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Auburn University PhD Student / WEBDEVELOPER / IT / GIS


Current PhD student offering 13+ year career in information technology and website development. Quickly learn and master new technologies; successful working in both team and self-directed settings.


2017 – present

Auburn University

Pursuing Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer Science & Software Engineering

Relevant Coursework:

  • Special Topics in Cloud Computing
  • Advanced Computer Architecture
  • Advanced Operating Systems
  • Special Topics: iOS App Development
  • Advanced Topics in Algorithms

Graduated: 2009 – 2012

Columbus State University

Master of Science in Computer Science, conc. Software Development

Relevant Coursework:

  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Architecture
  • Contemporary Issues in DB Main Systems
  • Web Site Development/Technology
  • Human Computer Interface Development
  • Enterprise Web Application Development
  • Software Test & Quality Assurance
  • Programming Languages
  • Object-Oriented Development with Components
  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Selected Topics in CSCI - Study Abroad: Tokyo, Japan
  • Computer Graphics

2003 – 2007

LaGrange College

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

Industry Experience

February 2013 – December 31st, 2020>

Web Developer/Designer/GIS Supervisor

City of LaGrange - LaGrange, GA

  • Responsible for working on responsive web-based applications, website enhancements, database-backend websites and website layout enhancements for city and county government as well as nonprofit organizations.
  • Write code using SQL, C#, JavaScript, iOS/Swift, PHP. Work with Web & .NET prog languages utilizing an IDE, Visual Studio and applying scripts: JavaScript, jQuery plugins and more.
  • Design of web graphics utilizing Adobe Creative products: InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, i.e.
  • Develop e-mail HTML templates, email marketing (MailChimp, ConstantContact, i.e.), social media and web analytics
  • Maintain and configure SQL and MYSQL databases. Administration of MySQL handled over the web with the phpMyAdmin tool; Administration of SQL handled within the Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) tool.
  • Responsible for delivering and providing comprehensive GIS services to departments and divisions in support of departmental GIS needs. Provides overall management of joint resources, long range planning, coordination of activities among participating departments, including database design and maintenance, map design, data digitizing; attribute collection; administering database structures, programming; project analysis; developing processing and documentation standards.
  • Oversees the activities of GIS subordinate working toward accomplishment of goals; understands, demonstrates and explains the mission, roles, policies, and function and addresses concerns regarding GIS programs and specific customer issues.
  • Performs GIS software updates and maintenance of of ESRI server. Setup and maintain online GIS maps through ESRI RESTful web services.
  • Led GIS Steering Committee to select vendor for Troup County, GA aerial flyover. Successfully produced a RFP and secured bid. Flyover complete February 2020; note: first flyover in eleven years.
  • Collects or oversees counter sales of maps and data, address assignment applications, etc.
  • Write code for iOS and Android platforms; creation and development of iOS and Android app, CityLG in 2014. Made available in iTunes and Google Marketplace. Interview available,
  • Experience with Roku App development utilizing the Brightscript, scripting language in the Eclipse IDE
  • Create SQL reports, mining from multiple databases.
  • Setup and maintain web server and applications; Microsoft IIS
  • Install and maintain SharePoint servers. Customization of SharePoint site collections using tools: SharePoint Designer, InfoPath
  • Maintain Windows server and virtual machines; VMWare
  • Interact with active directory domains and exchange servers daily
  • Manage web domains

2009 – 2013

MIS Technician II/Webmaster

City of LaGrange - LaGrange, GA

  • Provide hardware and software support
  • Maintain Government website and FaceBook
  • Perform troubleshooting and provide end-user support
  • Resolve users' system problems and queries
  • Network & software
  • Maintain Windows servers
  • Interact with Active Directory domains and Exchange servers daily
2007 – 2009

