June 20, 2011
I've been building applications for about 15 years. I've worked as an analyst, web designer, web developer, lead application architect, and independent consultant. I also founded and co-organize the ATL ALT.NET meetup, and I co-founded the Atlanta Science Tavern. I am constantly interested in finding others to "band together" with for additional motivation and "focus" on learning more about development and architecture. With thousands of new things floating around, I find it useful and motivating to meet others who are pursuing similar goals or educational / certification ambitions. I enjoy learning with others more than I enjoy learning alone.
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My experience having co-founded the Atlanta Science Tavern out of my persistent interest in both science and the public understanding of it, I would long-term like to be a public communicator of science. Rejoining a team at CDC has only deepened this desire, and I realize I will need to pursue a much more in-depth professional education in biological and public health science to make this happen. Being able to tie it into information systems development and architecture is also very beneficial. As time goes on in this century, we are becoming increasingly dependent upon information systems to understand biological organisms and both the health threats and health-improving practices that affect populations of humans and animals. For me, it's an exciting time to be involved in both information technology and science.
I'm an application developer & architect who lives in Atlanta and currently works on a team at CDC. I love networking with people in the development industry that I can learn better ways to "polish" my own craft.