University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705-2280
Areas of expertise:
- Network Design: Enterprise infrastructure implementation
from data center to desktop including; power, cooling, cable plant,
network core equipment, edge devices, SAN/Fiber channel storage architecture,
highly scalable server clusters, shared everything file systems with
careful attention to security, cost of operations and no single point of failure.
- Enterprise level network
services: High availability active-active multi-node clusters, CIFS, e-mail, SAN storage, secure
web hosting, anti-spam, threat assessment, perimeter virus scanning, log file consolidation
and intrusion detection.
- Network management and operations: Performance
metrics, base lining, fault isolation, log file analysis, routing issues,
firmware upgrades and packet level debugging.
- Administrative: Security policies, risk assessments, HIPAA compliance,
NIST controls, ITIL practices, RFP's, construction
drawings, service contracts, service level agreements, working with outside contractors, technical documentation,
budgets, cost of service, cost recovery, quality of service, rate structures and
- Operating Systems: HP OpenVMS, Unix/Linux, Windows NT/XP/200x/Vista/7 and Mac OSX.
- Vendor, application or technology specific:
HP: Integrity and Alphaserver hardware installation, configuration and firmware upgrades; OpenVMS
installation, management, scripting, boot process and startup;
VMSclusters; Storage technologies including HP EVA arrays, Command View,
MSL tape libraries, Brocade SAN fabric and zoning; HP Blade system; Broadcom switches; Advanced Server (Pathworks); DCL
Microsoft: Active Directory infrastructure
design, operation, migration and integration with linux; Sysinternals tools;
WMI; WINS, Atmail: Webmail,
Checkpoint: VPN-1 Pro with IPSEC inter-site VPN and SmartDefence on Nokia security appliances,
Cisco: switches; Firewall Services Module (FWSM) and ASDM,
Enterasys: chassis based switches and core routers,
Samba, Apache, PKI, MySQL, Radius, TCPDump, Snort, Bind, PMDF MTA (the code base for Sun/Oracle iPlanet), Intersystems Cache,
and hosting various open source web applications including Open-Audit,
AwStats, Request Tracker (RT), PhpBB, MyPhpAdmin, MRBS, Drupal and Horde.
- Languages and frameworks used in development or code
Scriptaculous, VBScript, Applescript, perl, Mumps, C, Basic and Fortran.
- Also familiar with: High voltage systems, optical communications, electrical power
distribution, the US National Electrical Code, equipment grounding,
systems, HVAC, EMI effects and shielding,
fail safe controls for human safety and security systems.
1989-Present, Senior Systems Programmer,
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Network/Systems administrator for a highly customer focused Waisman Computing
Services IT group where availability, quality of service and security are
of prime importance. I currently manage network services delivered to
over 700 client workstations in a health care research/provider
environment on a cost recovery basis. Responsibilities include design,
administration, security, operation, maintenance, and support of the
network, server and storage infrastructures and related services for a research facility that is one
of 15 national centers dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental
disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases with specialized clinical and outreach services.
Some of the more visible network services and activities I'm currently responsible for are:
- System management of a high availability, load balanced server cluster
implemented using HP Integrity
server blades running HP OpenVMS
that supplies bullet proof network services to over 700 faculty, staff and students
in a diverse, multi-disciplinary environment.
- Management of a shared multi-site 8Gb/s dual fabric fiber channel
SAN with long wave inter-switch links supporting an HP 8100 EVA storage array
with over 75 terabytes of storage and soon to be replaced with a higher capacity array
completely transparent to customers.
- Enterprise level file and print services to Windows and Macintosh clients using
- ISP grade PMDF internet
messaging with customized virus checking, automatic updates and spam
countermeasures using PreciseMail
- Secure Apache server configuration, updates and custom CGI
scripts (DCL, PHP, PERL and C) hosting dozens of customer web sites throughout the enterprise.
Firewall administration including inter-site VPN's and
- Other popular TCP/IP services such as DNS, POP, IMAP, FTP, SFTP,
NFS, DHCP, SSH and TFTP.
