Rising Star Genen Soo-Hoo
Name: Genen Soo-Hoo (pronounced Jeh–nen Sue-who)
Organization: New York Police Department
Title: Certified Web developer
Nominated for: Giving a new face to NYPD's Crime Stopper program by developing a multimedia-enabled "Submit a Tip" Web site.
First IT mentor: Almost 20 years ago, I remember turning on the computer for the first time but nothing came up on the screen. I checked all wires and even opened up the computer to check if anything was loose. After several long moments of bewilderment, my 96-year-old grandmother suggested that I “turn on the TV.” Voila! I quickly realized that she was talking about the monitor, which had not been turned on. I learned that sometimes the best solution to a problem may just be the simplest one. Although she didn’t mentor me much in computers, she did teach me a very valuable lesson about computers.
Latest accomplishment: The Training Bureau Enterprise Learning Management and Crime Stoppers applications. Both projects had immediate impacts on the problems they were built to solve. The Training Bureau Enterprise Learning Management now manages all training courses and certifications for over 54,000 NYPD employees. Crime Stoppers is a full-fledged crime-fighting Web system that allows the public users and detectives to work together.
Career highlight: I am very proud of the successful completion of the Crime Stoppers and Enterprise Learning Management projects and the great success that they have had.
Dream non-IT-related job: Cooking is my second love to Web developing.
Read a full profile of Genen Soo-Hoo on GCN.
The annual Rising Star awards are presented by the 1105 Government Information Group, publisher of Federal Computer Week, GCN and Washington Technology, to public and private sector employees in the federal IT community who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to make a lasting impact in their organization. See all the 2009 Rising Star award winners.