About my background
I've always been a bit of a geek, from taking AP computer science courses in high school through majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics in college at the University of Richmond. I first had the opportunity to really explore my interest in web programming and design with an "Introduction to Dreamweaver" class my senior year of college in 2004. My pursuit of "web stuff" took a back burner for a year or so while I pursued my Master's degree (also in Computer Science) at William and Mary. In the winter of 2007, I heard about an opening for a student intern in the Information Technology Web and Learning Services department, intrigued and hearing great things from a fellow Computer Science grad student about the team there, I applied and was accepted for the job (thanks Andrew and Susan!). For the rest of the semester, full time over the summer, and all of the following year until graduation, I worked on W&M's homegrown web templates project including the web forms, calendar, and bug-fixes of various sorts.
When I graduated in 2006 I began working as a software engineer at a startup called SIPeerior Technologies with a team of a fellow William & Mary folks working on next generation Voice Over IP (VoIP) software that utilized Peer-to-Peer technology. Next I worked at Solertium Corporation as a web developer where I created and maintained dozens of websites for various clients on their open-source Content Management System ranging from large high-traffic sites like the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species to smaller, local sites like the Blue Talon Bistro and the Cheese Shop.
A familiar place
I was so excited when I was offered the opportunity to join back with the Creative Services team in the summer of 2010 and now I work on the technical side of things (mostly, occasionally delving into some design and photography), helping to develop web applications of all kinds to support W&M's communication and marketing goals (the latest being Dress the Griffin and W&M Events), meeting with folks around campus to figure out how the web can be best used for them and their needs, and finding new and better ways for the College to use social media (particularly Foursquare) and other online resources.
On the non-technical side of things I am a "cat-person", I love traveling (near, far, anywhere), food (cooking it, eating it, taking pictures of it when no one is looking) and photography (visit my Flickr page to check out my photos). I also attempt to frequently update my personal blog chronicling my travels, joys (and sometimes not so joys) of owning a house, cooking experiments and any other random thoughts that happen to make their way onto the web.