Blythe Scherrer

Adjunct Professor

I have 20 years of experience in the field of information management in the corporate sector and in higher education. I’ve worked in a variety of industries: a web survey designer at a start-up during Seattle’s dot com boom; as a database developer in a cancer genomics research lab working on tumor inhibitor drug development; as a change manager and SAP analyst at an automotive systems manufacturing firm; and I currently oversee student data and technology for the Renée Crown Honors Program at Syracuse University as a functional business analyst.

I try to bring a bit of each of my professional experiences into my teaching practice. In IST 359 I focus heavily on the practical application of database design, architecture and analysis, and instill in my students a practice of placing the user experience at the center of an implementation. Developing technical skill sets can be difficult and intimidating, but it should also be fun. Cultivating curiosity and keeping your sense of humor is important to staying adaptable in a field that is constantly requiring us to change.

In my free time I read, Tweet at @BlytheandDogs, play video games, walk my tiny dog, and do ceramics poorly at the Community Folk Arts Center (CFAC). Favorite read: “Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men” Favorite game(s): Hollow Knight, Ori & the Blind Forest