Interests/Hobbies/Background




Background

I grew up in rural Illinois where working alongside my farther, farming and doing carpentry work, I learned my most important traits – personal responsibility, integrity and diligence. My path after graduating high school took me through farm roads of Nebraska as a field service technician for John Deere; a technical college, where I earned Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology; and on to California where I worked as a carpenter in a high end cabinet shop (Thoemmes Cabinet Makers). After 9/11, as many others, I felt an obligation to serve my country. After a lot of research and many conversations with recruiters, I joined the Army in the most challenging job they had to offer – Special Forces.

Becoming a Green Beret required 3 years of rigorous, and at times brutal, mental, physical, psychological and language (Russian in my case) training. After the training I was assigned to a unit in WA. The following years were spent on various deployments to parts of the world I never would have dreamed seeing otherwise. My military career further shaped me as the person I am today and taught me how to be a valuable member of a team as well as when and how to be a leader.

After my military service I took the opportunity to go back to school and earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and Systems and Computer Science and Systems from the University of Washington (June 2014).

After graduation I followed my wife to Denver, CO where I took a job in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office as a Radio Maintenance Technician supporting the public safety communications system in our county and closely working with the neighboring counties and metropolitan agencies.

While my current job has been rewarding, I am looking for a more challenging career better suited to my degree and would involve problem solving and making things.

Education

Jun 2014
  Bachelor of Science: Computer Engineering and Systems
  Bachelor of Science: Computer Science and Systems (Math Minor)
  University of Washington Tacoma          
  GPA: 3.58                                                                     Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Jan 2003
  Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
  Hamilton Technical College    Davenport, IA
  GPA: 3.84                                                                     Alpha Beta Kappa

May 2000
  Associates Degree in Liberal Arts
  Black Hawk College    Moline, IL

Hobbies/Interests

Building/Design/Fabrication: Electronics, Woodwork, Acrylic

Marine Aquariums

Anything Outside