Fernando served in the Navy as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Specialist and is working towards earning his MIM degree from the iSchool.
Fernando Marciano had an affinity for adrenaline-inducing pursuits from an early age, which prior to joining the UMD iSchool, led him to joining the Navy as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Specialist. He completed two tours aboard the USS Truman taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom where focus, attention to detail, critical thinking, commitment to his job, and accountability were instilled in him. After Fernando’s time in the Navy, he spent four years with Rosenthal Acura (the car company) where his contributions helped earn the company the Acura Regional Excellence Award. Fernando began working towards his Master of Information Management (MIM) degree at the iSchool in 2011 which opened the doors to his current role as the Scheduling and Data Management Coordinator. In this role, Fernando works to shape the always evolving course schedule for iSchool students and helps maintain the iSchool’s data management systems. He serves as an integral resource while the university works to transition to a new data management system which will offer unique features for deeper data analysis - improving the course planning process and overall student experience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Fernando has been consistently supporting iSchool instructors, students, the Course and Classroom Scheduling Services (CCSS) team, and other stakeholders to ensure all of the upcoming courses transition smoothly into spaces that can accommodate the new and ever-changing health policies emerging as a result of the pandemic. Fernando also provided vital contributions towards the creation of the iSchool’s inaugural Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree program which debuted in 2016. Fernando is a self-proclaimed "jack-of-all-trades," but has a soft spot for endurance cycling and Formula 1 racing.