This alumni spotlight was originally shown in the February 2009 IEM Newsletter.
February’s featured IEM alumnus is Adam Gooch, Senior IT Analyst with El Paso Corporation. Adam’s responsibilities include; application development and system maintenance primarily for El Paso’s SCADA system. Prior to joining El Paso Corporation Adam was a Project Manager with ADP Dealer services. Adam feels that the IEM program was instrumental in helping him land a more technical job.
Adam received a BS in Computer Science from UAB back in the spring of 2001. In addition to being named to the Golden Key National Honor Society, Adam was also a department scholarship recipient. Adam entered the IEM program in the fall of 2004 and graduated in 2006. Adam states that the greatest experience of the program was learning from others and the real world knowledge that he gained.
Adam got a lot out of the IEM program and found the experience to be invaluable. He was always kept on his toes when it came to giving impromptu talks; this taught him good public speaking skills. In addition he gained the confidence he needed to get back into a technical career. He proclaims that the IEM program took the fear out of changing jobs and really gave him a portable skill set.
Adam and his wife live in Gardendale with their three children; Lauren, Ethan, and Noah. In addition Adam has another little girl on the way this June. As you can see Adam loves children, but four is where he is drawing the line.
One of Adam’s biggest passions is for scouting. Adam serves as the Cub Master for his middle son Ethan’s den. Adam is quick to point out that scouting is an early form of leadership training. In addition it allows him and his family an outlet for their hobbies, such as; camping, fishing, hiking, and serving the needs of the community.
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