It is with deeply mixed emotions that we are sharing the news that Steve Masover will retire from UC Berkeley at the end of June. Steve has been such an important part of the Research IT team, and many others as well in his tenure at Berkeley, and we’ll miss him.
Steve has worked in a wide range of staff roles at UC Berkeley since 1992: with the Emma Goldman Papers Project in what was then the Institute for the Study of Social Change; in the IT unit of University Relations (now University Development and Alumni Relations); a decade-long run in the Office of Human Resources (a position that began in the Staff Affirmative Action Office, evolved into Staff Equity and Diversity Services, and landed in OHR’s Work Force Planning & Analysis); and as an intern in the Workstation Software Support Group and Student Information Systems before he was hired into SIS in 2004 by JR Schulden. David Greenbaum hired Steve into his current position in 2007, initially to serve as technical lead for the planning and software development phases of Project Bamboo (which focused on research infrastructure support for the arts and humanities). After Project Bamboo ended, Steve turned in 2013 to the launch, shaping, and stewardship of Research IT and the Berkeley Research Computing Program.
As some of you know, Steve has maintained a steadfast commitment to his work as a writer of fiction throughout his years on the UC Berkeley staff. He first published a short story in 1995, and his debut novel, Consequence, in 2015. While we're sad to lose Steve as a team member, we wish him every success in his future -- including in the completion and publication of a new novel for which he has already published a couple of short-story prequels.
Research IT is very grateful for the work Steve has done over his years with us, and more broadly for his many years at the University. He will leave a gap that is hard to fill. Best wishes, Steve, on this next phase in life!