I have worked closely with faculty in both the sciences and humanities, and have specialized in how to translate their needs into usable systems using agile programming and interdisciplinary teams. My goal is always how to create systems that help promote research, while providing the reporting and financial controls that are especially necessary in today's funding climate.
BA , University of California at Santa Cruz
Recent Career History
2011-2012 NYU Medical Center - Research Informatics: Biorepository consultant (Vertex)
Developed proof-of-concept for transitioning to LabVantage specimen and annotation management. Customized caTissue as an interim tool. Participated in the PCBN (prostate) project in determining how to meet Department of Defense grant specifications. Continued participation the caLIMS development working group in assisting in the creation of an Open Source Development Initiative (OSDI).
2004-2011 University of Pennsylvania – Path BioResource (PBR): Associate Dir. Operations Engineering
My tasks have included creating, specifying, designing, developing, supporting and managing the PBR management system for Resource Laboratories (core facilities). Functionalities include:
The PBR system is built on LAMP with AJAX, CSS and SSI. Limited Web Services are also provided. There are currently 12 cores in 5 departments (School of Medicine and University Provost's office), with another 4 to 6 new cores starting up this fiscal year.
CALIMS2 SIG BIM: As part of my work in developing the PBR system, I have initiated a Special Interest Group for Business Information Management for core facilities, as a module of CALIMS2. I am also on the development working group of CALIMS2. The major goal of the SIG is for the members to share knowledge and expertise in development of an open-source SOA-based module for the business management side of core facilities, including billing, reporting, and compliance.
2002-2003 University of Pennsylvania Radiology: programmer/analyst
Developed web-based interview and database for Survey of Spiritual Experiences. Co-investigator on related protocol under Dr. Andrew Newberg. I also worked with image storage systems
Lectures by Invitation
2005 panel member “LIMS in Microscopy”, Honolulu, HI
October 2006, October 2007 panel member, then chair, Bio IT panel, NERLSCD, Ithaca, NY
June 2010 “LIMS possibilities” - Cancer Center Open House – UVM, Burlington, VT
Fostering LIMS Development Through Open Standards, Microscopy Today
I November 2005
Part II January 2006 Ontologies and Business Process
Prior Career History
1999-2001 Vrooms (Vacation Rental Owner Operator Management System): CTO
1998 U. of Hawaii – Maui Office of Technology Transfer and Education (MOTTED): programmer
Developed web-based CD of Hawaiian aerial mapping;
Ported perl-based QuizServer from Unix to NT (now at Discovery School): Quizserver is a web-based quiz development and administration tool. I also prepared an installation package and setup instructions and provided advanced support to clients (primarily academic sites and schools).
1997 Utopia: Information Systems Manager (on assignment to Maimonides School)
Managed K-12 computer facilities: novell and NT lans, internet, isdn, databases, email, word processing, desktop publishing. I directed the wiring and networking of the campus-wide hybird Mac/PC environment; linked the LAN via ISDN to the internet; set up and trained faculty and students; and implemented secure systems. I also interacted with administration, consultants, subcontractors and parents.
1992-1996 NYSERNet (New York State Education & Research Network): Director, Shamash
I created and ran Shamash, an internet host for Jewish communities worldwide and also a consultancy in technology use and integration for those same communities. Shamash achieved many firsts:
internet home for multiple discussion forums (several hundred)
worked with Jewish groups worldwide from the full religious and communal spectrum
maintained internet databases of Jewish communal information.
I advised leaders on the potential of the internet, helped guide their initiatives and fund-raised. I also started JSN – Jewish Studies Network (was Heasif) the first general Judaic Studies forum/website (still webmaster) and developed CREN (Corp. for Research and Educational Networking): listprocessor 7.0 documentation.
1989-1991 Jerusalem College of Technology: Technical Manager and Creator of ITEX and KLITEX
Funded by the Ministries of Science, of Trade and Industry and of Immigrant Absorption. ITEX-Israel Technology Exchange was the first legal non-academic provider of UseNet News in Israel. ITEX promoted information and idea exchange for Israel High Tech sector - engineers, government policy makers, entrepreneurs, and investors. KLITEX was a Russian scientists absorption database. [Shamash started as a companion project to ITEX]
1987-1988 Palron – Jerusalem: Project manager for Sadarit
Sadarit was the first Hebrew desktop publishing program with the first HP proportional hebrew fonts and led to Accentsoft’s first multilingual product Dagesh Hazak (a major Hebrew/English word processing program). Sadarit resulted from my advising Hebrew U. on creating extensively multilingual documents. I was responsible for scope and direction and worked with the business managers, users, subcontractors and programmers. I also debugged code, and developed algorithms for font translation mechanisms.
1984-1986 Intafile – Jerusalem: VP Research and Development
Intafile developed an ultrasonic pen mouse and PDA. I managed the technical staff - implemented the design guidelines presented by the CEO and carried out technical research, budgeting, and team coordination.
1981-1983 Hadassah Medical Organization – Organization and Methods department
Enterprise-wide analysis of office automation needs – interviewed over 30 department heads
Additional consulting experience in office automation with:
Lanier/AES, Grey Advertising, Goldman Sachs, Grolier Publishing, ICI, and Arthur D. Little