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Director of Technology

Role: With over 15 years of experience in the IT field in various fields, it is Shawn’s job to make sure that the technology that is brought into the Tech Center is both accessible and relevant.  Technology changes fast and if we want today’s youth to be ready for the tech careers of tomorrow, we need to be able to change with it.  Shawn is constantly testing out new project ideas, equipment, and meeting with experts in the industry to see what skills are needed in today’s technology careers.

Biography: Shawn has spent the last 15+ years in the Information Technology field in the Baltimore Area. His wide expanse of technical skills include: Linux server administration, networking, web development with PHP, Perl scripting, cyber security, native iPhone/iPad app development, and mobile game development with Corona SDK.  He has held high level engineer positions in the fields of federal government, healthcare, financial, and mobile app development firms.

He is the co-author on three iOS development books and has given a number of talks on mobile app development to professionals and youth alike.  His passion for technology and gadgets is matched with his passion for seeing motivated youth succeed.

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Fun Facts:

  • First Computer: Tandy 1000
    Old School Geek
  • First Programming Language: Visual Basic and Perl
  • First Job: Bus Boy at a Country Club (1 month)
  • First Tech Job: Help Desk at National Institute on Aging
  • Fun Fact: I can ride a unicycle and spit fire.
  • Most Memorable Failure: I once brought down an entire mail server for a company because I applied a bunch of software updates to the server. We had to restore the server from backup tapes and everyone was without mail for several hours.
  • What I Learned: 1) Make sure you have backups. 2) Don’t do software updates on critical systems until the weekend

Interests:

  • Technology and Gadgets
  • 3D Printing and Design.  This is a new interest for me, something that I learned about in 2013 but I have really jumped into.
  • Circus and Sideshow acts.  I used to perform magic when I was younger and that passion eventually grew into an admiration and fascination with unique human performances.  When I was in my young 20’s, I learned to ride a unicycle and spit fire.
  • Photography.  I used to own a photo studio and I love photography as a creative outlet.

Presentations/Workshops:

  • August 2014 – “3D Printing for Educators Workshop” at DHF
  • June 2014 – “Learn How to Use a 3D Printer – Right Now!” at ISTE
  • June 2014 – “Creating Mobile Games with Youth” at ISTE
  • June 2014 – “Classroom Makerspace: Your Guidebook to Inexpensive Making in the Classroom” at ISTE
  • March 2014 – “The DHF Youth Makerspace” at SxSWEdu
  • February 2014 – “Business Development Workshop” at Jim Casey Youth Workshop
  • January 2014 – “3D Printing Demonstration” at Closing the Opportunity Gap – Out of School Time Policy Forum at the Maryland House Building
  • January 2014 – “Adding a Makerspace to Your Program” at MOST Dorchester County Regional Conference
  • November 2013 – “Building Websites with WordPress”/WebSlam at Youth Build Philly
  • November 2013 – “Future Tech Careers” at Eastern Technical High School Career Day
  • October 2013 – “Turn Your Classroom Into a Makerspace” at MSEA Convention
  • April 2013 – Introduction to CoronaSDK at Thomas Jefferson High School
  • March 2013 – “Setting Out to Sea: Getting Students on Course for Their Careers” at SxSWEdu
  • March 2013 – Introduction to iOS Development at Baltimore Mobile Meetup
  • July 2012 – Introduction to CoronaSDK for Baltimore County Public Schools summer workshop
  • June 2012 – Cross Platform Mobile Game Development at Mid-Atlantic Developers Expo
  • March 2012 – Cross Platform Mobile Game Development at Baltimore Mobile Meetup
  • July 2011 – iOS CoreLocation Framework at Baltimore Mobile Meetup
  • March 2011 – Organized iOS 101 Programming workshop with Ray Wenderlich
  • January 2011 – Beta Testing Your iOS Apps at Baltimore Mobile Meetup
  • December 2010 – Organized iOS 101 Programming workshop with Ray Wenderlich
  • December 2010 – Organized Baltimore Mobile Meetup Group
  • November 2010 – Spoke at Baltimore Splunk Live! event: “Using Splunk for SOX Compliance”

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Awards/Achievements:

  • Eagle Scout, Class of 1998
  • 2x – NIA/IRP Employee Recognition Award for Excellent Service
  • 2x – People Processing Information Employee Recognition Award
  • CareFirst Torch Award Recipient
  • CISSP Certification
  • Tripwire Certified Professional