The Water Institute at UNC

Web and IT Manager

I served a number of different roles for The Water Institute. I maintained the The Institute’s main website, developed registration sites for three different annual, international conferences, managed The Institute’s 15,000-subscriber electronic mailing list, produced web content for grant-funded projects being undertaken by The Institute, and advised on software and hardware supplies for the Institute’s staff.

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UNC Graduate School

Image Database Assistant / Web Developer

While working for the UNC Graduate School I managed a database of over 17,000 images, chronicling Graduate School events and preserving images of Graduate Fellows and VIPs.  I have also been responsible for developing a web application utilizing the Google Maps v3 API.  This application allows alumni from the University to share where their education has taken them in the world.

The UNC Graduate School Gallery

The Sustainable Furnishings Council

Technical Intern

As an intern for the SFC, I provided all-round technical support for the office of the Executive Director.  I dealt with eliminating errors in the organization’s contact management system.  I also created new content for the organization’s Drupal-based web site, and I composed HTML-formatted emails to broadcast to the SFC’s numerous subscribers.

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Alpine Bagel

Server

As a server I provided excellent customer service, keeping the students of UNC (including myself) fed while supporting my own graduate education.

UNC Bagels

 

MasterMind Prep Tutoring Services

After School Tutor

Twice a week, I taught reading skills to a small group of elementary school children, aged 6 to 11.  While I was the instructor, I felt I learned a great deal about how to impart lessons to others and about encouraging the learning process.  The tutoring took place as part of an after school program at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School.

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Gray and Pape Consulting

Archaeological Field Technician

As a field technician, I performed phase one cultural resource management in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. I was part of an extensive project to survey for the expansion of a natural gas pipeline.


GAI Consulting

Archaeological Field Technician

Working as a field technician for GAI Consulting began my foray into professional archaeology. My first project involved significant phase one survey work near the Bell Bend nuclear power facility outside Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. I gained significant experience with survey techniques, and I found my first prehistoric lithics.

Following the Bell Bend project, I worked on a phase two investigation, which involved more extensive excavation at a known archaeological site.  The site was nestled in the mountains of western Virginia and was related to the expansion of a coal power plant.  I found significant deposits of lithic debitage while excavating meter-by-meter square test units.

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Sci-Fi Genre Comics and Games

Assistant Manager

Sci-Fi Genre is an online and brick-and-mortar retailer for all different kinds of geek paraphernalia.  As an assistant manager, I was responsible for handling inventory, providing customer service for the retail store, aiding in processing weekly orders and subscriptions, and organizing special events.  While a small business based in Durham, Sci-Fi Genre maintains a product warehouse, an archive of over 35,000 back issue comic books, and provides tailored comic book subscription services to hundreds of online customers from around the world every week.

Sci-Fi Genre’s local business continued to boom after I left the company’s employment.  They recently changed their name to Atomic Empire and moved their location to a more voluminous space in Durham, NC.  Besides being larger, the new location now offers snacks and serves beers from local micro-breweries.  Atomic Empire also played host to the North Carolina State Championship Tournament for “Magic: The Gathering,” the most popular collectible card game in the world.
Kids at Sci-Fi Genre Stacks of Comic Books

Spherion LLC / Red Storm Entertainment

Quality Assurance Software Tester

As a software tester for Red Storm Entertainment, I critically analyzed the game Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 for defects through playtesting.  I created bug reports utilizing careful description and marked up images, highlighting problems and explaining how to reproduce them.

Rent-A-Honey-Do

Handyman

During the fall of 2006, I worked for my Uncle’s renovation company in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I helped out with several commercial and residential projects, doing basic carpentry, painting, and drywall hanging.  While a handyman, I had the chance to help with renovation work on the Historic Rosedale Plantation House.

Historic Rosedale Plantation House