Dan Wuensch

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Dan Wuensch, a senior majoring in MIS, began working as a student developer for Information Technology Systems (ITS) in the summer of 2012, and according to his supervisor, Kris Anderson, "He has been a tremendous asset to ITS. His willingness to help his team members and find solutions to issues is exceptional. We are lucky to have him."

With a background in software consulting for insurance companies, Dan currently assists ITS in developing and deploying new technologies. He works alongside a team of student developers focusing on Web and application development, and he also assists with modifying systems and working on mobile initiatives. Some of his noteworthy projects include the Declare Major application upgrade and the Case Manage application upgrade. He also helped develop the Alumni ID Card mobile application.

In additional to working for ITS, Dan is a member of the UNCW Cyber Defense Club (CDC). Members meet to discuss security-related topics and practice hands-on server configuration, network administration and penetration testing activities in a lab environment. Dan notes, "We are preparing to compete in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition at the Southeastern level in March against other universities. We will work as a team to coordinate recovery and security efforts in a simulated enterprise network that is under attack by a team of professional hackers."

When asked about his experience working with ITS, Dan states, "My position with ITS has been a huge blessing to my academic and professional career. Being a student Web developer allows me to learn effective programming techniques under the supervision of Kris Anderson as well as plan, engineer and test my own applications. Our team closely collaborates on projects, evaluating each other's code, debugging and offering suggestions to improve upon existing processes. The opportunity to learn organizational behavior in a professional setting is highly valuable to our futures." Dan hopes his experience working in this professional environment will help him achieve his goal to ultimately be a Network security consultant and/or software engineer.

So what does this impressive student do when he is not going to school, working for ITS and preparing to compete in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition? He plays electric guitar in a band called "Open Wire" that performs in Wilmington and other venues throughout the Southeast.