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C. Alex. North-Keys

I have ten years of experience in leading small teams of programmers into progressively more advanced academic projects, as well as acting as the technical lead or one of several senior developers for various commercial projects. I also have a somewhat longer history of problem solving in the realms of Unix systems administration and user support.

  • 2016-now Software Engineer Kershner Trading Group

    Sofware development and devops.

  • 2015-2016 Senior Software Developer TRUECar Inc

    Designing/implementing systems, APIs, and processes; mentoring.

  • 2013-2015 Software Engineer Solar Power Technologies Inc / Draker

    Developed Python-based services and in-the-field Linux devices.

  • 2012-2013 Senior Developer CanWe Studios

    One of a handful of early core developers for a proximity-oriented professional introduction engine.

  • 2011-2011 Senior Developer Tippr

    One of several senior members of the software team behind Tippr, a grouped buying site and collaboration nexus for publishers and merchants.

  • 2008-2010 Automation Framework Engineer Volt / MessageOne / Dell

    Software co-designer/developer (much of it in Python) for a novel new regression test framework for networks of virtual computers, a major enhancement to multisite monitoring for a large, customer-facing project, etc.

  • 2008-2008 Network Architect/Manager Axirim

    Network architect and network manager in a medium security, defense-in-depth, high-redundancy, predominantly Unix environment.

  • 2006-2008 Systems Architect (confidential client)

    Principal designer and implementor of a globally-scoped, authenticating transaction system for a company in pre-startup phase.

  • 2004-2007 Senior Systems Administrator Isgenesis / ReCare / Catalis

    Controlled mission-critical mixed architecture network using LDAP, Kerberos, AFS, Shorewall, and VOIP, as well as setting IT policy, running the sysadmin team, documenting, and contributing to numerous internal projects.

  • 2000-2003 Consulting Systems Analyst Landmark Organization / FaulknerUSA

    Network and systems administration, including intercorporate switchovers of email, web, and DNS.

  • 2001-2001 Embedded Systems Software Engineer TippingPoint Technologies

    Coimplementer of leading-edge router product, focussing on embedded core and API.

  • 2000-2001 Network Architect / Team Lead Netpliance

    Team co-lead of sysadmins, network development, development/coding of monitoring, documentation of best practices.

  • 1998-2000 Senior Software Engineer / Writer Tivoli Systems / IBM

    Developed advanced training courses and scenarios for prerelease Tivoli software.

  • 1991-2002 Director of Technical Instruction Resource Development Academy

    Course designer/ instructor in { unix, sh, C, C++, OO concepts, HTML, ...} ranging in length from 1 to 120 days, worked with ISDN and T1 connections, PC config, SCO, SunOS, Linux, ecommerce), some Cisco, inhouse and contract CGI/PERL programming, webdesign, and more.

  • 1994-1999 Unix Tools Specialist Institut für Informatik, Freie Universität Berlin

    GNU, package management with automatic search path generation, X11's XCMSDB.

  • 1994-1997 Unix Systems Analyst Origin Systems

    SGI/IRIX admin, user environment canonicalization, extensive website design and integration with PERL 5 based CGI, GL, OpenGL, widgets, XNTP, YP/NIS, m4, SSH, MIME, ATM on CAT5 and fiber, Samba, multiprocessing, VRML 1, enterprise backups, data analysis, firewalls, spatial simulation, window managers, authentication, utility & messaging programming, taught MIS, more.

  • 1990-1991 Systems Operator General Electric Network for Information Exchange

    Handling system crises during explosive userbase expansion.

  • 1990-1990 Systems Analyst Pencom, for IBM

    Garnered some familiarity with AIX on RS/6000s, AIX kernal programming,

  • 1989-1990 Assoc Systems Analyst MCC / Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp

    User environ canonicalization across multiple shells, IRC, Frame, Emacs i18n via C & LISP, Sun/Mac file/print sharing, TCP/IP in C++, X11 programming, postmaster, newsmaster, dnsmaster, Unix/Amiga and Unix/PC integration, more.

  • 1988-1989 Systems Technician MCC / Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corp

    Unix/SunOS admin, sh, sendmail, thick/thin ethernet, sed, awk, routing, DNS, NFS, YP, Frame, net analysis, backups, GNU, TCP/IP, more.

  • 1988-1988 Mathematics Tutor - Selected Topics in Advanced Mathematics

    Algebra, topology, introductory calculus, and other topics.

  • 1987-1988 Research Lab Asst University of Texas at Austin Computation Center

    User-level SunOS, csh, Suntools, X, FTP, telnet, email, news, PostScript, vi, emacs, K&R C, user support, security, some HPUX, more.


  • Texas Education Agency teaching approval for computer systems administration, security, networking, C programming, and Unix at the university level
  • Hurricane Electric / Tunnelbroker IPv6 Certification Sage
  • Beginning Japanese at Austin Community College, GPA 4.0
  • Lucent/Agere: PayloadPlus network processor chipset assembly programming
  • Oracle: Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL
  • Oracle: Enterprise DBA Part 1A
  • Tivoli Top Gun (~200 class hours on Tivoli software deployments)
  • Tivoli Framework certification
  • Windows NT Administration
  • BS - Computer Science and Mathematics, ~60 hours complete
    College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin


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