Name / Department / Title

Stephanie Obodda

Assistant Director, IT Communications and Training

Computing & Information Services

Briefly describe your role at Brown.

I like to joke that I’m a Tech-to-English translator. My goal is to increase awareness and understanding of Brown’s technology services among faculty, staff, and students. My team accomplishes this through outreach, communications, and training.

How did you get into technology?

Believe it or not, I was a German major in college, but I’ve always dabbled with technology. I’ve been building websites and digitally editing photos since about 1994-1995. Back then, it required so much more patience. I moved to Providence for a new media certificate program at RISD and started working at a Providence startup called Digication. Working at a growing startup is fun because you get to try many roles. Mine included writing code, strategizing with customers, and designing / prototyping user interfaces. I’ve been working in CIS at Brown since 2008.

What’s one of your favorite websites or apps?

My answer changes all the time. In these colder months, I’m especially excited that RIPTA brought real-time data to Rhode Island’s bus fleet. The Transit app, which also shows data from other cities, is a slick way to see when the next bus is coming. Also, I use Google Calendar and Drive to stay organized at home as much as I do at work.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I just had a baby, and he is (in a wonderful way) taking up all of my spare time! Otherwise, I learned how to ski a couple of years ago and it’s helped me appreciate colder weather. When it’s warmer, I like to cycle, especially my bike commute to my office in the jewelry district. I also love cooking and writing about food; I write a monthly restaurant review column for the Providence Monthly.