My Little Corner of the Net

All About Kodiak

My name is Jason Pitoniak, and I’m a web developer living in Rochester, NY. I currently work on the Information and Technology Services Enterprise Web Applications team at Rochester Institute of Technology where I oversee the web hosting environment and develop web-based enterprise-class applications used by the entire university. I’m responsible for all aspects of roughly 20 web servers including the ones that host the university homepage—everything from performing upgrades to answering help desk tickets (third tier) from end users.

Prior to moving to ITS, I worked for more than nine years as an Educational Technology Specialist with the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, one of the colleges of RIT. There I developed instructional materials in a variety of media for use in deaf educations—everything from websites and web applications to CD-ROMS and DVDs. Early in my career at NTID, I was involved in building a learning management system called IdeaTools. We built IdeaTools to fill a need—most schools, including RIT, were not using LMSes at the time, so everything we did was very cutting edge. Today IdeaTools has evolved into a highly specialized LMS, with tools that cater to the unique needs of deaf learners. Even though I haven’t been involved with the project for quite some time, much of my original code is still powering the app.

I am also a graduate of RIT, with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Outside of work, I do some freelance work through my company Interbrite Communications and I am highly active with Tay House Troop 19 and the local Boy Scouts. I also enjoy hiking, biking, camping, and just about any other outdoor activity.