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Work History:

The University of Georgia, Enterprise Information Technology Services, Athens, GA
January 2015 - November 2018
System Administrator Principal

  • Interim operations technical lead for RHEL/CENTOS based HPC clusters and ancillary systems
  • Provide training, mentorship, and leadership for junior system engineers
  • Provide infrastructure needs and consultation for senior system engineers
  • Consult and communicate with stakeholders on HPC service requirements, deliverables, and costs
  • Foster relationships and build trust with university research community, staff, leadership, and vendors
  • Liaison to Server Engineering team for HPC VMware environment needs
  • Liaison to Network Operations Center team for HPC network design and topology needs
  • Liaison to Network Engineering team for network design, switch deployment, and configuration
  • Liaison to Information Security team for HPC service firewall and security needs
  • Liaison to Data Center Operations team for HPC infrastructure design and deployment
  • Propose and manage infrastructure and service improvement projects ensuring on-time deliverables
  • Identify, assess, and mitigate complex issues within HPC clusters as they occur
  • Preempt issues using sound design choices, maintenance windows, checklists, and system patching
  • Responsible for deployment, maintenance, administration, and reliability of HPC storage systems
  • Document system and storage administration routines, operations, and maintenance procedures
  • Initiate outreach and direct local evaluations of peer site and emerging HPC technologies
  • Consult on technical standards development, best practices, and disaster recovery plans
  • Integration of LDAP/SASL/Kerberos and multi-factor authentication infrastructures for Linux systems
  • Tight integration of Microsoft Windows Active Directory and Linux systems

Augusta University, Information Technology Services, Augusta, GA
May 1997 - October 2014
System Support Engineer I, II, III

  • Senior engineer responsible for the installation, administration and patching of Novell Netware, OES Linux, SLES, and RHEL file servers in academic enterprise environments
  • Senior engineer responsible for identifying and resolving systemic issues with managed systems
  • Management of directory service and identity management services
  • Expertise in Novell eDirectory and Microsoft Active Directory integration of systems and applications
  • Design and integration of LDAP authentication infrastructures
  • Design and management of enterprise email systems
  • Deployment of clustered and high availability services on multiple platforms
  • Experience in the use and administration of enterprise backup and restoration services
  • Experience in enterprise switching, routing and network traffic shaping implementations
  • Experience in enterprise information technology security procedures and firewall administration
  • Utilization of VMware ESX virtualization technologies providing development, high availability, and disaster recovery environments for servers and enterprise services
  • Management and implementation of data center design and standards
  • Directed divisional standards development and documentation efforts for enterprise services
  • Provide upper tier support and mentoring for junior system administrators and technicians
  • Participation in beta programs to assess emerging technologies for organizational use
  • Production of written and multimedia training materials for organizational and extra-organizational use

Associate Degree in Computer Engineering Technology
Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology

SUSE Certified Engineer in Enterprise Linux
SUSE Certified Instructor
Project+ Certified Professional
Novell NetWare M.C.N.E.
Bright 8.0 Basic Administration

Industry and Academic Recognition:
Regular international industry and academic conference presentation and participation
Membership in the TTP Advisory Board for Higher Education in the Americas
Articles published in international technology periodicals
Professional technical blogging and forum support presence
Academic and corporate technical instruction and course development

Professional skill set summary:
Enterprise Linux administration
NetWare administration
Software managed storage expertise
Network switching and routing expertise
Infini-band network deployment
Enterprise system and service architecture specialist
HPC Infrastructure and systems architecture specialist
Microsoft Windows Active Directory and Linux integration
Linux System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) expert

Recent projects:
Migrate research Linux accounts and groups to Active Directory
Migratation and upgrade of GACRC VMware infrastructure
Consolidate research data storage infrastructure
Implement enterprise backup service for research data storage
HPC infrastructure infini-band expansion (QDR)
Implementing two factor authentication for Linux systems integrated with Active Directory
Implement Ceph based storage solution for research data storage (POC)
HPC infrastructure infini-band expansion (QDR + EDR)
Deploy new Lustre and Panasas storage hardware

Recent training:
GlobusWorld 2018
VMware vSphere 6.7: Install, Configure, Manage
Bright 8.0 Basic Administration
Lustre Administration Essentials