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Career Profiles: Ralph Koppel

1. What is your education?
A bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Arizona in 1981. In 1983, he entered a masters program in MIS. He graduated with his masters in 1987.

  What do you suggest to students in the current program?
a) take the C++ track because all those COBOL programmers will be looking for work after this Y2K work dries up;
b) get some VB experience and a technical certification;
c) choose your student jobs carefully and don't be afraid to experiment with different jobs -- it's harder to switch gears later in life.

2. What is your experience?
Right after graduating from the University of Arizona, in 1981, he landed an auditor positionwith Price Waterhouse. He moved from the nice, warm climate of Arizona to the chilly climate of St. Louis just in time for that record-breaking snowfall back in 1982. Yuck! He worked with digicards, and he found this work so terribly monotonous that he wrote a program to automate the process. For a while, he worked for McDonnell Douglas. He is currently the Technology Director at EFG.

3. What do you like best about your job?
Variety of different work.
4. What do you like least about your job?
The stress and deadlines.
5. Please finish this sentence:
My would be good for some one who ......
likes doing new things.
6. Please finish this sentence
My job would not be good for someone who ...
does not like doing new things. ::smile::
7. What was your most challenging professional moment?
In 1990, he developed software for a banking system. He lead that project using new technologies. It was a big project, and he was short on time. But he did it!
8. What kinds of community service do you perform?
 He used to be the treasurer for the St. Louis Shakespeare Company. He led a fight against the Chesterfield Fire Department to save a firehouse.

9. What are your hobbies?
Reading science-fiction and fantasy novels.
10. What is your favorite quote or proverb?
You get what you reward.

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