Gary Rodwell

Lead Programmer, STAR Academic Pathway System

University of Hawaii


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Gary Rodwell

Lead Programmer, STAR Academic Pathway System

University of Hawaii

Gary is the architect and lead programmer for the STAR Academic Pathway system at The University of Hawai’i. He along with an outstanding team have developed a revolutionary enterprise wide software platform that is able to quantify and evaluate each point along a student’s academic path and illustrate all these points together as the students narrative/pathway. His software has been the subject of multiple awards, newspaper articles and recent grants. Rodwell believes students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni should rightfully expect to receive significant educational and business value from their investment in information technology. Evidence of the sustainable success of STAR can be seen in the wide spread usage of STAR throughout the UH campuses with the average number of student logins a day in the range of 1,000-10,000. Rodwell’s educational background is in Electrical Engineering, prior to being with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, he was working with British Telecom and Chubb Australia on engineering projects.

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