A passion for solving problems drives Samaneh "Sam" Mirzaei's work and keeps her interested in her job. Sam is an information technology (IT) manager who leads QIP's web application support efforts for our client at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
In her role, Sam helps web developers set up unique applications in a cloud-based environment, manages changes for web and database servers, deploys development-through-production services for major web application releases, and conducts various other infrastructure updates and configuration audits.
Sam was drawn to computer engineering even before undergraduate school because it combines math and logic. She says she is always seeking challenging work and has yet to be bored in her career. Also, she enjoys working with her colleagues at IES and QIP.
"That's how I get so excited every day for what I do, and that's why I love it," she says.
Sam plays a major role on the Cloud Hosting and Support Services contract, leading the planning and preparation required to quickly get application changes and new education data on the customer’s website in coordination with press releases. Some of her areas of application support are National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP), IESReview, DataLab, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Regional Educational Laboratory (RELs), and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), to name a few.
Before joining QIP, Sam served as a contractor on a custom application team at the U.S. Department of Education. She holds a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. Among her certifications, she is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect, a certified AWS Cloud Practitioner, and a certified BIG-IP LTM (Local Traffic Manager). She also holds certification in M6425 (Active Directory Domain Services in a Distributed Environment).