- Install, configure and maintain associated infrastructure such as
servers, storage, firewalls, switches, routers and UPS systems.
- Install, configure and support various commercial and open source
server software packages as needed to support customer demand.
- Day to day triage, troubleshooting, analysis and diagnosis of network and
server related issues using the Request Tracker (RT) ticketing system.
- Collect resource usage metrics to set rates for network services that
will fully recover their cost based on current budgets.
- Establish baselines and analyze capacity to proactively anticipate service upgrades
and present their business cases to management that will determine the future direction of IT services.
- Cultivate relationships with campus technology leaders and outside vendors to understand how current industry trends will shape
future IT infrastructure.
1982-1989, Data Systems Engineer,
Plasma Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, MA. Responsible for the design, implementation and operation
of the physics data acquisition subsystem for a large DOE fusion energy
research project known as the Tara Tandem
Mirror. Served as a consultant to other staff engineers, scientists
and contractors to integrate diagnostics into the data system and review
designs of customized supporting hardware. Configured and managed an 18 node
Vaxcluster on a distributed Local Area network of assorted
workstations used in related fusion experiments. Consulted with software developers to implement
an application framework known as MDS to catalog, archive and retrieve very large data sets to support
analysis of physics data. Supervised staff application programmers and
student workers. Maintained a VMS device driver and ACP, various
commercial and public software packages. Configured and maintained a
CAMAC (IEEE-583/595) optical serial highway in an adverse environment
and developed diagnostic software to manage its integrity.
1989, Independent Consultant,
Applied Science and
Technology, Woburn MA. Configured, installed and tested network
infrastructure (wiring, hubs and bridges) to support a flexible 108 node
Local Area Network (LAN) for a rapidly expanding high technology startup.
1981-1982, Independent Consultant, part-time,
Plasma Fusion Center,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Analyzed requirements, wrote preliminary proposals and
specifications for an initial design of the data acquisition system for a
large fusion energy experiment under construction.
1980-1982, Research Specialist,
Nuclear Engineering Department,
University of Wisconsin,
Madison, Wisconsin. Responsible for the design and maintenance of a CAMAC based data
acquisition system for use in fusion energy research. Developed software
for data acquisition and display. Maintained device drivers for the RSX-11
operating system, repaired PDP-11 computers, peripherals and other associated
1975-1979, Technician (part time),
Nuclear Engineering Department,
University of Wisconsin,
Madison, Wisconsin. Repaired laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, vacuum
gauge controllers, gas analyzers, high voltage power supplies and
constructed high speed trigger circuitry used in a graduate level
plasma physics laboratory.
1976-1978, Chief Engineer (part time), SpeakerKit Ltd.,
Menomonie, Wisconsin. Performed computer analysis, design and testing of
loudspeaker crossover networks for a small audio mail order company.
1973-1975, Technician (part time), Two Jack's TV,
Hartford, Wisconsin. Repair of consumer electronic products.
University of Wisconsin Tech Partners,
Network Advisory Group and
Connect (the HP users group).
Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1979,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
References: available on request
- Marcel P. J. Gaudreau, James D. Sullivan, Thomas W. Fredian, C.
A. Karcher, Evelio Sevillano, Josh Stillerman, Paul Thomas. "The Tara
Control, Data acquisition and Analysis System", Proceedings of the
IEEE 10th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, December 1983, pages
- James D. Sullivan, Marcel P. J. Gaudreau, B.
Blanter, T. W. Fredian, J. H. Irby, C. A. Karcher, R. Rameriz, E.
Sevillano, J. Stillerman, P. Thomas. "The Tara Control, Monitoring,
Data acquisition and Analysis System", Proceedings of the 14th
Symposium on Fusion Technology, September, 1986, pages 1491-1498.
- Marcel P. J. Gaudreau, James D. Sullivan, T. W. Fredian, J. H.
Irby, C. A. Karcher, R. A. Rameriz, E. Sevillano, J. A. Stillerman, P.
Thomas. "Lessons Learned from The MIT Tara Control and Data System",
Proceedings of the 12th Symposium on Fusion Engineering, October,
1987, pages 690-694.