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Profile: I’m an engineer/designer at heart and enjoy building and designing things, be they applications, user interfaces, or systems. I understand how systems work, and can envision improvements easily. I’m technically advanced, and also able to translate complex concepts into simple language. I enjoy a challenge, and I strive for not only functional perfection, but also for beauty in design.

 

Employment: Accuweather, July 2014-present

Mobile Applications Developer

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Worked on Agile development team to continually improve iOS Accuweather applications. Contributed to clarifying user interaction issues, improve code base, work with third party libraries to include new functionality. Work with pre-production devices and outside vendor beta equipment/SDKs.

 


Employment: Clipper Magazine, 1997-July 2014

During my employment, I have contributed to the company in a number of roles: Application Development, Prepress Expert, Workflow Improvement/Process Engineering, Training and Communication

Application Development

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I took initiative to create applications to streamline the PrePress department, in order to reduce human workload and reduce errors, reducing the need for additional staff. My programming skills grew to create applications to enable output of files with various automated tools, reducing manual input and saving time and money.

Programming Experience

  • Objective-C & C (since 2009)
  • iOS & Mac OS X desktop dev. (Cocoa and iOS SDK)
  • Applescript & automation (since 1998)
  • iTunes App Store distribution (iOS and Desktop)
  • Integration with SQL databases
  • Third party frameworks and open source libraries
  • Full SDLC & user feedback improvements


Applications Used

  • XCode
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Dreamweaver)
  • Cornerstone (SVN) & Github
  • Script Debugger & Applescript Editor
  • FileMaker Pro
  • MS Excel, Word


Workflow Improvement/Process Engineering

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  • Mac OS X expert (Mac power user since 1994)
  • Automation to output PDF/images/text, file transmission, database automation, file conversions, xml output
  • Applescript automation
  • File organization and archiving, search
  • Systems-level analysis of workflow; efficiency recommendations to department managers

 

Training & Communication

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When new processes were implemented or I created a new application, I also developed training material across multiple media. My training has made users productive and efficient on Day 1 of new procedures. As the lead expert in Prepress, I communicate with my department and other department managers. I have excellent communication skills and am able to work with many types of personalities.

  • Live training seminars for new systems/processes
  • Typed documentation with images (PDFs, printouts)
  • Narrated videos/screencasts
  • Follow up or post-session files/practice material
  • Purchasing recommendations to managers


Freelance Development

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Created unique Mac OS X and iOS applications. Distribute apps via iTunes & App Store, and on my own website.


Personal Interests & Activities

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  • Regional Executive for SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Susquehanna Region chapter, 280 members, managing meetings and multiple aspect of club functions
  • SCCA competitive driver for 13 years (in Firebird Trans Am, Hondas, Formula Ford), instructor, and event spokesperson
  • SCCA webmaster and event photographer, (http://www.scca-susq.com)
  • BRAKES (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) Driving instructor for teenage student drivers in local not-for-profit driving school. (http://www.lionssafedrivingproject.com)
  • Personal automobile maintenance (and the zen of wheel/brake changes)
  • Red Velvet cake baker and connoisseur
  • Photography


Education

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  • Hagerstown Community College, 2013, Online learning in SQL, PHP, CSS, HTML
  • Big Nerd Ranch, 2009, Certificate for Objective-C and Cocoa programming
  • Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert, 2001
  • Harrisburg Area Community College, 1993 - 1996, Associate of Arts: Graphic Design


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