Dan Schaefer

Content Writer, Programmer, Marketing Consultant

Dan Schaefer’s Résumé

SUMMARY

An accomplished engineering professional with over 20 years in the computer networking, website design and data communications industry sectors. Wrote and delivered software packages based on C/C++, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript and ActionScript. An experienced System Engineer who helped customers integrate new products into their labs. Worked several years in Marketing, tracking campaigns using automated SaaS-based tools, extending them as necessary by accessing their APIs through Ruby. An experienced trainer that not only taught in worldwide corporate, military and enterprise environments, but also set up a centralized multi-server Linux-based automated training lab used worldwide for remote training. Published author of highly technical articles on Ruby and JavaScript software development. Worked in several highly successful startups.

CORE COMPETENCIES
  • Muli-talented “Startup Athlete”
  • Website Developer
  • Software Development Expertise
  • C/C++, PHP, ActionScript, Ruby, JavaScript
  • Global Marketing and Systems Engineering
  • Multi-site team building
  • Computer Network Protocol Expert
  • Training Development and Delivery
  • Published Author of Software Development Articles
  • Expert Developer of Software Documentation
  • Polished presentation skills
  • Webinar coordination

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Ruysdael Design, Oxnard, CA

2010 – Present

Ruysdael Design (www.ruysdaeldesign.com) is a sole proprietorship that develops and maintains websites for several clients.

  • Specializes in Ruby/Sinatra/RoR, PHP/MySQL, JavaScript/jQuery, Flash ActionScript and ExtJS.
  • Works with several startups to produce back-end Ruby/Sinatra code to control websites. Also creates front-end JavaScript code to implement a dynamic user experience. Uses jQuery, JQueryUI and ExtJS tools. Using Ruby to program a Neo4j Graph Database to implement a highly interconnected social back-end.
  • Developed a Learning Management System (LMS) using PHP/MySQL, XML and jQuery for an online drivers education course in California. The State of California inspected and authorized the software for use as part of an official curriculum for teenage drivers.
Ixia, Calabasas, CA   $412MM

1999 – 2013

Global company headquartered in Calabasas, California with over 1800 employees worldwide. Provides solutions to test, assess, and optimize networks and data centers to accelerate and secure application delivery.

Marketing Project Manager

Provide logistical and analytical support for all marketing projects, both internal and customer-facing.

  • Spearheaded the team transition of the existing system of spreadsheets to AtTask, a SaaS-based centralized control system, resulting in smoother scheduling of nearly 1000 deliverables.
  • Authored and deployed Ruby scripts to leverage the AtTask API to import SalesForce data for Marketing ROI resulting in better ability to track marketing metrics.
  • Conceived, developed and launched an XML-based process to translate marketing material into foreign languages.
  • Orchestrated and executed numerous live streaming webinars to help focus customer needs in understanding Ixia’s solutions.
  • Designed and coded a PHP-based system to compile monthly customer newsletters, saving the writers several days of effort each month.

Technical trainer

Traveled worldwide to train customers and sales staff on Ixia’s products.

  • Developed and delivered complex training material.
  • Created and managed a network training lab with over 50 servers, accessible worldwide, 24×7. The lab was Linux-based, with virtual images propagated using VMWare and Symantec Ghost.
  • Authored and rolled out Ruby scripts to remotely manage the virtual servers in the training lab as well as instantiate a fresh copy of the complete test environment prior to running each class.

System Engineering Manager

System Engineers, also known as Sales Engineers, are an integral part of Ixia’s sales team. System Engineers help explain the technical details to a highly educated and technical-minded customer base.

  • Appointed by senior management to recruit and develop high performance teams of System Engineers in key geographical areas in North America and Europe.
  • Created and rolled out an effective training program addressing the new System Engineers’ skills.
  • Drove weekly information meetings to update the team on the latest internal developments.
  • Created an effective approach to integrating the System Engineering team into the Sales organization.

System Engineer

  • Experienced traveling system engineering leader throughout worldwide sales territories to help secure sales of highly technical products.
  • Broke through customer objections and provided complex technical solutions that created incremental sales to quota.
  • Took existing TCL code and modified instructions for customers to automate their network tests.
  • Published several trade magazine articles helping boost the reputation of IXIA. (see below)
Ruysdael Design, Oxnard, CA

2010 – Present

Ruysdael Design (www.ruysdaeldesign.com) is a sole proprietorship that develops and maintains websites for several clients.

  • Specializes in PHP/MySQL, JavaScript/jQuery and Flash ActionScript.
  • Developed a Learning Management System (LMS) using PHP/MySQL, XML and jQuery for an online drivers education course in California. The State of California inspected and authorized the software for use as part of an official curriculum for teenage drivers.
  • Partners with professional artists to incorporate their ideas into site designs.
Lattice Semiconductor, Hillsboro, OR   $200MM

1996 – 1999

Lattice Semiconductor designs and manufactures innovative programmable logic devices, which allow the end customer to determine functionality.

Field Application Engineer (FAE)

  • Partnered with a team of FAEs to help book SoCal territory sales in excess of $2M.
  • Met aggressive sales numbers and quota for new opportunities resulting in a constant stream of incremental business in Southern California.
  • Solved programmable logic problems for customers needing design solutions to implement in Lattice devices.
  • Created and rolled out an innovative VHDL programming language training regimen to large groups of engineers at several regional seminars.
Netcom Systems, Chatsworth, CA   $472MM

1994 – 1995

Netcom Systems created the IP network testing market. After creating and successfully marketing their flagship product, Smartbits, they were acquired by Bowthorpe in 1999 and then became a part of Spirent, a London-based Multinational Telecommunications company.

Software Engineer

  • Recruited as a key employee #3 in a startup environment as part of a high powered team that helped grow the business model that eventually became a $1B emerging market.
  • Authored Netcom Systems 1st MS Windows application in C++ resulting in a complex application addressing the control of hardware and subsequent testing criteria.
  • Created and rolled out the Application Programming Interface (API) that allowed industry wide customization of Netcom Systems’ software.
  • Generated all user manuals and software documentation resulting in more uniform customer use and application of company products.
Tekelec, Calabasas, CA    $61MM

1989 – 1994

Tekelec was a designer, manufacturer and distributor of telecommunications test equipment. Their customers consisted of the major telecom carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and MCI.

Firmware Engineer

  • Designed several multi layered and complex digital circuit boards with programmable logic from Xilinx.
  • Programmed and optimized assembly language that implemented self-modifying code to help leverage every CPU cycle.
  • Designated firmware engineer with the required leadership and cultural sensitivity to travel to satellite offices in Japan to train and integrate new products into customer environments.
EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
University of Missouri, Columbia

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

 

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