Jordan Young has been making computer technology useful in the real world for over 30 years. He has a long-time interest in information technology policy and international technology transfer. At Burlington College, he can often be found at someone else's desk or in the computer lab, trying to figure out why computers annoy people so much. When not solving people's computer annoyances, he stays on top of everything from fiber-optic cable runs to network performance to database structures to software updates. Before joining the college, he was focused on helping nonprofit organizations make more effective use of their information assets. Prior to that, he worked at the Court Administrator's Office of the Vermont Supreme Court helping people use the court's data to answer questions about justice in Vermont.
Over the course of his career he has worked on technology projects in Brazil, Peru, and Mexico. He was a technology policy analyst for IBM Americas/Far East where he developed one of the first Executive Information Systems, used to track technology policies in the countries of those regions. He was also the country manager in Brazil for the products that became Oracle OLAP. At the dawn of the PC age, he introduced personal computers to the finance departments at several Fortune 500 companies, building on-line financial data aggregation systems.
He is the co-author of several editions of "The Internet for Dummies" and "WordPerfect for Windows for Dummies." Early in his career, he did the Australian and South American marketing introduction of the computer featured in Tracy Kidder's "Soul of a New Machine."
Jordan has a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University, a Masters in International Affairs from the Columbia School for International and Public Policy, and a bachelors from Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Star Island Conference Center Board of Directors, which he has attended for the past 40 years, and is a past chairman of his local school board.
Jordan and his family moved to Vermont 20 years ago, after having visited his wife's family here for the previous 20 years. He enjoys cooking, eating, raising chickens, watching his son fence, and listening to his wife and daughter sing. During the summer you can often find him bicycling around the flat parts of Vermont. Along with php and SQL, he speaks Portuguese and Spanish fluently.