Computer Works, Inc. was established in 1995 in Fairbanks, Alaska, where the owner, Shawn Abshear was born and raised. He lived in North Carolina for four years where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina in 1985. He moved back to Alaska where he married his sweetheart Stephenie, and they had two children. He worked for the University of Alaska for thirteen years at the Polar Ice Coring Office (PICO), Facilities Services, and the Center for Distance Education.
He was a Systems Administrator and Programmer at PICO installing and maintaining their Novell/Windows Network, as well as designing and implementing the VALIS relational database system used at the remote sites of Greenland and Antarctica.
He was also a Systems Administrator and Programmer at the Facilities Services department managing their centralized Novell/Windows Network where he installed, and managed their fileserver, email server, web server, calendar server, as well as User training and support for a staff of 100+.
He also designed, wrote, implemented, and maintained the Aurora Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) system in Delphi and Foxpro. IFM is a relational database Work Order System consisting of the Work Order Labor Entry, Timesheet Generation, Vehicle Rental, Equipment usage, Preventive Maintenance Inspection and Shop Stock/Material charges applications related to the Warehouse, Accounts Payable, Inventory, and Purchasing Systems. The IFM consisted of almost three million lines of code in 6000 modules and programs, which used 1100+ relational and non-relational databases.
The winters finally took their toll on him and his family. They moved to beautiful Fairhope, Alabama in mid 2003 where he continues his passion with computers, and enjoys the warm weather and sandy beaches with his family and friends.
Shawn has been in the computer industry for over 25 years. He is a Certified Novell Administrator, Microsoft Certified in Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4.0, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and has earned several programming certificates. He loves what he does, and it shows!