Mark Staub creates Web sites and multimedia for University departments and for a variety of projects.
If you need a small simple informative site, a complicated information flow connected to a database, an add-in video and sound, a CD burned onto 1000 DVDs and mailed around the world, Mark Staub is your man.
His move last year to project manager of the Computer Store's new for-fee design services was a great day for the former store consultant. He liked helping customers solve their technology needs in the store, but in the background, he had been training for more intensive projects. In addition to Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Mark is an expert in Flash, Director, and Cold Fusion.
He has developed multimedia fund-raising CDs with the Penn State Alumni Association that helped increase University scholarships. He worked with the Department of Chemistry and the College of Engineering to design Web site navigation, templates, and cascading style sheets. He has converted VHS recordings to digital and burned them to CDs for a Peace Corp project.
Recently, he finished developing an administrative Web tool for Undergraduate Education that uses a database back-end to help organize e-Learning across the state. "Early demos are often make or break moments for a new concept," commented Dr. William M. Farnsworth, director for Communication in Undergraduate Education and International Programs. "In this presentation situation, Mark introduced and described ideas clearly. He anticipated questions accurately and was prepared to respond appropriately while always being open to change. Mark is a true professional."
Because the Computer Store's Web and Media Design Services can be contracted by anyone at Penn State for departmental or personal use, Mark looks forward to a variety of upcoming projects. His easy smile and great listening skills make him popular with clients, but it is his inner drive to solve problems in a creative way that spurs him on. "You want to give them something nice to look at and easy to use," he explains, "but it has to be functional for them."
What challenges does the future hold for Mark? Hand-held devices look promising. He's been dabbling in video and interactive maps for them, creating maps recently for the ITS Event and the Computer Store Expo. He thinks there are potential projects in that technology.
His work on the University's Web Conference Committee and Content Management System Evaluation Committee is keeping him hopping, but the glimmer in his eye comes from all the possibilities that require a creative solution.
Mark Staub, 22 Willard Building, 814-865-2100, firstname.lastname@example.org.