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April 30, 2012

Information systems associate professor Germonprez to explore new career opportunity

Matt GermonprezDr. Matt Germonprez, associate professor of information systems, will leave the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire at the end of this semester to begin a new career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO). Germonprez will hold the Mutual of Omaha Professorship of Information Systems in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology.

While he is sad to leave UW-Eau Claire, he is excited about his new position. 

“It's definitely bittersweet,” said Germonprez. “I've very much enjoyed my time and interactions here at UW-Eau Claire but this is such a cool opportunity that I had to explore it.”

At UNO, Germonprez will work with a broad group of information technologists in the areas of computer science, information systems, bio-informatics, and mobile computing. He will continue to teach both undergraduate and graduate students, and he will continue work on his National Science Foundation (NSF) grant which focuses on organizational participation in open communities. His long term plans include helping UNO expand in the area of engaged-IT scholarship and learning.

Germonprez came to UW-Eau Claire in 2005 from Case Western Reserve University where he was an assistant professor of information systems in the Weatherhead School of Management. He is known in the College of Business and around the university as an excellent teacher and researcher.

“Matt’s been with us through some great times,” said Dr. Tom Hilton, chair of the Department of Information Systems. “He was instrumental in implementing the department’s two-emphasis major, and has been a pillar of our systems development emphasis, teaching the software engineering and web development courses. He was awarded the UW-Eau Claire Excellent in Teaching award in 2008, the university’s highest award. Matt led the IS department by obtaining two federal grants (DOE and NSF) worth several hundred thousand dollars each. His research has been published in top-ranked academic journals as well.”

Germonprez leaves UW-Eau Claire with good memories of the students he has taught. 

“The undergraduate students here are the best I've ever worked with,” said Germonprez. “They are nice, sincere, funny, and genuinely want to learn from the classroom experience. They are engaged with each other and the university to a level that I've never seen. This has been great!”

Germonprez also singles out his IS colleagues for their support.

They've been a great group of people to work with and are truly dedicated to the advancement of IS in the college, university, and business community,” said Germonprez. “This has been an excellent (and beautiful) university to be a part of and it has truly shaped my life.”

Germonprez will be missed by the faculty, staff and students at UW-Eau Claire. 

“Matt has been a great colleague and friend, and we will miss him both professionally and personally, said Hilton. “All of us in the Department of Information Systems wish him all the best.”

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