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GirlGeek of the Week
October 1999

Doris Engstrom

Doris EngstromWhen I graduated High School I wanted to go into a field that was different from what my siblings were doing. They were into accounting, chemistry or biology. I saw an ad in the paper for a local business college to learn computer programming and decided to attend their two-year course. After graduating, I programmed in RPG2 for a number of years but eventually became bored with the kind of work that I was doing. Twelve years ago I was offered the position of Manager of Data Processing as King World's sole computer support person.

I learned the PC environment from the ground up by supporting the hardware and software needs for all of King World locations. In the beginning, King World's desktop computers were PC's and XT's with a 10 MB hard drive and two 360k floppy drives as standard features (look how far we've come!). The environment at King World has always presented new and interesting challenges due to the growth of the company and the constantly changing computer industry. What is great is that as diverse as the computer industry is, anyone can find his or her niche.

When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?

I developed my love for computers as a result of the learning and the challenges presented to me over the years.

How do you earn a living?

As Director of Information Technology for King World Productions, Inc., I am responsible for overseeing all computer operations throughout the King World enterprise. I wear many hats and enjoy the range of involvement I have with King World.

Do you consider yourself a Geek?

No, but I wonder if that's what others are thinking when their eyes glaze over as I attempt to discuss technical issues with them. I do have other interests outside of work.

What is your favorite Website? because it offers thought provoking scenarios that I can relate to. These scenarios challenge me beyond my current experience level and help to guide my professional development.

What do you do when you are not working?

I enjoy delicious food and wine, a good book or movie and getting outdoors when possible.


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