementation and administration.

He has also been teaching various technology-based courses at the University since 1997, initially as an instructor for CCE¹s Microcomputer Diploma and Infotech programs; recently as an adjunct member of the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia.

Rocco was a recipient of a 2002 McMaster President's Working At McMaster Award for Outstanding Service. The citation said: "Rocco Piro has provided superior leadership and management during a period of change within the Faculty of Humanities. Whether assisting with the new Lyons Communication Centre or the McArthur Multimedia Wing, Piro oversaw the transformations and managed the changes smoothly. His hard work and professional attitude have made the unit an exciting place to work and have contributed to McMaster's reputation as a centre of innovation in the application of computing to the humanities."

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