Position / Title: Assistant Manager, Access Control
Years of Service: 4
Resides: Centereach, NY
Christopher is an engineer by training and an outdoorsman at heart. He holds an AAS Degree in Electrical Engineering from Suffolk County Community College, and, prior to joining Stony Brook University, he worked as an electrical engineer at Innotech Systems in Port Jefferson for 14 years. At Innotech, he was on a team that helped develop a line of voice-operated products to aid the visually handicapped.
Having family that are employed at Stony Brook motivated Christopher to make the leap to the Stony Brook. "Since 1994, my mother and stepfather have worked at Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center, so I was aware of the extraordinary environment that Stony Brook offers. I've always been interested in being part of the Stony Brook family. The scope and diversity of the facility is mind blowing!"
Christopher started at Stony Brook as a general mechanic in the Access Control shop and has quickly risen to the Assistant Director through his determination and work ethic.
As the Assistant Director of Access Control, Christopher oversees 13 team members. He is responsible for the Lenel access card system, various alarm systems, and the CCTV camera systems. Christopher has been working on an on-going project to create a database of the more than 800 security cameras on campus, this advanced system is truly an invaluable asset to the University Police Department, one that helps keep the campus safe in a variety of ways.
Christopher also serves as a liaison between the Telnet group and Access Control increasing communications amongst departments and streamlining security system design, installation, and maintenance. Christopher upholds the University's commitment to sustainability in his job by re-purposing out-dated equipment and by recycling old metal, batteries, locks, wire, cable, and electronics.
Christopher ensures he keeps current on new technological developments by attending tradeshows and training programs. He represented Stony Brook and trained with the Global Threat Reduction Initiative at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Knoxville, Tennessee, in July 2011. "I was so happy to learn the new skills in security, and now I'm proud to know that I make a difference in safety on campus."
During Hurricane Sandy, Christopher displayed his commitment to his job, by coming in off hours and staying late to ensure the campus was safe and all systems were being managed properly.
In addition to his Access Control duties, Christopher serves as a Stony Brook University Safety Warden for the Central Stores building
Christopher and his wife Jessica, just welcomed their first son, Jaxon, in 2013.
As a family they enjoy the outdoors: camping, hiking, fishing , mountain biking, snowboarding, and hockey. In fact, they introduced Jax to tent camping in the Catskills at 8 weeks old!
They even regularly visit and donate to wildlife refuges and preserves. So not only is Christopher busy keeping the campus safe, he is doing his part protecting our wildlife as well.