Timothy Pintello, 2015
- Professor, School of Computer Science
- DSC employee since August 2001
Degrees and schools where awarded: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, with an emphasis in Computer Science, Bryan College; Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; 18 hours of master’s-level study in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix
Career/Professional honors: I have written the textbook “Introduction to Networking with Network+” published by Wiley Publishers. I also have I have also created five online courses with Lynda.com on how to install, configure and manage Windows Server 2012 R2. My fourth course was just released and my fifth course will be released sometime in the near future.
Outside interests: Scuba diving and leading Bible studies for adults and children at my church
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I worked in the IT industry for 12 years. I have held the positions of computer lab tech, computer technician, network support specialist, IT analyst and systems administrator.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I am the faculty grant manager for the NSF iNoVATE grant we are finishing up this year in partnership with Florida State College at Jacksonville and some other colleges here in Florida. That grant allowed us to obtain about $50,000 in equipment and software, introduce a course on virtualization to our Networking program, and train an instructor and technician how to teach the class and support the equipment. This grant also allowed us to run a Virtualization Summer Camp last summer. The grant has allowed us to realize a new paradigm in teaching computer-based courses using virtualization. While the course was the first class to use this new teaching paradigm, we have now carried it over to some other classes as well, specifically in the areas of information assurance, network security and computer forensics. We hope to see other computer science courses using this new virtualization paradigm in the future.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? The most rewarding thing about my DSC experience is the opportunity to teach students about computers and networking so they can obtain the skills they need to get good jobs and have successful careers in the IT industry.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? I would like to become a senior professor someday, but most importantly, I want to continue to help students learn the things they need to have successful and rewarding careers in the IT industry. Really, that is what it is all about for me. Helping students obtain good jobs in IT, become better at what they do and become successful in life, whatever their previous circumstances may have been.
In life? I am pretty content with my life as it is. One thing I would like to do is use my summers to go overseas and teach pastors and local church leaders how to better teach their own people about the Gospel, Christ and the Bible. This is something I am working toward and will most likely soon be able to do.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Don’t choose a career because you think you can make a lot of money at it. Choose a career because it is something you really enjoy. In the long run, if you really enjoy what you are doing, it will be more fulfilling and make you more successful in life and your chosen career.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: That my master’s degree is in biblical studies. People assume it is in computer information systems or some other IT field.
Last book read: I read the Bible pretty regularly, but the last non-biblical book I read is the “Safe Hold” series by David Weber, one of my favorite science fiction writers.
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? No idea.
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Jesus Christ; Joseph, son of Jacob; Daniel the Prophet; and Martin Luther of the Protestant Reformation.
The Daytona State of Mind to me means helping students be successful in life and attaining whatever goals they set for themselves.