Susan Conrad is an important character in the story of OHSU’s transition into the age of the personal computer, the use of modern technology in health and science, and beyond. As a key leader in the IT and support team in the early years of computer technology on college campuses, Conrad played a significant role in training, information access, and tech education on the hill. This interview provides an interesting perspective on the challenges of employing and embracing the use of new and intimidating technologies on a multi-departmental scale, from the perspective of a technology educator. Other themes include spatial and financial obstacles, gender issues, and career development.
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