2011 Technical Support Award of Excellence
Department: Animal and Dairy Science
A native of Savannah, Ga., Michael Kelley graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While in graduate school, he developed an interest in computers and programming. He earned a diploma in computer programming from Athens Tech and was hired by the Animal Breeding and Genetics group of the Animal and Dairy Science Department in 1986.
His was originally tasked to help write programs for the genetic analysis of beef cattle traits for use on the IBM mainframe computers. He has also been in charge of the data collection, data management and training of students to help with many of the breeding and genetics group's live animal projects on growth and carcass traits.
In addition to keeping the computer inventory up to date, Michael manages nine Linux servers for the breeding and genetics group, two Windows servers for file and print sharing in the department, approximately 180 devices on the network and classroom instructional technology.