Brigham Young University - Information Technology
Software Development Engineer at Adobe
Information Technology & Services
I am a senior IT engineer with particular interests in management and administration automation for large systems, hardware/OS/application monitoring and management, and in generally allowing IT engineers to do more with less. I have extensive experience in using open source management and monitoring systems and glue coding to allow existing systems to reach needed levels of effectiveness and usability.
Professionally, I started as a hardware technician, then moved into software testing for Asian and Middle-east-language software. After several years of quality assurance work, I shifted to server and network administration, then into Java web development, then into monitoring and data center-wide management systems. I have a great passion toward monitoring and system management, which shows in my last several jobs.
A recent dip back into the academic world for a Master's degree in IT piqued my interest in statistical and graphical analysis of IT systems data, including log file analysis, netflow analysis, security log analysis and the like. It has also reminded me of how much I enjoy teaching and mentoring in the IT space.
I am one of those people who reads technical books for pleasure and enjoys helping neighbors fix their computer problems (though that fun has to be balanced for the family's sake). I enjoy learning programming languages and systems as much as I enjoy learning about human languages and systems.
I hope to eventually move on to a PhD, and, in the mean time, to continue enjoying the wide variety of fun IT projects that come along in my current organization.
Specialties: Systems integration and glue coding, software tools, open source, systems management, monitoring, mentoring, log file analysis, text analysis
Thesis: Bayesian Content Filters for Log File Analysis
I am currently teaching Systems Administration and related classes in the School of Technology at BYU, one per semester as the department determines the need. This is a great opportunity to share years of experience with an amazing set of students full of ideas and enthusiasm.