I am an integral member of a small agile web development team changing the way people manage their
professional identity online.
•Guide technical activities of team members and participate in deﬁning product features.
•Lead development of critical features: full text (Sphinx), geographic search, and match making.
•Manage development of experimental features: directed development of an iPhone application by a 3rd
party and implemented the underlying REST interface.
•Improve user experience: created a RESTful ﬁle upload manager replacing a previously existing
unreliable Flash design.
•Enhance ability to generate revenue: participated in the development of jobs/opportunities, created a
“feature provisioning” mechanism for private instances of the site.
•Increase productivity by introducing new approaches, identifying opportunities for code reuse, and
automating common repetitive tasks.
I was responsible for designing and implementing focused solutions for a Theatre Effects Based
Operations (TEBO) system in the Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration phase using Java EE,
Spring, Hibernate, and MS SQL. During my involvement, I improved TEBO by implementing an entity
level localization feature supporting an arbitrary number of languages, default language caching, and out
of sync translation detection. My abstracted the underlying complexity of localization from front end
developers. The previous system only supported two languages because of limits stemming from
technical design and required excessive conﬁguration to add localization support to new business objects.
I was responsible for leading the technical design and implementation of the Net-Enabled Command and
Control Federated Development and Certiﬁcation Environment. My activities span from requirements
gathering, analysis , system architecture, user interaction design, implementation of server-side and client
side software, writing documentation and automated test cases, and training new developers. This
project makes extensive use of advanced features of Ruby on Rails such as RESTful routes, single table
inheritance, polymorphism, and serialization. It is also the ﬁrst Ruby on Rails application to be deployed
on a classiﬁed Department of Defense network.
•Created the initial domain model of the system and am responsible for designing changes. My design
makes use of many advanced features: polymorphism, single-table inheritance, serialization, and
association methods. Under my guidance we have adopted the REST style architecture for our
•Designed and implemented a plugin extending ActiveRecord with a search method that maps query
parameters to conditions. I also created helpers for generating ﬁltering and sorting interfaces. The
query tokenizer is implemented using a regular expression that gives users a way of expressing the
search terms using Google like syntax. This severely reduced the development effort of implementing a
•Designed and implemented an access control plugin for the system enabling developers to specify
security rules for individual actions. Because the customer required more ﬁned grained control than a
simple role based system would allow an open source plugin was not an option. My solution uses a
combination of roles and group membership to determine if a user may invoke an action for a
particular instance of a resource. In addition, I created helpers enabling developers to use the policy to
control rendering of certain user interface elements. By doing this we are capable of rendering buttons
and links if and only if a user is capable of invoking the action.
•Designed and implemented a polymorphic resource that allows developers to specify additional
attributes without making changes to the underlying schema using the Rails' serialization feature. The
resource makes use of single table inheritance to support the need for resource with different attribute
•Created the CSS and semantic markup for the system. Because the project team does not have a user
interface designer I have ﬁlled this role. Even though we are not permitted to use XMLHttpRequest in
•Conﬁgured our test and pilot environment. Apache has been conﬁgured to support CAC and ECA
(SSL certiﬁcates). Rails has been conﬁgured to work with a remote MySQL server using SSL.
Deployment has been automated using Capistrano. We have recently enabled deployment of branches
to a sub-domain corresponding to the branch name to test new ideas preceding a merge.
I designed, developed, and piloted an innovative portfolio of concepts that created cost savings and
revenue opportunities. Because the Advanced Technology Group reported to the CTO, I briefed him
quarterly on a portfolio of concepts. In recognition of our creativity and forward thinking, the CTO
designated the Director of ATG and I as the technical representatives for the Store of the Future program
and other strategic relationships. My engineering efforts were accomplished while working on a small
team under tight deadlines.
•Designed a shopping list and meal planner using Ruby on Rails that utilized several years of a
customer’s history. It provided users with a calendar view of shopping history that inspired by
Google’s search history feature. It also would generate a tag cloud of a shopper’s history for an
adjustable time frame.
•Prototyped a “peerocratic” review system using Ruby on Rails that proposed a transparent way of
managing activities and rewards.
•Drafted a plan for an in-store platform supporting the use of customer owned mobile devices. The plan
included user stories and an architectural blueprint that would support various features: locating items,
comparing prices, buying music, and sharing recipes.
•Gained Albertsons involvement in the early beta of Flex and evaluating it for thin client kiosks.
•Implemented a savant to ﬁlter network trafﬁc using JDK 1.4 that would buffer data and post data to a
web service intermittently.
•Created a deployment utility for Windows Mobile devices used by Albertson’s out-of-stock programs
using the .NET framework.
•Prototyped store climate monitoring using a sensor network.
Initially, I reported to the Director of IT with basic administrative responsibilities and maintenance of the
external web site. In my spare time, I created an intranet with a message board and an online directory
using an LDAP backend. I also evaluated and implemented a website trafﬁc reporting tool for our
marketing team. Other accomplishments included a Flash micro-site and integrating syndicated content
from third parties using a Java SAX XML parser into the external web site.
These contributions prompted the VP of Marketing and Business Development to recruit me onto his
team and contribute technically to sales and marketing. Afterwards, I developed an email campaign tool
that helped sales people target potential customers with customized messages and track results. Because
of my ability to identify, evaluate, and explain the potential value of new technologies I wrote marketing
collateral and contributed to white papers written by the CTO.
I began working at Hewlett-Packard while I was still a senior in high school. I had been creating and
managing web sites on HP intranet. As an intern, I was tasked with learning how to administer
Window’s desktop machines to and NT and Unix servers in the data center.
I started by learning HPUX and PERL because most of the dynamically generated web content was done
using CGI on Unix systems at the time. When Microsoft released IIS and FrontPage the IT organization
migrated from the Unix world over to Windows NT 4.0. I was the ﬁrst and last line of support for the
various teams that were hosting web sites on the local site network and became the local expert for
anyone building a site for their group.
After becoming a proﬁcient ASP developer I was given the opportunity to develop an application that
made it possible to manage printer warranties with a web application instead of a shared spreadsheet. I
was paired with a database admin and after three months had successfully delivered a working product
that let an entire organization make and share changed information instantly.
My success at HP helped me earn a full-time position with Agilent as a web engineer where I continued
supporting and helping users until I left in 2000.
Orderve : Restaurants, Menus, and Orders -- oh my!
CryoText : Mobile placemarks and messaging.
Java Shell Annotations : Command line enable your Java classes.
Peerocracy : Goal mapping and tracking for groups.
•Orderve - Find restaurants and place an order for pickup. The site is implemented using advanced
REST and Ajax techniques.
•Java Shell, 2007 - I created a Java library that enables a developer to shell enable a program using
annotations. This enabled me to focus on the learning objective for class assignments instead of writing
repetitious code mapping user input to method arguments. The library makes heavy use of the Java
•Startup Weekend DC, 2007 - Participated as a developer, worked closely with UI team to implement
semantically correct interface using CSS. I assisted in analysis of the concept and design of system
•CryoText, 2006 - Created a site for users to register a keyword and a message. When anyone sent an
SMS to a phone number the message would be sent as a reply. Users could see who requested a
message and also what requests they sent from their phone. I created a Java application for a
Blackberry to handle routing and implemented the site using Ruby on Rails and MySQL.
•Rec’n’Ball Records, 2002 - Implemented a site for a startup record company. I created a basic content
management system using PHP, today I would use an open source content management system
•Courseware Library for Agilent, 2000 - I implemented a web application enabling employees to manage
courseware documentation using ASP and MS-SQL.