It's all too common for Michiganders to decide to desert their home state once they have had a taste of sunnier climes. But not Stan Bisgaier. No, he is one of a select few that chose to come back from sunny Florida– Gainesville, to be exact–to live and work in Michigan. And we are very glad he did!
Although born in New Jersey, Stan moved to Ann Arbor with his family when he was a kid. He didn't stray far from home when he enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree in computer engineering. Stan worked at several programming internships and, after graduation, he took a job with a game development company, where he worked for about a year. Stan then decided to go to graduate school and headed down south to Gainesville. Stan earned his Master's degree in computer engineering from the University of Florida, but decided that he wanted to return to Michigan. He did, and joined ACS in 2005.
In his five years here, Stan has worked with Matt Varblow on various web development, ecommerce, capsule and client website projects, but most of his time has been spent as a developer in the Product Development group led by Howie Brooks. He has done work for several clients including Bayard, CDS Global and Agora, in such Advantage areas as customer service, direct debit, conference and event, and reprints. Some of his assignments have involved collaborative projects with the QA and Documentation teams. Through it all, Stan displays a calm and capable demeanor.
Ev Acton, manager of the ACS Support Center, comments: "I REALLY like working with Stan. He's so good with the clients, and is very thorough."
Although he is interested in the systems area, Stan enjoys development the most. "Howie is a great boss," says Stan. "He does a good job of balancing assignments so that no one gets too overwhelmed. And I'm continually impressed with how smart he is."
Stan likes to approach a new feature looking for how he can incorporate creativity into his design. He enjoys having an influence on the evolution of Advantage.
"Stan is very thorough and good at identifying potential problems with a design. He works well on his own but never hesitates to involve others when a consensus is needed," says Howie. "He is always quick to respond to questions that arise during client testing and QA."
Stan's colleague Alan Cherney has this to say about him: "I really appreciate Stan. Having him just over the wall (we're cubicle neighbors) is extremely convenient when I need to take advantage of his technically sound opinion or advice. Additionally, he's just a friendly guy who likes good coffee, plays a solid game of wallyball, and laughs at good jokes. Who doesn't enjoy a coworker like that?"
Stan currently lives in Ann Arbor and, in his leisure time, enjoys snow skiing—preferably out West or in Canada—and baseball, and likes to keep up on the latest technical and science journals. He also likes to play video games, watch movies and listen to music.