Brandon R. Ermita
Brandon Ermita is the Academic Technical Support Manager of both the East Asian Studies Department and the East Asian Studies Program. After earning his B.A. from New York University (1992), he pursued his post-graduate studies in behavioral and computational neuroscience at Rutgers University. During this time, he appreciated the critical need to having professional computing professionals within the specialized environment of the modern higher-education institution. He has been with Princeton University since 1999 and joined the East Asian Studies department in 2010 as an experienced Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
The department of East Asian Studies (EAS) at Princeton University is a world-class institution and has a complex set of linguistic and academic research requirements, resulting in having to support various Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computing platforms in Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He has been enthusiastic about bringing to EAS his IT project management experience with various enterprise-level technology initiatives, including widespread expansion of Microsoft Outlook and Exchange and development of Microsoft SharePoint for departmental collaboration. Additional academic-business and academic-research projects include the development of web-based forms using the university's Roxen content management system to facilitate electronic records management, use of web analytics to optimize web usage and design, and the introduction of social media networking (Facebook social websites for the Department and Program of East Asian Studies as well as the Princeton in Beijing program), and the development of websites for Princeton in Ishikawa and Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum -- all in order to enhance the university's primary mission of teaching and research. The simple use of modern webtools such as Skype for video conferencing has helped to enhance academic committee meetings and interviews; while reducing travel time and travel costs for a department that often has academic contacts throughout China, Japan, and South Korea.
As an information technology manager at Princeton University, he realizes that information technology professionals can often get enamored with technology, but that effective managers need to keep the primary focus on our organizations' INFORMATION needs.