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Michael J. Tier


I bring over 16 years of proven experience and expertise to Software Engineering and Information Technology through my passionate endeavors in project management, project engineering and team leadership.  Scholastic achievements like Magna Cum Laude and an MBA show my cerebral edge, which has allowed me to excel in the workplace.  From auto defense, health, civil infrastructure to financial service industry I have obtained a well-versed and balanced professional demeanor.  I have honed the ability to successfully work with large, geographically dispersed teams, stakeholders and customers to exceedingly accomplish project goals.

Work History

Jun 2016Present

Cognitive Advisory Software Engineer 

IBM Watson Health
  • As part of Watson Health, developed a machine learning pipeline in conjunction with a large hospital system to assist physicians in diagnostic activities by processing large sets of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data  health data.
Dec 2012Jun 2016

Solution Architect

IBM Analytics 
  • My role was a senior client-facing, billable, enterprise solutions specialists with IBM Watson Explorer IBM consulting services assisting multiple clients in automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, civil and financial services industries with POCs, needs analysis, solution architecture, workshop, and deployment services of Watson Explorer solutions involving enterprise level content analytic, enterprise search, Big Data, and Cognitive Computing
  • Architected and created unique solutions and custom configurations to existing applications to meet the customer requirements.
  • Delivered client value by allowing clients to best define their business goals.
  • Designed and spearheaded enterprise search and Big Data solutions
  • Installed and configured MapReduce, HIVE and the HDFS; implemented CDH3 Hadoop cluster on RedHat. Assisted with performance tuning and monitoring.
  • Created HBase tables to load large sets of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data coming from UNIX, NoSQL and a variety of portfolios.
  • Supported code/design analysis, strategy development and project planning.
Sep 2014Feb 2015

Principal & Owner

Michael Tier Consulting
  • Managed the redesign of a global steel company's extranet including development of strategic and persuasive web content, implementation of SEO strategy, and development of the end-to-end user experience.
  • Helped small, disadvantaged business streamline marketing program to expand into new federal technology contracting markets. 
Sep 2008Dec 2012

Engineering Manager

General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Managed two teams of software engineers devolving a new mobile device capable of global cellular voice and data communications for the US Navy. My teams were responsible for delivery of all user interface, communication middle wear, and security.
  • Defined phase deliverables, tracked milestones and incurred expenses versus planned expenses, scheduled roles and resources, evaluated risks and recommended contingency plans.
  • Managed project budget, schedule, and cost under Earned Value Management System (EVMS).
  • Owned defect burn down and project risk mitigation plans, oversaw technical changes, negotiated scope, hired new staff, conducted annual goal-setting and performance reviews.
  • Architected REST based web service (Java servelet) and mobile web internet application with accompanying iPad application for allowing 4000 simultaneous users to remotely collaborate and visualize military data in real time resulting in follow-on contracts of $900K.
  • Streamlined development processes via integration of continuous process improvements in accordance with CMMI guidelines, introduction of Agile practices, and a focus on unit testing.
Aug 2007Sep 2008

Lead Software Engineer II

Citrix Systems Inc  
  • Led a geographically dispersed technical project team of software developers through entire SDLC to implement major components of flagship product. Lead role included project definition, gathering and developing requirements, writing project specification, identification of key resources, schedule creation and monitoring, and software development(C#,. NET Framework 3.0, WPF).
  • Implemented user interface features and bug fixes for Citrix XenApp an application virtualization/application delivery product(C++, MFC).
  • Designed and developed Software Quality Assurance software test framework to validate installation of Citrix server and client software products.(C#.NET)
Oct 2003Jul 2007

Senior Software Engineer

General Dynamics Land Systems
  • Senior Software Engineer Software team lead managing the successful integration of a commercial Automatic Speech Recognition system into in militarily automotive touch screen user interfaces(C++, Altia, Nuance, XML, Linux).
  • Designed and developed in-vehicle 3D mapping, mission planning, and battlefield logistics automotive user interface(HMI) software platform allowing multiple projects to share core application software reducing development and testing cost(C++, Qt, OpenSceneGraph, Boost, CORBA, and MySQL).
  • Developed video marketing content that was delivered to 550 contractors and subcontractors in 41 states working on the US Army's FCS program.
  • Served on a team responsible for implementing vehicle software and hardware engineering organization processes to successfully achieve CMMI Level 5 certification.
Feb 2003Oct 2003

Project Engineer

Navistar International Corporation
  • Made real-time simulation and test systems for rapid prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop validation of diesel engine control modules effectively reducing software development time by 6 weeks over entire release.
  • Created, managed, and executed test for real-time embedded control algorithms for diesel engine control modules supplied to Ford for the F-series truck.
  • Designed, interpreted, and managed requirements for automotive Engine Control modules.
Apr 2002Aug 2002

Software Quality Assurance Engineer

  • Created plans to test features, functionality, or whole products at the code level, including unit tests, functional tests, performance tests, scenario tests, workflow tests, install tests, and interoperability tests. 
  • Executed test plans to find defects in product or features of products.
  • Confirmed defects and worked with product development team to prioritize defects and fix them. Logged defects in database for tracking and reporting.
  • Received defect reports from other sources including customers, product support, newsgroups, Applications Engineers(AEs) and confirmed and tracked specific issue for use by development.
  • Conducted API testing to ensure sound interface for third party developers.
Apr 2001Jan 2002

Principal & Owner

Michael Tier Consulting
  • Performed structural steel, timber, concrete, and foundation design and engineering for commercial buildings, industrial food processing facilities, and 3 new exhibits for the Toledo Zoo. 
  • Automated structural design calculations improving efficiency of design engineering staff.  
  • Researched and selected vendors used for the construction of several large projects.
Jan 2000Aug 2000

Project Engineer

Ayres Associates
  • Managed large project to inspect over 100 Michigan bridges carrying passengers on the Federal Interstate system. This involved preparing project budgets, managing project cost, and working in the field to evaluate the structural condition of the assets.
  • Prepared construction project cost estimates and project schedules for the construction of several new State of Michigan highway bridges.
  • Developed software applications to automate the production of structural engineering design calculations. Performed structural steel, timber, and concrete design engineering for the construction of several new State of Michigan bridge projects. This worked included developing structural simulation and analysis of new bridges.
Jan 1999Jan 2000

Project Engineer

Carl Walker, Inc
  • Monitor contractor performance on $8 million and $2 million structural restoration projects. Performed structural analyses, construction document preparation, repair option development, life-cycle cost analyses and construction administration/review of concrete, steel, and masonry structural elements within parking structures, industrial facilities, and building facades.
  • Prepared construction cost and schedule estimates for the construction of several new parking garages for professional sports teams, universities, and municipal clients.


Aug 2008Aug 2010

Master of Business Administration

University of Florida


Aug 2000Dec 2002

B.S.E Computer Engineering

University of Michigan 


Aug 1994Nov 1998

B.S.E Civil Engineering

Michigan Technological University


Technical Skills

Programming Languages
  • C / C++, Java, Scala, JavaScript, XML, Swift
Web Front End  & Web Services
  • HTML5, CSS, Query, REST, JSON, J2EE Servelets
Embedded Systems
  • MATLAB ,Simulink, VxWorks, Green Hills Integrity, ETAS ASCET
Big Data
  • IBM BigInsights,Hadoop,MapReduce,ZooKeeper,


Nov 2008Present

Secret Level Security Clearance

Department of Defense