By Mindy Longhurst
A photo of Ken Robinson. Image courtesy of BYU Photo.
Ken Robinson, the IT Manager for the College of Nursing, has been a great help to the College of Nursing. Robinson was trained in electronics while he was in the Air Force in his youth. Later, he received his degree in Computer Science from Weber State University.
Robinson started working for the College of Nursing around the time that his daughter started attending BYU. Robinson has been working as the IT Manager for the College of Nursing for the past 20 years! Since his time here, a lot has changed in the technology world. When he first arrived, many faculty and staff members were not accustomed to working regularly with computers and the latest technology of the day, floppy disks. Now, 20 years later, he has loved helping faculty and staff members become more familiar with using technology.
A photo of Robinson fixing a computer. Image courtesy of Zak Gowans.
There have been several changes to technology since Robinson started working here. The biggest change has been within the last four years, as the newly constructed Nurses Learning Center (NLC) has been updated and become more of a technology center. Of this change Robinson says, “Prior to the newly constructed NLC, we had a little bit, but not as much technology as we have in there today. They started talking about getting electronic health records (E.H.R.) when I started working here, but we did not get it until the remodel four years ago. After the remodel, we had a special room for the equipment that was running the NLC. I switched and spent most of my time in the NLC.” Along with E.H.R., there are significantly more manikins and simulation labs that feel real to the students. Robinson’s legacy over his long stay at the College of Nursing is helping faculty and staff members be more comfortable with using technology.
Robinson working on a computer. Image courtesy of Zak Gowans.
Robinson plans on spending time with his 7 children and 21 grandchildren after retirement. He has built a shop in his backyard so that he can teach his grandchildren. He plans on teaching his grandchildren important skills like electronics, computers, model rockets and wood work. He also looks forward to spending more time with his wife and helping his children.