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Michael Shute

Academic Degree
BS Computer Science, 2002
MS Computer Science, 2003

Job Title
Senior IT Architect, IBM Corp.


Personal Statement

My current position within IBM is senior IT architect working across various financing business areas.  Day to day as a senior architect I'm responsible for making decisions on how software will be built which includes making key software development design choices, setting standards for my teams to follow and designing the platforms for software to run on.  I strive to stay one step ahead of my customers needs and to do that I'm responsible stay on top of current industry trends in social, mobile, cloud, analytics, etc.  I lead a group of architects and drive collaboration amongst them.  I look to patent innovations when possible.

Iona has helped me get to where I am today by giving me the opportunity to become a leader. I was a pretty quiet and shy person but Iona's small class sizes and the extra-curricular activities they offer were instrumental in allowing me to become more outspoken. I've never shunned responsibility inside or outside of the classroom but without the opportunity to take responsibility I wouldn't be where I am today.