As a former high school mathematics and drafting teacher for the Rochester Area School District in the early 1960s, James J. Sherin was introduced to the fields of information technology and engineering. Deciding thereon to pursue the industries, he became a journeyman programmer for the U.S. Steel Company, then an on-site analyst and analyst-in-charge for Control Data Corporation, where he served from 1967 to 1980. Following this tenure, he was a pre-sales analyst for Cray Research, Inc., from 1980 to 1982 and excelled in a myriad of roles for Westinghouse Electric Corporation between 1982 and 1996. During this time, he was notable for being a system programmer, user consultant, manager and project leader, among other roles.
After departing from Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Mr. Sherin briefly served Thrift Drug, Inc., as a systems administrator from 1996 to 1997 before becoming employed as a UNIX systems administrator for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He maintained this position from 1997 until his retirement from information technology in 2003. Post-retirement, Mr. Sherin has continued to thrive as a part-time instructor of mathematics, information technology, engineering and networking at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dedicating himself to civic endeavors as well, Mr. Sherin served the Boy Scouts of America for more than three decades, in which he was a volunteer scoutmaster. His unwavering devotion to the Boy Scouts led to his receiving of the Wood Badge and the Silver Beaver Award. Likewise, he was also bestowed with the title of emblems counselor. Alongside his myriad roles with the Boy Scouts of America, Mr. Sherin has also served his local church, where he has frequently hosted raffles to raise funds for his community.
Mr. Sherin holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, with minors in history and engineering, from Geneva College from 1962. He subsequently completed coursework toward a graduate degree at Duquesne University. Looking toward the future, he intends to ease into a well-deserved retirement and spend more time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.