About Me

I'm originally from New Hampshire, went to school in Boston, and currently live in San Diego. My interest in computers started in high school when I participated in a two-year Computer Networking program at Nashua High School North. After graduation, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking program at Wentworth Institute of Technology. While there I completed internships at Cisco, EMC, and MIT Lincoln Lab, where I expanded my virtualization and networking knowledge.

In the spring prior to graduating, I accepted a position at MITRE as a Network Engineer and ran several technical studies working with everything from Hyper-Converged Infrastructure to f5 Load Balancers to Palo Alto Next-Generation Firewalls. I eventually landed as an individual contributor on the Platform Team at Kessel Run, which was the first major government-run organization in the Department of Defense (DoD) focused on building modern software that warfighters love. I was paired with a Pivotal Platform Architect named Chuck D'Antonio to work on rolling out a new version of Pivotal Cloud Foundry to the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Al Udeid. I developed a strong passion for using paired programming as a tool to enable the next generation of warfighters that will be building platforms to accelerate software development in the DoD. In 2019, I received my Master's in Computer Science from Boston University and accepted a position at Pivotal as a Platform Architect. Shortly thereafter, Pivotal was acquired by VMware and I became a Solutions Engineer in the Modern Application Platform Business Unit (MAPBU).

Education

January 2019

Boston University (M.S. Computer Science)

August 2013

Wentworth Institute of Technology (B.S. Computer Networking)

Certifications

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Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD) — Active

CompTIA Security+ — Active

EMC Information Storage Associate Active

NetApp Certified Storage Associate Active

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Expired

Projects

Kobayashi Maru - United States Space Force

I regularly worked with senior Space Force leadership to define the Kobayashi Maru Platform strategy. I provided the Platform team with technical guidance, workshops, and proof of concepts for several VMware Cloud-Native products. I lead an initiative to deploy a development version of our platform on AWS GovCloud. Additionally, I helped start the Toolchain and Launch Coordination Engineering (LCE) teams. The Toolchain team was responsible for building the Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines to deploy Kobayashi Maru applications. The LCE team worked with app teams to become intimately familiar with their platform needs using principles from Google's Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) literature. I pulled stories directly from the Platform team's backlog at times to accomplish specific outcomes. I became an expert in VMware's Kubernetes offerings (i.e. TKG, TKGI, TAS, and vSphere 7) and achieved my Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD). I built CI/CD pipelines in Concourse to automate the provisioning of Tanzu Application Service (TAS) and Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integration (TKGI).

Kessel Run - United States Air Force

I contributed to automation that deployed the Kessel Run Platform to both Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud and a VMware vSphere private cloud. I was required to quickly develop an understanding of several large Git repositories used by the automation. I collaborated with a geographically dispersed team to test my changes and merge them into the repository. In order to add features to the project, I had to create and modify Bash, Python, and Terraform scripts that interacted with technologies such as: Concourse, CredHub, BOSH, Pivotal Operations Manager (OpsMan), and Pivotal Application Service (PAS). Changes often involved working with JSON output from the OpsMan or PAS API and modifying it to change pipeline configuration YAML files.

I lead a team of two engineers that performed rapid experiments for the Kessel Run Mad Hatter team (e.g., we quickly deployed an access point at Nellis Air Force Base to allow aircraft maintainers to log their maintenance directly from the flight line). This required interpreting desired outcomes expressed by Air Force leadership into well-defined technical tasks for the engineers to execute. This also involved working closely with the Project Manager of the Mad Hatter application team to run backlog prioritization and cleaning meetings.