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For Immediate Release: October 25, 2007
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Robert Loyot Promoted to IT Director at the Marine Biological Laboratory

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Robert Loyot of Scituate, Mass., has been named director of information technology (IT) at the MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) in Woods Hole, Mass.

Loyot is responsible for all technology systems, phone systems, and a network of 2,000 computers across 15 buildings on the MBL campus. As the manager of a seven-person IT Department, Loyot oversees such daily functions as firewalls, virtual private networks, routers, intrusion detection systems, and e-mail.

Loyot joined the MBL in 2004 as network manager/IT projects manager and was promoted to assistant director of technology in 2006. Since 2004, Loyot has directed and completed several large projects to upgrade the MBL’s IT infrastructure, including new data switching, security, and wireless systems.

Presently, Loyot is overseeing a $500,000 project to centralize and improve data storage and backup capabilities at the MBL. He is also conducting a campus-wide IT security audit to assess the compliance and security of all data transactions.

“After the data storage project is done, we will have increased our IT systems operations at the MBL by 40 percent over four years,” Loyot says. “It’s challenging!” Looking ahead, his department will be building multiple, state-of-the-art computer server rooms for the MBL in 2008-2009.

Loyot holds a B.S. degree in computer science/engineering from St. Michael’s College in Winooksi, Vt. Prior to joining the MBL, he was technology director at the Benjamin Banneker Charter School in Cambridge, Mass.

Loyot also attended the program in Music Production and Engineering at Berklee School of Music in Boston. An accomplished musician (saxophone, percussion, keyboard, vox), he has played with or opened for Carly Simon, James Taylor, Bo Diddley, Dave Mason, Joan Jett, Hall and Oates, Meatloaf, Cheap Trick, and others. Mr. Loyot designed, built and operates a recording studio in Scituate called Noise in the Attic. Presently, he is producing the band Girls Guns and Glory.


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