IN THE SPOTLIGHT
People Behind the Scenes
Who keeps our university in top shape? It's the People Behind the Scenes! Meet Brandon Brown, electronics specialist for Property Services in the Department of Facilities Management.
Brandon receives surplus computers and other various electronics from all four campuses to dismantle old and broken items and recycle the raw materials within (steel, plastic, copper, circuit boards, etc). If items are relatively intact and have resale value, he runs basic tests and wipes disks to prepare them for resale to other departments or through public auctions held quarterly.
What is one thing you would like people to know about the work you do?
I don't think many people realize what a great resource Property Services can be for those seeking to acquire used equipment at a discount. At our public auctions, I've seen elliptical trainers and 3D projection systems sell for as little as $20. It's a bargain hunter's dream, and honestly, I didn't even know it existed until I started working here.
What do you like best about being a part of the CU community?
I like being able to contribute to CU's efforts in sustainability and environmental responsibility. It's important to feel that you're accomplishing something truly worthwhile through your work, and I get that feeling on a daily basis. I also really appreciate the wealth of cultural events and opportunities that the university affords this town. Part of what I love about Boulder is that it's able to be quite cultured and cosmopolitan without being urban, and the university is a large part of what makes that possible.
My passion is music, and much of my time outside of work is dedicated to my work with Communikey, a Boulder-based digital arts and media collective. We are currently preparing for our second annual three-day Festival of Electronic Arts, which will be held all over downtown Boulder April 17-19. In addition to live music and video performances from cutting-edge artists, the festival will feature panel discussions, an advance film screening and technology workshops for both adults and children, to be held at ATLAS. If you will allow me a bit of shameless promotion, more details can be found on the Communikey website.
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