Chris Nagle

Chris Nagle

Chris Nagle loves to solve puzzles of all kinds and he puts these skills to work every day on the job at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

As a web specialist, Chris specializes in programming large online databases, online mapping programs, and managing web servers. He is especially adept at handling any technical challenge that might arise in the course of a day, whether it relates to an online security issue or some of the baffling database problems that are common in his department. “Chris always stays calm and cool,” says Jeff Coburn, Chris’s supervisor. “When a project lead gets anxious, Chris looks for answers, and he usually finds them quickly.”

Chris recently created a one-of-a-kind online Braille emulation program that has yielded positive commentary from universities around the country.

A graduate of the computer science program at the university, Chris honed his skills as a web developer during internships in the consumer goods industry at RW3 Technologies Inc. An innovator, Chris recently he has created a one-of-a-kind online Braille emulation program that has yielded positive commentary from universities around the country.

Born with reduced irises in his eyes, he is legally blind; his vision is based on contrast – the greater the contrast the easier it is to see. This has not limited his tech-savvy approach to work, however. “It is always a joy to learn and to find out new things and improve the way they’ve been doing old things.”

There are some accommodations at his work: Braille labels on the office doors make it easier to find a particular office and electronic copies of documents to make them easier to review on the computer. Chris uses a service dog, screen magnification, and a high-contrast monitor. “I’m pretty successful now but know there is a lot more for me to accomplish. I look forward to finding innovative solutions to challenging computer problems.”