Tim Miller: Expanding Horizons
"The Ashley Fellowship pretty much tops it," Miller says. The Help Desk supervisor and computing information system analyst was awarded the fellowship this summer after his supervisor encouraged him to apply for it.
Established in 1999 and awarded to one employee each year, the Ashley Fellowship provides financial support to pursue full or part-time coursework, training, projects, or other activities that enhance the employee's career while contributing to SLAC's mission. The fellowship honors Alonzo Ashley, who promoted diversity and career development during 30 years of service at SLAC.
Miller intends to spend his year-long tenure as an Ashley fellow pursuing coursework in Microsoft Windows servers at Foothill College, while continuing to work two days a week at SLAC. The coursework will culminate in his certification as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and will allow him to expand beyond desktop computing environments.
Miller says he's looking forward to the experience of the upcoming year. "I'm excited about the opportunity to sharpen my professional skills and apply things at work as I learn them in class," he says.
He is equally enthusiastic about the fellowship itself, saying it is a positive thing for SLAC and its employees. "It really makes a difference because it frees you up to pursue your career goals," he says, "and that benefits both the employee and the lab."
Above image: Tim Miller (left) with Al Ashley. (Click on image for larger version.