About Austin

I've taken an interest in technology since receiving my first computer for Christmas at age 10, complete with a free trial version of AOL 3.0. Playing games, downloading music, and perusing the Internet for hilarious videos like "The Hamster Dance" evolved into a hobby of creating my own content - music, videos, written stories - and eventually into creating my own applications - games, websites, and simple programs. Through the Media/Information Studies program at MSU, with a specialization in IT, I was able to solidify my technological skills and expand my capabilities to new, exciting heights with game design, web development, and programming courses. As a full-time front-end developer for 6+ years, I've witnessed tremendous changes in the way we use technology and consume content, and am as excited now as much as ever to play a role in creative and innovative ways of transforming the web.

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Interests

Technology Music Sports Other hobbies
Web app design Songwriting Flag Football Playing Euchre
UX design Electric guitar jams Basketball Cooking chili
Project management Attending rock concerts Volleyball Camping
SEO/marketing Campfire covers Cheering on MSU Tough Mudders

Professional Experience

Web Developer II | Jackson National
Jan 2012 - present

Responsible for developing a number of widely-used interactive applications for Jackson National, a financial leader in the retirement planning industry, as well as Jackson's former independent broker-dealer network.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with team members and back-end developers to create complex applications, often under tight deadlines with minimal oversight
  • Collaborate with project stakeholders to provide wireframes, mockups, and functional prototypes
  • Served as change agent for LEAN transformation in IT department in 2017

Freelance Web Developer
Jan 2011 - present

Design, develop, and maintain projects on an ongoing basis ranging from website design to social media/SEO campaigns. Please see Projects tab for additional info.

Communications Aide | MSU Land Policy Institute
July 2011 - December 2011

Managed websites for Land Policy Institute, MI Citizen Planner, and other MSU extensions. Submitted weekly newsletter emails and laid out widely-publicized Michigan Sign Guidebook in Adobe Indesign.


Technical Skills

Mastered

5 stars - mastered
  • Web/coding: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, JSP, JSON, XML
  • Design: Photoshop, Gliffy
  • Project management: Git/BitBucket, Confluence, Workfront, MS Office
  • Other tools: Wordpress, Dreamweaver, Webtrends

Proficient

4 stars - proficient
  • Web/coding: Primefaces, JSF, YUI, jQuery
  • Design: Indesign, Fireworks
  • Project management: Jama
  • Other tools: Eclipse, Google analytics

Knowledgeable

3 stars - knowledgeable
  • Web/coding: Adobe Experience Manager, Java, Python, C++
  • Design: Flash
  • Project management: JIRA
  • Other tools: Drupal, IBM analytics, Google webmaster tools

Education

Michigan State University
August 2008 - December 2011

  • 3.62 GPA
  • Bachelor of Science, Media & Communications Technology
  • IT Specialization
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Accolades

  • Earned six scholarships for community service, extra-curricular participation, and excelling in courses
  • Finished with highest rank as voted by clients and peers in Project Management Capstone course at MSU