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Mission

Front-end and UI developer with a passion for design, armed with a background in computer science and the arts. Seeking to work at the intersection of technical and creative perspectives to realize meaningful and modern interfaces and experiences using state-of-the-art skills and tools.

Creative technologist, specialty fabricator, UI developer, and lover of learning with a passion for the creative interplay between art, science and technology. With a background in both computer science and education, as well strong experience in the arts, I am keenly interested in working at the intersection of a diverse array of fields and helping others learn how to cross traditional borders and expand their skillsets.

Skills

Web
  • HTML 10/10
  • CSS 9/10
    • Preprocessors (Sass + LESS) 8/10
    • Frameworks (Bootstrap, Bulma, more) 10/10
  • Javascript 6/10
    • jQuery 10/10
    • Backbone 5/10
    • React 4/10
    • Angular 2/10
    • Vue 2/10
  • Accessibility (WCAG + ARIA) 9/10
  • Responsive techniques 9/10
  • Build tools (Gulp, Grunt, Webpack) 8/10
  • Wordpress 9/10
  • PHP (incl. Laravel + CodeIgniter) 7/10
  • MySQL 3/10
  • C# ASP.NET MVC 2/10
Fabrication
  • Woodworking 5/10
  • Welding (MIG) 3/10
  • CNC routing + milling 7/10
  • 3D printing 10/10
  • Laser cutting 8/10
Design
  • 2D
    • Wireframing (Axure + Balsamiq) 8/10
    • Photoshop 8/10
    • Illustrator 7/10
    • Inkscape 6/10
  • 3D
    • Fusion 360 6/10
    • Rhino (with Grasshopper) 3/10
    • OpenSCAD 7/10
Code
  • Processing 10/10
  • p5.js 7/10
  • openFrameworks 5/10
  • Git 6/10
Hardware
  • Eagle 6/10
  • Arduino 9/10
  • Raspberry Pi 5/10
  • Circuit board (PCB) ...
    • Design 4/10
    • Fabrication 8/10
    • Assembly (incl. SMD) 9/10

Teaching

  • 2016
    Atari Punk Console build workshop for young adults at SOUNDRY at KANEKO (two-day workshop)
  • 2015
    "How to Make Almost Anything" course at Metropolitan Community College's FabLab (semester-long course)
  • 2015
    Circuit bending worskshop for young adults at SOUNDRY at KANEKO (one-day workshop)
  • 2014
    Maker Corps Mentor at Omaha Children's Museum (part-time position)
  • 2012
    STEAM microworkshops for Girl Scouts at University of Nebraska at Kearney (one-day workshop)
  • 2011
    Interactive and Generative Art course at University of Nebraska at Kearney (semester-long course)

Education

Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) in Instructional Technology
University of Nebraska at Kearney — August 2011 to May 2014
  • Pursued self-directed, project-based courses and research focused on the integration of advanced and emerging technologies into studio art curriculum in close collaboration with arts faculty.
  • Collaborated with Arts faculty to expand their existing undergraduate curriculum with hands-on, project-based exercises centered on STEAM concepts and emerging technologies like Arduino, 3D printing and projection mapping.
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Computer Science
University of Nebraska at Kearney — August 2005 to May 2011
  • Designed and taught a full semester-long course to a group of fellow undergraduates entitled “Interactive and Generative Art”, culminating in a public exhibition.
  • Facilitated acquisition and execution of a $20,000 grant with Computer Science and Art & Art History departments.

Experience

UI Developer (consultant) at Concord
Minneapolis, MN — July 2017 to present
  • Worked closely with client design and development teams, providing modern front-end and UI development capabilities and guidance.
  • Architected, built, and delivered a custom Bootstrap-based design framework for a client in close collaboration with designers. Deliverables included sample templates, documentation, and source code making use of Bootstrap v4, Sass, Gulp, and modern HTML/CSS.
Front End Developer (contractor) at Connexions Loyalty
Minneapolis, MN — February 2017 to May 2017
  • Developed new features using company's custom Javascript (ES5) front-end framework, based loosely on Backbone.
  • Built and delivered pixel-perfect CSS (via Sass) themes for clients informed by high-level style guides and close collaboration with UX personnel. All themes were delivered ahead of schedule.
  • Took initiative to optimize and fully document the Grunt-based build system used throughout the company, significantly improving compilation times and enabling more rapid UI feature development.
Web Designer/Developer at Securities America, Inc.
Omaha, NE — October 2015 to July 2016
  • Designed, wireframed and prototyped web applications in collaboration with developers and business owners using Axure, Photoshop, HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • Established and advocated for the use of the company’s first style guide (custom built in .NET MVC 5) and design framework (built on top of Bootstrap 3 using LESS, Gulp, and Javascript).
  • Worked closely with .NET developers to build web applications using .NET MVC 5, Bootstrap 3, KendoUI, jQuery, custom Javascript (ES5) and modern responsive HTML/CSS, often interfacing with .NET web services.
Adjunct Professor at Metropolitan Community College
Omaha, NE — August 2015 to November 2015
  • Designed and taught an intensive 11-week, hands-on, project-based course titled “How to Build Almost Anything” covering topics including Maker culture, 3D printing/scanning, laser cutting, CNC milling, vinyl cutting, hand and power tools and more.
  • Duties also include collaborating with on-campus instructional designers to generate actionable course materials for students to use to engage in relevant content more fully both within and beyond the course.
Freelance Creative Technology Consultant
Omaha, NE — June 2014 to present
  • Provide custom design-build and consulting services to local and international fine artists and institutions, specializing in physical computing, creative coding and digital fabrication using tools and skills such as Arduino, circuit board design and fabrication, Processing (Java), CAD, CNC routing/milling, 3D printing and laser cutting.
Web Developer (contractor) at Creighton University
Omaha, NE — March 2015 to June 2015
  • Contract full-stack web development of a custom internal content management system for faculty activity.
  • Responsibilities included designing, architecting and developing a custom solution using PHP, MySQL, CodeIgniter, modern HTML/CSS, Bootstrap 3 and custom Javascript with jQuery.
Maker Corps Mentor at Omaha Children’s Museum
Omaha, NE — May 2014 to July 2014
  • Designed and facilitated hands-on educational activities for children as part of a summer program in partnership with the Maker Education Initiative.
Graduate Assistant at University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE — August 2011 to May 2014
  • Digitized educational videos for online distribution using Adobe Premiere.
  • Assisted faculty in updating and maintaining online curriculum through Blackboard LMS.
Undergraduate Researcher at University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE — May 2010 to May 2011
  • Designed and taught a full semester-long course to a group of fellow undergraduates entitled “Interactive and Generative Art”, culminating in a public exhibition.
Web Programmer at Kearney Hub
Kearney, NE — November 2008 to June 2010
  • Redesigned entire website in collaboration with business owners and marketing personnel using Photoshop, physical processes, and HTML/CSS/Javascript for iterative mockups and prototyping. Included the use of user surveys and basic analytics for UX insights.
  • Developed new website features within proprietary industry-specific CMS using PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript.
  • Designed and developed microblogs for reporters using WordPress.
  • Interacted with external small-business contract clients to build and maintain their websites using PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS and Javascript.
  • Created interactive and animated web advertisements using Adobe Flash and Actionscript (2 and 3).