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The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. Proverbs 18:15
Herr Hägele has been teaching German and English for homeschoolers in the Wake County, NC area for several years. He has a B.S. in Secondary Education/English with a minor in German from East Stroudsburg State College. He also received an M.S. from Drexel University. He taught 10-11 grade English and an elective in photography for seven years at a public high school in Pennsylvania where he became tenured and earned a permanent PA Department of Education certification. He was also the school’s newspaper advisor, assistant German Club advisor, head varsity soccer coach and assistant varsity wrestling coach. He also wrote a sports column for a local daily newspaper. He currently holds a "D" Level US Soccer Coaching license.

Herr Hägele joined IBM in 1984 at the Research Division’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. Before his retirement in 2011, he was an IBM Executive and an IBM Distinguished Engineer, which are very rare honors. The CEO of IBM personally approves promotions to “DE”. He also served as the CTO for IBM Applications Services North America Delivery. He was a technical leader in the architecture, design, and implementation of complex enterprise-wide applications and system solutions, and architectural design and assessments. He is an experienced practitioner in the validation of architectures, provides technical reviews, leads enterprise architecture projects, and also works with teams to resolve problems or discover better IT solutions. He holds patents in Internet and database technologies.

During his time at IBM, Herr Hägele had been the Chief Architect or Chief Engineer for many international commercial projects spanning many industries which included Defense (US DoD and UK MOD), Telco, Healthcare, Retail Core Banking, Automotive OEM, and others. He held secret security clearances with the US DoD and UK MoD. His leadership and mentoring was worldwide for projects in the US, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Turkey, UK, Belgium, and other countries. As his last assignment before retirement, he was on loan to IBM Germany and based in Frankfurt for work in the German and European financial sectors. In 2000-2002 he was the chief IBM architect and engineer on the world's largest currency trading system exclusively as a virtual bank for the largest banks of the world. The project was Continuous Linked Settlement and the details are on Wikipedia. (Button link below)

Other duties in IBM included chairing an IBM Global Business Services Invention Disclosure Team and mentoring several IT Architects, IT Specialists, and other IBM Distinguished Engineers. He has been a presenter at International IBM CIO conferences, an invited speaker at conferences held by national and international organizations, and various other technical and leadership events.

Herr Hägele is married, has three daughters and eight grandchildren.