September Employee of the Month: Gregory Hoff
photo by Tim Fitzgerald
Gregory Hoff was selected as the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Employee of the Month for September. An Omaha native, Hoff received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University, an MBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree in information science from UNO.
Hoff is a software engineer in UNO's department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis. He works on UNO's STATPack research project, which is an emergency response system for state public health laboratories. It is in use in Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. The system helps state laboratories to identify selected bioterrorism or highly contagious organisms. Hoff also is involved in the Consortium for Public Health Informatics project that allows Nebraska public health officials to share information with each other.
In his nomination for Employee of the Month honors, Hoff was described as routinely going the "extra mile" in his work. One nominator said, "Greg has been a key analyst for the Consortium for Public Health Informatics web portal development. Other things that Greg has done that are above and beyond his current duties include: setting up a wiki for the Building Bright Future Initiative, guest lecturing each semester in the Advance Systems Analysis and Design class, and making weekly presentations to visitors at the College of Information Science and Technology when they are touring the STATPack research lab."
Another nomination credited Hoff with being an effective communicator. "Often times, Greg has to communicate very technical information to users of the STATPack project. Recently, he walked a microbiology laboratory technician through the process of 'white balancing' an image on the STATPack system. Also, when new student workers are hired on the projects, he spends considerable time helping them get up to speed on the technology used on the project."