My name is Ian Pittwood and I'm a Computer Engineering Major at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. I have worked as a software developer for three large companies where I developed new software as well as maintained existing software. My
job isn't just software though, it is to make organizations run more efficiently by making work easier for employees and customers alike.
Outside of the office and school, I am engaged in leadership roles in campus organizations. I also enjoy spending time on my hobbies like home brewing, reading, drawing, and programming. I also do personal projects, usually small web applications in Django or Rails.
I am currently seeking a full time position in the Greater Chicago Area for January of 2019.
In early 2018 I joined a startup on the Missouri S&T campus called OrgPlaza. Our goal was to create a website to help replace the confusing "markup" system used by campus organizations to sell fundraising merchandise and events. I was initially hired on to manage development of the website as COO, but in May I moved into backend development as two of our team members decided to leave. To create the website we used Python's Django framework for our backend and a combination of Django template engine and JS for our frontend. My experience so far with OrgPlaza has taught me a lot about the development process and a lot about backend development. I hope to continue working on websites like OrgPlaza in my free time outside of my full time position.
If you would like to check out our website, you can visit it here. Currently our site is locked to only allow MS&T addresses during our MVP testing.
At Cerner, I was assigned to an up and coming project called Charon. The purpose of the project was to create an automated daemon to search for new events in Splunk and create issues for those new events in Jira. As an intern it was my job to upgrade and improve Charon so it could be used by other teams at Cerner and in the future could be open sourced for anyone to use. During my time working on Charon, I was able to:
Outside of my work on Charon, I also gained experience working with AWS and Docker by helping my team dockerize and deploy their rails server.
I was accepted into my university's Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences program under the direction of Dr. Egemen Cetinkaya. With his help, I worked on and co-authored a paper over Graph Theory in relation to backbone networks. The paper was published by IEEE in early November of 2017.
At Ameren I worked with the Enterprise Client Services team to manage the various end-user desktops and laptops used in daily operations. I gained experience with SCCM, WMI, VMWare, Citrix Xenapp, Powershell, and Python. One of my proudest accomplishments with the team was the creation of a GUI program in Python that allowed team members to perform a variety of automated tasks on target clients within the company.
When I'm not writing code, I spend a lot of time on physical fitness. I have competed in both 5k runs and weight lifting competitions. Physical fitness is a great way for me to clear my head and blow off some energy, so I often will take breaks to exercise when I am working on large projects. I also am an avid beer brewer and brew up to ten different beers each year to share with my friends and family.
On the side I also like to read, watch TV shows and movies, and learn new skills. I always enjoy learning new things ranging from wood working to assembly code. I think it's important to keep learning throughout life to keep one's mind sharp.