Jon Amelio loves working on computers and solving problems in technology, but he insists that he is not a nerd.
“I was never a straight-A student or carried around a slide ruler or a pocket calculator, but I did want to be an engineer,” he said.
Mr. Amelio, 49, started his studies in pre-engineering at the University of Pittsburgh but then saw the computer revolution coming.
“I thought computers were intriguing and decided to change my major,” he said. He graduated from Pitt in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in information science and has worked in the field since then. In 2005, he completed his master’s in business administration from Robert Morris University.
The Peters resident brings his years of experience to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, where he was recently named chief technology officer. He starts his new position in January at the AIU, which provides specific educational services to the county’s public school districts.
As the father of four, Mr. Amelio said the opportunity attracted him for two key reasons.
“I have been striving to be the chief technology administrator and with my passion for serving youth, this affords me the opportunity to do both,” he said.
Prior to his new role with the AIU, Mr. Amelio worked at Northrop Grumman Corp., the Materials Research Society and Cobweb Internet Services. Most recently, he was director of information technology at Continuous Learning Group for the past six years.
Mr. Amelio has worked in education before. He was an adjunct professor with Strayer University, teaching information systems and business management courses for several years.
He said he plans to work with the 42 school districts served by the AIU to better use technology, while at the same time he plans to improve the AIU’s own technological services.
Mr. Amelio said he will travel to the districts to provide services in the most cost-efficient manner to help increase revenue for the AIU while saving the districts money.
“I’ve been tasked with generating additional funding, and by providing these services, we can accomplish this goal,” Mr. Amelio said.
He said his biggest initial challenge is getting to know the districts in the AIU and building trust.
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is the largest intermediate unit in the state, and Mr. Amelio said he hopes it will begin to serve as a resource for the other intermediate units.
“My goal is to become the go-to intermediate unit — we might be the largest right now, but we are not the most technologically savvy. I hope to change that,” he said.
Kathleen Ganster, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.