Appalachian State University - Degree Awarded - May 7, 2011
Master of Science in Physics and Laboratory Automation
- Member of Sigma Pi Sigma
- Research on GPGPU applications in astrophysics
- Heavy instrumentation focus
Appalachian State University Degree Awarded - May 11, 2008
Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy
- Researched and collected data on binary asteroids
- Publication in ICARUS as a research contributor
Appalachian State University ITS - February 2010 - Present - Boone, NC
Operations and Systems Analyst
- Performed system administration tasks on Linux based systems.
- Applications administered include, but not limited to, nginx, Apache, MySQL, MailScanner, Sendmail, Postfix, Shibboleth and Jenkins.
Appalachian State University TSS - September 2003 - February 2010 - Boone, NC
PC and Mac Technician
- Serviced PC and Macintosh hardware and software.
- Provided end user support, including training.
- Developed diagnostic and storage systems, managed back system running Linux.
- Apple Customer Service Excellence awards.
Appalachian State University Physics and Astronomy - August 2007 - May 2008 - Boone, NC
- Deployed and maintained a Mac (later moved to Linux) SSH and FTP server for computational physics.
- Developed and maintained program that allowed students to submit their work for grading.
Appalachian State University Physics and Astronomy - May 2007 - May 2008 - Boone, NC
- Used instrumentation available at Dark Sky Observatory and via SkyNet.
- Gathered data on binary asteroids and reduced data to produce light curves.
- Findings published in ICARUS. Presented data at SNURCS.
Appalachian State University Physics and Astronomy - September 2005 - May 2006 - Boone, NC
Astronomy Lab TA
- Assisted professors with lab setup and take down.
- Instructed students in their lab work including the use of Meade and Celestron SCT telescopes.
- Answered student questions and provided understanding of basic astronomical concepts.
Apple, Inc - May 2005 - September 2006 - Durham, NC
- Advised and setup customers with Apple products.
- Developed and presented workshops on using and developing software for the Mac platform.
- Programming: C, Python, Java, Objective-C, X86 and 8051 assembly, VB
- Networking: ISC-DHCP, BIND DNS, SMTP, IMAP, HTTP, LDAP
- Operating Systems: BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
- Databases and Data Storage: MySQL, PostgreSQL, redis
- Network Storage: NFS, Samba, Netatalk, NetApp
- Web Servers: nginx, Apache
- Enterprise SSO: Shibboleth, Cosign
- Content Management: Drupal, phpWebSite, MediaWiki
- Virtualization: VMWare, Xen, KVM, VirtualBox
- Development Tools: git, svn, vim, gcc, nasm, MASM, Visual Studio, Xcode, Eclipse
- Science, Statistics, and Math: IRAF, Mira, Maple, MatLab, Octave, R, gnuplot
- Imaging: Photoshop, Lightroom, GIMP, CaptureOne, RegiSTAX
- Authoring and Publishing: LaTeX, Office
- Astronomical Instrumentation: Meade, Celestron and DFM Engineering Telescopes
- Control and Sensor Instrumentation: NiDAQ, Arduino, Intel 8051 family
New Insights on the Binary Asteroid 121 Hermione with P. Descamps, J. Pollock, J. Green et. al; research contributor; Published 09/2009; ICARUS.
INTERESTS AND INVOLVEMENT
- ASU Gaming Club - Member and Club Advisor
- ASU Linux Users Group - Member
- ASU Mac Users Group - President and Member
- Ashe Camera Club - Member and Presenter
- Blue Ridge Photo Fest - Organizer and Workshop Leader
- Dark Sky Observatory - Assisted with Monthly Outreach Programs
- Triangle Macintosh Users Group - Attended Meetings
- LaFayette Memorial Scholarship - 2003
- Wrenn Memorial Scholarship - 2003-2005
- Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honors Society - 2010
- Appalachian Mountain Photography Contest - Finalist 2012
Available upon request.