From working on the Y2K initiative to launching Northeastern’s wireless network, Charlie has been at the center of some major tech changes since he joined Northeastern in 1999. As he celebrates 25 years at Northeastern, he shares what technology was like back then, his first role at the university, and the best piece of career advice he ever received.

Charlie Curry, Network Engineer.
Charlie Curry, Network Engineer

What was your first role at Northeastern? 
I joined Northeastern as a Service Analyst.  
What did you do before you joined Northeastern? 
Prior to joining the university, I worked in a call center for Stream International, where I supported Microsoft Small Business Server. 

What was the first project you worked on? 
I worked on the Y2K project. 

What was technology like back then? 
Back then, Microsoft was king. Beepers were slowly fading away, and it was cool to have a cell phone. 

What accomplishment or contribution in your current role at Northeastern are you most proud of? 
I take great pride in being a part of the team that launched our wireless network and witnessing its growth and evolution over time.
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received? 
Try to embrace the new technologies and see where you can make it better.
Do you have any pets? 
I have two cats: Q (from Star Trek) and Rey (from Star Wars).  
What’s your preferred way to unplug? 
I love spending time with my wife and 8-year-old daughter, Taryn. I also enjoy playing poker, watching science fiction, and watching the NFL.