Experienced software engineer with a passion for providing human-friendly, robust solutions built with contemporary technologies and practices. I have been developing advanced web applications and other software since 1998 and with Ruby and Rails since 2006. I enjoy working with technical and non-technical staff, engineers and non-engineers. I strive to provide robust solutions that people find useful and enjoy using, whether it’s application end users or fellow developers that work with the software and documentation.
Master of Science, Physics, West Virginia University
Bachelor of Science, Physics, Departmental Honors, Mathematics Minor, Truman State University
Software Engineer III, 2013 - present
Software Engineer II, 2011 - 2013
Designed and developed Project Requests Online (PRESTO), a web application for requesting NSF scientific facilities, using Ruby on Rails, third-party REST API, Nginx, Docker, PostgreSQL and CoffeeScript.
Developed and supported Docker images following a number of different patterns and for a variety of use cases.
Supervised and mentored junior staff, providing guidance in Ruby, Rails and software-engineering practices.
Systems Engineer / Administrator, 2009-2011
Developed log-processing application in Python with FTP, Geo-IP, MySQL APIs and regular expressions to download and parse CDN log data. Refactored MySQL schema to optimize relational integrity and performance.
Administered database and web servers: managed and optimized daemon configurations. Developed Ruby-on-Rails application for popular social-networking site using social-networking API and mark-up language.
Developed and managed software to backup log files and database dumps and upload them to AWS S3.
Deployed software on AWS EC2.
Software Engineer, 2007 - 2009
Developed HIPAA-compliant web applications and authentication systems via Object-Oriented Design and Test-Driven Development using Ruby on Rails, RESTful Authentication, AJAX, RSpec, Passenger and Capistrano.
Software Engineer, 2002 - 2007
Performed research & development for analysis of legacy / reused flight software systems, as Technical Lead and Senior Software Engineer for the NASA Legacy Project at NASA's Independent Verification & Validation Facility (2005-2007). Developed web application application for software-reuse analysis, using Ruby on Rails, AJAX, PostgreSQL and Open-Source libraries.
Developed software for analysis and geo-location of GOES-satellite GVAR-format weather data for the NOAA CLASS Project, served as GOES / GVAR subject-matter expert (2002-2005).
Application Developer, 1999 - 2001
Developed web applications for content-driven web magazine and for timing / scoring of 24-hour mountain-bike racing events produced by client Granny Gear Productions, developed with popular web-scripting language, PostgreSQL and Apache.
Application Developer, 1998 - present
Developed and enhanced web sites and applications for clients using Ruby on Rails, AJAX, Passenger, Capistrano, Python with Twitter, RSS and social-networking APIs.
Research Assistant, 1996 - 1999
Developed plasma sources, measurement instruments and software for WVU Q-Machine.