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Broad background in analysis, research, Web design, technical editing, and scientific programming. Strong verbal, visual, and data analysis skills. Significant experience with Web development tools such as Dreamweaver; graphics programs, including Fireworks; standard productivity tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.

Strengths: analysis, organization, and effective presentation of complex information



Web Development and Programming: Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl

Graphics: Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Expression, Paint Shop Pro, Fontographer

Productivity: Microsoft Office, SharePoint for document archiving, NetMeeting

Database: Microsoft Access, familiar with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 2005

Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows (Vista, XP, 2000, NT 4, 98, 95), UNIX

Bug Tracking: Microsoft Product Studio

Writing and Editing

Software Documentation: Produced documentation for data analysis programs used by other researchers

Proposals and Technical Reports: Contributed to proposals for new business; wrote technical reports and contributed to papers

Web Content: Wrote K-12 science materials for the Web; edited content for freelance Web sites


Microsoft, Redmond, Washington (through Aquent), 2006–2009

Worked as a researcher for the Asset Inventory Service (part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) and related products (www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/ais.aspx). The project inherited a data set of ~500,000 software titles, some categorized. The deployed system produced an incoming stream of new titles for researchers to categorize.

  • Led the design effort to streamline the software categorization scheme from over 1600 categories to approximately 70
  • Categorized inventoried software in multiple schemes
  • Trained three additional researchers (2-week effort for each)
  • Provided introductory customer training for the legacy system replaced by AIS

Freelance Web Design and Development, 1999-present

Performed all design, including graphics, layout, and information architecture; all development, including HTML, CSS, server-side ASP coding for form handling, client-side JavaScript for user experience enhancement; content copy editing, and maintenance work for a number of Web sites, including

Elektrobit, Redmond, Washington, 2000–2001

Senior Software Engineer
Co-wrote proposals for mobile phone services, investigated what was possible in the U.S. compared to services available in Europe and Japan.

  • Co-wrote proposals for location-based mobile phone services
  • Worked as part of an international writing team, cycling documents between Finland and the U.S.
  • Traveled to meet with international clients

SAIC, Bothell, Washington, 1989–2000

Research Physicist
Participated in research projects, including analyzing data, building space physics experimental devices, and performing computer simulations.

  • Wrote and documented data analysis functions and full programs for geophysical data
  • Analyzed geophysical data sets (oceanographic data and space physics data)
  • Contributed to and served as Webmaster for Athena, Earth and Space Science for K-12, vathena.arc.nasa.gov or www.k12.wa.us/EdTech/Athena/index.html
  • Managed a small PC-Sun LAN

Education and Professional Development

Coursework: Introduction to Project Management
Bellevue College Continuing Education, Bellevue, Washington

Information Design Certificate:
Bellevue Community College Continuing Education, Bellevue, Washington

Professional and Technical Editing Certificate:
Bellevue Community College Continuing Education, Bellevue, Washington

M.S. Physics: University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (thesis option)

B.S. Physics: Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Continuing Education Classes

Most classes taken through the Technical Communications Program at Bellevue College, formerly Bellevue Community College. "Advanced Object Oriented Perl" taken through Consultix.

Project Management

  • Introduction to Project Management

Technical Communications

  • Professional Proofreading and Editing
  • Professional Proofreading and Editing II
  • Developmental Editing
  • Substantive Editing
  • Writing Style Guides
  • Fundamentals of Document Design
  • Web Content Design for Writers and Editors
  • Designing for Usability
  • Visual Thinking
  • Design Principles: An Introduction

Web Development and Graphics

  • Dreamweaver Level 1
  • Dreamweaver Level 2
  • Active Server Pages Level 1
  • Web Design Methodology and Technology
  • Photoshop CS4 Level 1

Programming and Database

  • C Programming Level 1
  • C++ For C Programmers
  • Visual Basic Level 1
  • Visual Basic Level 2
  • Advanced Object Oriented Perl (Damian Conway, instructor)
  • Relational Database Design
  • Structured Query Language
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