University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Sean M. Beck

  • Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Information Technology has been my passion for over twenty years. I discovered my desire for instructing in 2003, when I had the opportunity to manage, develop and instruct workshops for Pennsylvania’s Technology Literacy Initiative. In less than a year, these workshops were used to educate over 1,300 K-12 teachers. For the next sixteen years, I worked full-time in the IT field. Specifically, I specialize in enterprise architecture with a focus on infrastructure (compute, storage, & networking), business continuity, disaster recovery and information security.

My extensive field experience includes:

· Customer facing roles at innovative technology focused organizations; Microsoft and VMware

· Designing and globally advancing cloud (IaaS/PaaS) and server virtualization technologies at a fortune 500 global life sciences corporation; Bayer

· Leading cloud security operations for a $3.5 billion retail business; American Eagle Outfitters

· Non-profit IT experience; Pittsburgh Technology Council and Catalyst Connection

I have always enjoyed sharing this real-world experience in the classroom, so I have made it a priority to instruct at the collegiate level over the last ten years.

My goal is to set up my students for success post-graduation. Therefore, I ensure students not only have an opportunity to develop a strong theoretical foundation of the course material, but upon completion of a course, have developed a skillset which is valued within the information technology field / community. This valued skillset includes the ability to perform technical tasks, demonstrate critical thinking, and effectively collaborate with others to solve problems efficiently.

Courses I teach:

Hardware Operating Systems Networking Information Security
Advanced Information Security Systems Administration Graphic Design

If you are interested in learning more about computer information systems, contact me at sean.beck@pitt.edu.

Education & Training

  • MS - Systems Engineering - Regis University
  • BS - Information Science and Technology - Penn State University
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

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