STEMM Idol Speaker Chris Woolley

Chaminade Julienne recognizes Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), Dec. 9-15, this Tuesday with STEMM Idol Speaker and software developer Chris Woolley.

First implemented nationally in 2010, CSEdWeek aims to raise awareness of computing’s growing role in today’s society and improve the level of computer science education available to children in grades K-12. All students are invited to get involved in CJ’s celebration during homeroom periods Dec. 11 in room 126.

Computer science is heavily based in principles of mathematics and engineering. Essential to working in any of the field's varying branches is the application of basic problem solving and critical thinking skills in order to improve the way today’s technology functions.

As a software developer, guest presenter Chris Woolley will speak about the computing skills and tools he uses to help program the United States Air Force’s Web-based parts management system known as the Stock Control System (SCS). Woolley writes computer source code that instructs SCS to perform duties such as ordering, shipping and disposing of aircraft parts as efficiently as possible.

Woolley has more than 25 years of experience working in the field and is in his fifth year with Peerless Technologies Corporation, an award-winning small business based in Fairborn that contracts to serve the IT needs of the federal government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wright State University.

“Previous to working for Peerless, I was a software consultant and did work in 43 of the 50 states as well as several projects in Canada, Germany and Japan,” Woolley said. Now back home, the native Daytonian -- a product of Catholic education -- is a member of Incarnation Parish (and formerly Holy Angels).