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Les LaCroix ’79

Strategic Technologist, Information Technology Services

I started in Carleton IT in 1975 as a student worker.  In 1979 I became the first full-time employee of Academic Computing, supervising the student workers, overseeing the computing labs, performing technical administration of the computing systems, and on occasion giving a guest lecture on using statistics software in classes.  I wrote the first email system used on campus, the first spell checker, and the first card-catalog-lookup program for the library.

In the mid 80s I took a software engineering position at SPSS, contributing to their mainframe, PC, and macOS implementations.  Later in the 80’s I left SPSS for Unisys, working in a small artificial intelligence (AI) group writing hardware and software configurators.

In the early 90s I returned to Carleton with the title I first had, but by then was a very different job.  Since then I have held a number of roles, including interim co-director of Academic Computing, leading the systems and networking team, and leading the enterprise information systems team.  Today I work on various projects but am focusing mostly on data integration and identity and access management (IAM).  I have been interested in IAM for a couple of decades, and am currently the vice chairman of the Internet2 Community Architecture Committee for Trust and Identity (CACTI).

At Carleton since 1992.