I currently live in Chaska, MN. I have a wonderful family and have been married to my wonderful wife Nicole since August 10, 2001. On August 18, 2005, our beautiful daughter Eva was born.
Back in 1996 I got hooked on the web. While studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth I also learned as much as I could about web programming. Deep down I wanted to be a programmer and bought books and did as much hands-on tinkering as I had time for.
In college I cut my teeth writing code for MUDs. I loved playing MUDs and sought out admins who were starting up their own MUD servers. They needed devs to build up the MUD worlds and I loved being able to exercise both creative and technical skills to create something.
For a year I developed and maintained the web site for the Industrial Engineering department at UMD. I created the site from scratch and did everything from the layout to the graphics.
Upon graduation I started working in the Industrial Engineering department of United Parcel Service in Minneapolis. I actually worked there as a web developer, developing internally-faced web apps built on classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. While the technology was not the greatest, it was here that I was introduced to business-scale programming and the life of a programmer.
After a year and a half I decided that I really wanted to get back to my engineering roots and took a job at a circuit board manufacturing company in Hopkins, MN called Advanced Circuits. I was a line engineer and was responsible for improving the production of photo-resist application and stripping processes in the plant. I lost a lot of weight on this job - crawling over machinery and countless laps around the shop floor. Soon I realized I missed programming...
In 2001 I got a job at Alto Consulting in Edina, MN. Unfortunately I joined when the economy was slow and there wasn't much work to be done. I did a little bit of classic ASP and SQL, but .NET was in beta at the time and its release was just around the corner. I was laid off from Alto that fall, found some temporary full-time work and really, really hit .NET hard in my spare time.
In early 2002 I started working at Nextel Partners in Eden Prairie, MN. My job was to develop internally-facing web apps based on ASP and SQL and act as a lead developer. Along with another enthusiastic programmer on the team we convinced our manager to allow us to adopt .NET and ASP.NET on our projects. Over two and a half years we developed a dozen ASP.NET applications that supported HR, operations, management, trainers, the help desk, you name it.
In late 2004 I joined Inetium (now named Avtex), a consulting firm in Bloomington. I'm still employed with Avtex, and I've been fortunate to work on some great projects with ASP.NET (web forms and MVC), Silverlight (web and out-of-browser apps), WPF, Windows Phone 7, Azure, and Kinect just to name a few technologies.
To this day I still love doing web development. I certainly don't limit myself to "the web" when it comes to programming, but the web is my sweet spot. End to end, I love doing it all. My experience has mostly been on the Microsoft stack of technologies, but I try to stay sharp by diving into other platforms. I find that spending time on other stacks gives you some fresh perspectives on how to approach the things you do every day.
- I graduated from Duluth East High School in 1994
- I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1998 with a BS in Industrial Engineering
- I developed the first ever Industrial Engineering departmental web site at UMD (the site has changed dramatically since it was first created). Some of the original faculty profile pics I took are still up there though!
- I'm an Eagle Scout
- I'm a Minnesota Wild season ticket holder
- I love camping
- I love traveling
- I love the Halo video game franchise
- I've performed in works by Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO)
- I've played in the orchestra pit with the DSSO for Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
- I used to work for United Parcel Service as an industrial engineer
- I used to work at a circuit board factory as a manufacturing engineer
- I secretly dance while my code compiles
- I have a strange infatuation with llamas, alpacas, wombats, and robots
- I love the music that you hate
- I can make a paper cup out of a 8.5" x 11" piece of paper that holds water for about a minute
Top 5 albums
These are the albums I'd keep with me if I were stranded on an island. An awesome island, I hope:
- Betty, by Helmet
Actually, that's probably the only album worth bringing.
Top 5 movies
- Army of Darkness
- Fight Club
- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Top 5 Places I've Visited
- Santa Cruz, CA
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Florence, Italy
- Grand Marais, MN
- Gerle Creek Campground
Top 5 defining moments in my musical listening history
- Neil Peart on Exit Stage Left
- Tony Williams on Four and More
- Mr. Bungle
There are actually more like 50 defining moments...
Top 5 things to eat
- Malt powder
- Turkey and cheese sandwich
- BBQ pulled pork sandwich
- Waffles with Eva
Top 5 pet peeves
- Whining about the weather in Minnesota
- Whining about the weather in general
- Weather reporting on the news
- Over-emphasis of temperature averages
- Pick-up game athletes with big egos