Andrew J. (Andy) Oppel is a proud graduate of The Boys' Latin School of Maryland and of Transylvania University (Lexington, KY) where he earned a BA in computer science in 1974. Since then he has been continuously employed in a wide variety of information technology positions, including programmer, programmer/analyst, systems architect, project manager, senior database administrator, database group manager, consultant, database designer, and data architect. He is currently a senior data architect at Safeway Inc.
In addition, he has been a part-time instructor with the University of California (Berkeley) Extension for over 30 years, and received the Honored Instructor Award for the year 2000. His teaching work included developing three courses for UC Extension, "Concepts of Database Management Systems", "Introduction to Relational Database Management Systems", and "Data Modeling and Database Design". He also earned his Oracle 9i Database Associate certification in 2003.
Aside from computer systems, Andy enjoys music (guitar and vocals), amateur radio, and soccer (Referee Instructor, U.S. Soccer).
Andy has designed and implemented hundreds of databases for a wide range of applications, including medical research, banking, insurance, apparel manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, wireless communications, and human resources. His database product experience includes IMS, DB2, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, MySQL, Oracle and Teradata.
Andy has authored "Databases Demystified", "SQL Demystified", "Databases, A Beginner's Guide", and "Data Modeling, A Beginner's Guide". He is also co-author of "SQL, A Beginner's Guide, 3rd Edition" and "SQL, The Complete Reference, 3rd Edition".