I am nominating: Chris Laasch
Years of Service at Cal Poly: 10
Position: Information Technology Administrator
Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?: Chris Laasch is someone who we should have nominated a long time ago to be a divisional STAR. Chris joined SAITS at its forming in 2005, coming over from Student Health Services, and it is not understatement to say that Chris has been the technical brains that have turned ideas into reality. Everyday hundreds of Student Affairs staff members use a very complex and hidden environment that is made up of dozens of virtual servers meticulously built and maintained to enterprise class standards.
The environment everyone knows as DSAFILES, including the standardized PC images on the desktop, were all built by Chris. Since 2006 Chris has mastered VMWare, CommVault and SAN technology without formal training - this is an amazing fact alone. The complexity, durability and flexibilty of the infrastructure he built has allowed the environment we call the SAN grow from just a few virtual servers and two users to almost fifty virtual servers and 800 users today. Chris epitomizes the divisional traits of interconnectedness, passion and quality and there isn't a department in Student Affairs that does not benefit from his work every day of the week. It is for this reason that we recognize a long overdue STAR.
Please select 3 of the 6 Division of Student Affairs values for which your nominee best exemplifies: Interconnectedness, Passion, Quality
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1: Interconnectedness. Working in SAITS, Chris has personally assisted staff across this division on tasks both large and small. From the begining Chris too to heart the CLUSTER model and its key principle of commonality across the division.
During the SAN conversion years of 2008 and 2009 he worked with staff in every department in this division; gaining a diversity of knowledge that allows him to seemly transition from one issue to the next. Today there is no better example of the interconnectedness of this division than the SAN and desktop that Chris built.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2: Passion. When it comes to technology, especially complex technology, no one has more passion for knowledge than Chris. Back in 2007, he was instrumental researching and validating detailed specifications of the SAN. Over the years we have seen Chris give any number of consultants a good run for their money when it comes to the technical details of most products. It is Chris' passion for technology that has been so instrumental in delivering the environment that we all take for granted every day.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #3: Quality. From the simplest tasks, such as meticulously dressing the cables on PC, to configuring detailed group policy settings, Chris is very focused on the details that deliver a high quality product. A testament to the quality of his work is the fact that on a daily basis the SAN infrastructure functions seamlessly in the background. Look at any project Chris is involved in an you will see that there is no doubt that quality of his work it top notch.
In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?: Chris was the original founder of Cal Poly Pomona's Cyber Security Fair. This event has now become a fall tradition that draws in hundreds of students, educating them on both the risks and measures they need to take to protect themselves in an online society. This event has built a reputation beyond our campus that brings top technical talent to educate CPP students plus visitors who come from Mount Sac and Cal State San Bernardino. Chris' passion and involvement have helped to drive this event forward and grow. Always evolving, this year it also includes a partnership with the Career Center's High Tech Job Fair. The Cyber Security Fair is now a fall tradition that clearly enhances and contributes to the knowledge and online security of our community.