MIS Technician I

City of LaGrange - LaGrange, GA

Course Projects

June 2017 – August 2017

Cloud Computing Project

Auburn University - Auburn, AL

  • Linux System Admin / OpenStack (Centos)
  • Project Scope: Setup multiple virtual machines in OpenStack to be sued to emulate a server center environment, including NAT, DNS, NTP, IPTables, and Passwordless SSH. (OpenStack) Set up virtual networks, routers, security groups. ssh key pairs, virtual machines (horizon and cli). (Centos) Set up NAT, DNS, NTP, docker, bridges, veth-pairs, and opened appropriate ports via iptables.
  • OpenStack / Ceph (Deployment/Management) - Centos
  • Project Scope: Deploy multi-node OpenStack with ceph as storage backend using Kolla-Ansible. Create initial public network for tenants, define flavors, create and use image, create projects and users, create vm using my deployment of OpenStack.
    Tools: named, ntpd, iptables, bridge-utils, ip, ifconfig, vi, docker, ceph, Kolla-Ansible

Seminars & Workshops

January 2021

Los Alamos National Laboratories - Cyber Boot Camp

Tools: VMware, Jupyter Labs, Volatility 2 & 3, Rekall, Winpmem, Autopsy 416 with python plugins, Eric Zimmermain's tools, CyberChef, Ghidra, FTK Imager, Sysinternals, Love

July 2020

ESRI User Conference 2020 - Interconnecting our World


August 2018

ESRI SouthEast User Conference 2018 - Inspiring What's Next

Charlotte, NC

July 2017

ESRI User Conference 2017 - The Science of Where

San Diego, CA

July 2017

ESRI User Pre-Conference 2017 - Making Great Maps

San Diego, CA

February 2017

ESRI The ArcGIS User Seminar - Getting the Most Value from Your ArcGIS

Atlanta, GA

April 2016

Government Social Media Conference - #GSMCON

Dallas, TX

March 2016

ESRI Developer Summit 2016 - Enabling a Smarter World

Palm Springs, CA


Feb 2020

GCIC Security Awareness Training

March 2016

Accelebrate certified in Response Web Design with Bootstrap; HTML5 CSS3 and Javascript

September 2015

ESRI certified in ArcGIS for Server: Sharing GIS Content on the Web

May 2013

ESRI certified in Building Web Applications Using the ArcGIS API for Silverlight & Javascript

Feb 2013

Learning Tree International certified in Building SharePoint Server Enterprise Solutions

Recent News

Core Skills

Web Technologies & Frameworks & Languages: HTML5, CSS, ASP.NET, PHP, MVC, C#, C, BrightScript, Swift
IDE: Visual Studio, Eclipse, Notepad ++, Jupyter Labs, Adobe Dreamweaver
Databases: MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server
Scripts/UI: Javascript, JQuery, AJAX, Bootstrap, Arcade
Application/Web Server: IIS
Versioning & Other Tools: GitHub, Chrome developer tools, Google Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Business, Google MarketPlace, Apple Developer, Roku Developers, FaceBook for Developers
Deployment Tools: Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Docker
Servers: Virtual Box, VMware, Microsoft Azure, physical
Cloud Platforms (PaaS): Windows, Azure, IBM Bluemix
Experienced in developing mobile applications: iOS, Android
SharePoint: SharePoint 2013 - 2016 server & tools such as SharePoint Designer & Microsoft InfoPath
CMS & Graphic Editors: WordPress, Drupal, Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva
ESRI ArcGIS Products: ArcGIS Enterprise (Server), Desktop, Portal, WAB, Silverlight/Javascript API, Collector, Survey123, Field Maps, Pro, AGOL,
Additional Skills: Microsoft Office, Exchange and activity directory


Aug 2017-Present

Society of Women Engineers, Auburn University, Webmaster

Honors & Awards


Golden Key International Honour Society, 212th Golden Key Chapter Auburn University

July 2021

2021 ESRI Special Achievements in GIS-In Progress, Reviewing


Address Auburn
AL 36830
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