Dennis A. Schmidt has served as director of the School of Medicine’s Office of Information Systems and as the school’s HIPAA security officer since 1997.
In that role, he leads a 40-person division that supports approximately 6,000 computer users and he is responsible for managing an annual budget of more than $3 million.
Prior to coming to work at UNC, Schmidt served as a pilot and department head in the U.S. Navy and headed a Navy information systems division based at Fort Bragg, N.C., as part of the Joint Special Operations Command. He has also worked as a test engineer for Motorola Inc. and as technical director at Science Applications International Corp. in Fayetteville, N.C.
Schmidt has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.