RISING STAR

Leslie Hurley: Taming NMCI users' storage needs

Name: Leslie Hurley

Age: 43

Organization: Navy's PMW-200 Navy Marine Corps Intranet and OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-NET) Program Office

Title: Systems Engineer

Nominated for: Leading a $47.7 million storage-area network project, known as SAN4, that provided users of the Navy Marine Corps Intranet with the infrastructure for their long-term enterprise storage needs. She also led the effort to synchronize Navy and Defense Information Systems Agency contact information, the first such exchange among military services in Defense Department history.

First IT mentor: Marc Mosko, a friend from college. He helped me get my first job in the IT field after I graduated. He worked for Pacific Telesis, the holding company for Pacific Bell, and they were looking for an e-mail administrator. At the time, e-mail was in its infancy. Marc taught me everything anyone would ever want to know about e-mail and e-mail systems — it was cc:Mail by Lotus just to really date myself — in a weekend. His help enabled me to become the e-mail administrator for Pacific Telesis. Marc opened the door to the IT field for me, and I haven’t left.

Latest accomplishment on the job: I was part of the stellar team that opened the lines of communication between organizations in the Defense Department through the sharing of contact information via the synchronization of global address lists. Most recently, during Trident Warrior 2009 and 2010, we synchronized USS Comstock's, USS Boxer's and USS Cleveland’s contact information with one another, in addition to NMCI and ONE-NET. This is the first step in synchronizing all ships’ contact data.

Career highlight: I led the $47.7 million SAN4 project that provided NMCI users with the infrastructure for their long-term enterprise storage needs. The performance of the new systems enabled noticeable improvement in desktop response times, directly improving customer satisfaction for NMCI users. The project also included building and implementing a single mailbox solution to restore a deleted item within minutes.

Favorite job-related bookmark: The Register Science/Technology.

Favorite app: Facebook! I’m a social network maven.

Dream non-IT-related job: If I had to do it all over again, I would be a fighter pilot.


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