Katie Wassell is Kramden’s Geek of the Week! Katie has been volunteering at Kramden since July and is our newest Super Geek. This volunteer stands out because of her positive attitude and willingness to lend a hand wherever help is needed most. We are thrilled to have Katie as a dedicated member of our volunteer team! Thank you, Katie.
Favorite Geek Book: Ender’s Game
Favorite Geek Website: xkcd.com (web comic)
Favorite Geek Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
What is the Geekiest Think About You? I graduated from NC State with degrees in Computer Science (game design concentration) and English (creative writing concentration).
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? My favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden is knowing that the computers we build will go to children who wouldn’t be able to have one otherwise. I do high school and middle school outreach activities to get kids interested in STEM, and programs like Kramden give kids the tools to help grow that interest.
Best Kramden Moment? The first time I took a computer apart by myself. I had always worked on the software side of computers, so hardware was completely new to me.
When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? I work as a Test-focused Software Engineer in IBM’s Watson division. I work on Natural Language Processing algorithms for Watson. (Basically, I teach a computer how to read and understand books and research papers). In my free time, I read, swim, and juggle.
Glen Harmon is Kramden’s Geek of the Week! Glen has been volunteering with Kramden since June of 2014 and is the most recent addition to our Management Team. In just a little over a year, Glen has contributed 500+ hours of service to Kramden and often volunteers two or more days week. Glen recently made a huge contribution to Kramden by funding and implementing a new hose reel system for our air compressors. It is this dedication and initiative that makes Kramden so successful. Thank you, Glen!
Favorite Geek Book: Lord of the Rings
Favorite Geek Website: Lifehacker
Favorite Geek Movie: Star Wars
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? My favorite thing about volunteering at Kramden is threefold: 1) I enjoy the opportunity to serve others, especially those that do not have the technology to learn. Kramden gave me the chance to help undeserved students obtain computers to use for homework completion as well as the internet to learn about the world around them. 2) I really appreciate the impact that Kramden has on the environment by recycling technology. 3) -Certainly not the least- The staff at Kramden have a strong commitment to serving the technology needs of the community. They are always very generous with their time and they don’t mind answering questions no matter how many times you ask!
Best Kramden Moment? Becoming a Super Geek!
When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? I enjoy watching pro football, college basketball, walking, building computers for myself and friends, seeing a good movie, and reading.
Erik Shuster is Geek of the Week! Erik has been volunteering with us since 2013 and stands out as a dedicated volunteer who isn’t afraid to take on any task assigned. Erik has recently begun a summer internship with Kramden. During this internship, Erik will work on a variety of projects and will manage summer volunteers. Congrats and thank you for all you do!
Favorite Geek Book: Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
Favorite Geek Website: www.twitch.tv
Favorite Geek Movie: The Princess Bride
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? I love the idea that I can help people with a skill I really enjoy.
Best Kramden Moment? The volunteer appreciation night last year was really fun!
When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? I practice Tae Kwon Do and I am training for my second degree black belt. I am also a part of a robotics team which is very busy in spring. I like to tinker with things or play games in my free time.
Mitchell Geiss is Geek of the Week! Mitchell has been volunteering with Kramden for a few months now and just finished a 3 week internship with Kramden. In the 3 short months he has been a volunteer, he has racked up over 100 hours of volunteer time. These 100+ hours have been spent not only refurbishing computers, but completing other projects for the Kramden staff. Thanks for all your hard work, Mitchell!
Favorite Geek Book: The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
Favorite Geek Website: YouTube
Favorite Geek Movie: Transformers Movie Saga
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? Helping donate computers to students and families who couldn’t afford one.
Best Kramden Moment? Putting an Xbox One together. I only have a PS3 and never got to put an Xbox together.
When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? When I am not volunteering I am studying or working on school work. Also, I like to play golf with my family and watch movies with friends.
Lois Thompson is Geek of the Week! Lois has been volunteering with Kramden since February of 2014 and is a wonderful member of the Kramden volunteer team. This Super Geek can usually be found in the back of our warehouse tearing apart old computers and recycling their components. Lois is not afraid to get her hands dirty and can dismantle any computer she is given! Thank for all you do, Lois.
Favorite Geek Book: I am Pilgrim – by Terry Hayes
Favorite Geek Website: Fine Woodworking
Favorite Geek Movie: Star Wars
What is the geekiest thing about you? I wear my Super Geek t-shirt to Jazzercise!
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? I especially like the upbeat attitude and can do approach of the staff at Kramden.
Best Kramden Moment? There was this one power supply (the long one that has a littlejog to the left at the top – the one that looks like it’s flipping you the bird), well I finally was able to liberate it from the case! And, I’ve managed to do it again and again.
Louis Jacobowitz is Geek of the Week! Louis has been volunteering with Kramden since May 2013 and is a great addition to the Kramden volunteer team. While Louis has done many things at Kramden, he can usually be found testing LCD monitors during Wednesday Work Nights. Thank you Louis for your consistent support and dedication to Kramden Institute!
Favorite Geek Book: Les Misérables
Favorite Geek Website: The Cave of Dragonflies
Favorite Geek Movie: Don’t watch enough to have a favorite.
What is the geekiest thing about you? My absurd amount of Pokémon knowledge. I’ve been into Pokémon for a very long time, and have completed the Pokédex, and also ventured into the competitive scene, where I’m only mediocre.
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? It’s four hours of not having to think about the troubles in the rest of life. A nice time to relax while doing repetitive work for a cause that I believe in.
Best Kramden Moment? Volunteer Appreciation Night last November.
When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? Mostly play video games and watch YouTube videos of people playing video games. Sometimes trying to code programs.
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