In each ITS newsletter, we feature one of our amazing ITS team members. We learn more about Nathan Boswell with our Technology Innovations team in this segment.
What is your role and how long have you been in ITS at UTHSC? My responsibility is maintaining and managing the physical network infrastructure for the campus. This includes the cable to the desktop computer and the fiber optic cables throughout the campus. This involves troubleshooting when things go wrong ensuring performed by our contractors is done to UTHSC standards. I have been with UTHSC since August of 2003. I started about a week after “Hurricane Elvis” in Network Services and a few years later moved on to my current position, which is part of Technology Innovations.
What is a day in the life of Nathan like? I start my day by checking in with Tennessee 811 to make sure that none of our underground cables are dug up by nearby construction. Then I move on to checking work orders and projects. My main large project now is the Dunn Dental addition. At times I must coordinate with the general contractors, IT contractors, people in my own department, or other departments at UTHSC. I sometimes tell people I am that guy between IT and construction. I want to ensure everything is going right technology-wise and up to codes and standards during construction.
What is your favorite thing about working at UTHSC? The benefits. If you or someone in your family have ever faced a major health crisis, you will be grateful that you work here.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? When I was a teenager and part of my time in college, I worked at a Christmas tree farm. To get ready for the holiday season, it is year-round work – replanting, trimming, fertilizing, etc. When I see families at local tree farms today, all I think about is the hard work accomplished the entire year.