Title: Systems Administrator
Duties: Virus management, web page construction,
Windows 2000 training, and PC troubleshooting. Trouble-shooting
involves addressing a range of problemsfrom a mouse
that won't work to a computer that won't boot.
Favorite Part of Job: "I love the variety. And you
couldn't ask for a better group of people in the [Research
Challenges: "You can never know everything about
a computer situation. Sometimes problems that at first appear
to be simple escalate into something big."
Background: B.A. in literature, B.S. in cell biology,
premed courses at the University of California, San Diego
(UCSD). Finishing an M.S. in computer science, also at UCSD.
"I was going to be a doctor, but after seeing what doctors
do up close during a job at the UC Medical Center, I decided
to go in a different direction. I'm a computer doctor now.
It works for me."
Greatest Accomplishment: Finishing school. "I can
go home and open up any book I want!"
Extracurriculars: Cooking (especially lasagna, rack
of lamb, and "anything with chicken"), running competitively,
softball as a member of the TSRI Softball League.
Beth Peterka loves the variety in her
job as systems administrator. Photo by Mika