We Are IT | Meet Tyler Schoenfeld

Monday 04/19/2021

Tyler Schoenfeld’s interest in technology started early in life. A self-taught computer whiz, Tyler joined the ITS team a year ago as a system administrator. While he enjoys the work he does helping manage the Windows enterprise servers and Office 365 cloud applications, he started at FSU at the beginning of the pandemic and is looking forward to department events and team get-togethers in the future. Until then, you’ll find him playing with his kids in the yard.

Where are you from?
I was born in Maryland, raised in West Palm Beach and now live in Tallahassee. I moved here with one of my close friends from high school when the opportunity came up.

Why did you choose to work in technology?
My dad owns a technology company, so I knew early on that tech was something I was interested in. I am self-taught. I started in operations support for the Ladies Professional Golf Association and then worked my way up to a cloud engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation. I met my current manager at a training event, and when a job opened up at FSU, I applied.

How long have you been at FSU?
Thirteen months. I started in March 2020. My first day was, “Here’s your laptop, and we’re remote.”

What is your role at FSU?
I am on the team that manages the Windows enterprise server infrastructure as well as all Office 365 cloud applications. We maintain and upkeep servers on-premise as well as in the cloud. My job is to make sure the enterprise Windows Servers are up to date and vulnerabilities are addressed.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like the work that I do, and I enjoy working for FSU, but I am looking forward to more community events, like the ITS meetings where everyone is together. I haven’t really met anyone but three of my co-workers. I would assume we would go to lunch every week and things like that if we were all going to the office.

What’s the most rewarding project you’ve worked on in your career?
A lot of the projects my team does last for over a year, so I’m in the middle of several projects. I’m in the big health data project, and I will be indirectly involved in the upcoming Office 365 migration project. Where I would love to be in the future is doing more cloud projects.

What is your go-to, can’t-live-without piece of tech?
Does it have to be electronic? Because I would say my tractor. I have horses and a lot of land, and my tractor is something I can get on and enjoy working on.

What is a fun fact about you?
I’ve been playing drums for 17 years. I play recreationally. I mostly do covers, and I’ll do anything with a good beat that I can play along. Once I get a bigger house, I will have a room to have a drum set stay set up.

What do you do in your free time?
I feel like I don’t have free time with my kids. My kids are my free time. I’ve been married for five years, and we have two kids. We play in the yard a lot. I also ride horses with my wife. Someone gave her a horse, and then someone gave me a horse. And she got me into riding.