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Nicholas Tovar

Technologist and IT Specialist


I strive to ease and improve people's lives through my love of technology. My curiosity drives me to learn new things and challenge the limits of my understanding. I am determined to work hard in a profession that is interesting, fulfilling and continually forces me to grow. I regularly seek opportunities to advance in my fields of interest and help others using the knowledge I have acquired.

I accrued my experience through multiple facets of my life: academic, professional and personal. Particular emphasis has been placed on problem solving, leadership, professionalism and teamwork.

My specialty skills include: OS Familiarity: Language Experience:
  • Research
  • Programming
  • Computer hardware/software
  • Network administration/engineering
  • Business computer infrastructure
  • Technical support
  • Database administration
  • Web development/modification
  • Public speaking
  • Windows (95-10)
  • Mac (OSX)
  • IOS
  • Android
  • Linux (fedora, centos, ubuntu, debian)
  • BSD (Free BSD)
  • Assembly
  • Basic
  • Visual basic
  • C
  • C++
  • Visual C++
  • C#
  • Java
  • HTML
  • PHP

Work experience

May 2014Present

Information Technology and Communications Specialist

The Kavli Foundation

The Kavli Foundation is a non-profit private science foundation and is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work.

I singularly managed all IT for the Kavli Foundation along with working on Communications projects. We did work with contractors both on the IT and Communications side that I helped to coordinate and train.

Regular Communications Duties:

Regular IT Duties:

  • Website and Content Management System (CMS) maintenance
  • Web content updating
  • Social media planning
  • Media creation (InDesign, Photoshop Premier Pro)
  • Copy editing
  • Manage and collaborate with freelancers/temps/interns
  • Proofreading
  • Web/social analytics interpretation
  • Google hangouts
  • Technical support
  • Equipment purchasing and maintenance
  • Infrastructure maintenance
  • Network administration
  • Web platform maintenance and updating
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosis (network, computer hardware/software and technical issues)
  • Computer repair/upgrades
  • Email administration
  • Hosting and domain administration
  • IT project management
  • Systems administration
Notable projects:
  • Spotlight live Google Hangouts - Technically manage and coordinate 30 minute talks with scientist
  • Web Content and Platform Management -,
  • Office-wide network infrastructure upgrade
  • Implementation VoIP communications system
Feb 2008Present

IT Consultant

Independent Professional

I've worked with individual, small business and non-profit customers, with a broad range of customer service and support needs.

Technical Consulting Skills:

Other Skills:
  • Troubleshooting and diagnosis
  • Equipment purchasing/maintenance
  • Computer repair/upgrades
  • Infrastructure maintenance
  • Network administration
  • Web platform maintenance/updating
  • Technical support
  • Email administration
  • Hosting and domain administration
  • IT project management
  • Systems administrator
  • Webmaster/Web-administration
  • Programming, Scripting
  • IT Security
  • Open Source Friendly
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Premier Pro
  • Web/Print Media creation
  • Drupal design/modification
  • Proofreading
  • Social Media (Twitter,Facebook,G+)
  • Google Hangouts
  • Web Analytics
  • Social Analytics
Notable Projects: Latest Business Clients:
  • Telepresence Video Conference Room
  • Virtualized Networking (VMware ESXi, pfSense)
  • The Kavli Foundation
  • Sunbelt Enterprises LLC




I took several physics classes as well as computer science coursework.


Associates Degree

Ventura Community College

My focus was in computer science and physics, but I took several science courses that were not required to round out my science background.