StarGate Technologies was founded in 2001 by one of our instructors, Mehmet Kilinc. As a computer service store, it quickly branched out into other venues. From the beginning StarGate’s services were expansive, including custom built computers and servers, servicing all types of computers, laptops, and mobile devices. We offered on-site tech support and network administration for medium to small businesses. From the feedback we received from our industry partners, it was obvious that people needed relevant knowledge now. Our clients could not afford the time to send their employees away for months or years at a time. We also noticed that our customers were sometimes overwhelmed with amount of knowledge in the computer industry. Our loyal customers told us they couldn’t figure out a way to gain a basic understanding of technology, and asked up to help.
That’s when StarGate Institute of Technology was formed. In the early years of the institute, our classes were informally given inside the shop (similar to training at the Apple stores). Our classes were easy and laid-back, and well suited for the basics. We understood that one-day seminars weren’t sufficient to meet the needs of our clients, and we quickly moved on to a dedicated facility. In 2010 we formally moved into our first dedicated classroom, with the latest technology, fastest internet, and certified instructors. All our other courses have a serious and rigorous workload. You will most certainly be challenged if you join the ranks here in pursuit to become an expert. At S.I.T. we focus only on the technology, and drop the nonsense. All of our instructors are certified and work full-time in the industry while also teaching. We are not greedy with our knowledge. We are the experts training future experts.™
Mehmet Kilinc has been served as the program director for Information Security Program at Gwinnett Technical College (GTC) all the way from its inception in 2003 till 2014. He was part of the team that started the Information Security program at GTC which was the first in the technical college system of Georgia. He also served as the state chair for the Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee for Information Security program for over 10 years. He has taught at various formal institutions and currently teaches at Georgia Gwinnett College. He has more than 20 years of IT experience as a programmer, data base administrator, technology instructor, network administrator, and information security professional.
Dr. Armada Pinkins:
Dr. Pinkins served almost six years in the United States Air Force as an officer and worked in the technical fields of Air Weapons Controller and Titan II Missile Combat Crew Commander. Dr. Pinkins has taught English in various environments including in the workplace, and other adult and community education programs. She has also taught all levels of K-12 education. She currently teaches ESL and GED classes at Gwinnett Technical College and Contract Business English for IOR Global Services Language Department. Dr. Pinkins has a doctorate degree in Adult Education, two master’s degrees – Human Relations/Management and Teaching English as a Second Language, and a bachelor’s degree in education. In addition, she has a Diploma in Information Security and certificates in Cyber Crimes, Computer Repair Technician, and Health Information Technology.
Ross Everett is a founding member of The Aspen Security Group, a company dedicated to providing IT support with security being a main tenet in customer IT infrastructure. Mr. Everett holds over 25 various IT certifications including CISSP-ISSMP, CISSP-ISSAP, PMP, CSP, CIPP, CCNA, ITILv3 and a black-belt in Six Sigma. He has taught many IT and security courses for many institutions. He is also he Director of Training for the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association.
Ali Kilinc graduated college at 19 and started working full-time managing StarGate of North Fulton. He has over 10 years of experience in IT and has various IT certifications. Mr. Kilinc is the IT administrator for many of his customers and is solely responsible for their network infrastructure, network security, and cloud systems. He is currently working for Dell SecureWorks as an InfoSec Analyst. Ali Kilinc is the son of Mehmet Kilinc and both have worked together at StarGate on numerous projects throughout the years.
Our facility has recently (2015) been updated to comply with all the latest standards and technology requirements. We have computers custom-built workstations running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Linux
(CentOS and Ubuntu), Mac OS (10.10 Yosemite) and even Raspberry Pi! We have high definition projectors, private access, speedy internet, and dedicated workstations for each expert in training. Our classrooms are intimate and student-focused. Our largest classroom is limited to 4 desks, with a maximum class size of 8 students. With such a small student to instructor ratio, everyone has the chance to get one on one attention. We are extremely proud of the high standards we set for the atmosphere. Thirsty? Need a snack? No problem. Every session will include complimentary snacks and refreshments.