About

SHAREPOINT ADMINISTRATOR/DEVELOPER

A senior SharePoint administrator and developer with six years proven success on enterprise-level SharePoint 2003/2007/2010. An innovative and driven professional with proven ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems to increase customer satisfaction. Has a love for SharePoint and wants to advance his knowledge and skills within the SharePoint industry.

Technology Summary

Systems/Servers: Enterprise SharePoint 2003/2007/2010, Windows Server, SQL Server, IIS, DNS, Active Directory

Services/Applications: InfoPath Forms Services, Excel Services, Search, MySites, User Profile Service

Tools: PowerShell, stsadm, SharePoint Designer, InfoPath Designer, Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, VisualSafeSource, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Fireworks

Languages: Strong skills with HTML, CSS, asp.NET framework. Knowledge of CAML, XSLT, C#, JavaScript, JQuery, SQL

Work Experience

Texas A&M University, Div. of Finance, IT Services, College Station, TX
Sr. Software Applications Developer, 2009-Present

  • Implementation of four SP farms (intranet, extranet, test, development)
  • Administration of SP farms using Central Admin UI, stsadm, and PowerShell
    • Upgraded MOSS 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010
    • Backup and restore production server to test server weekly
    • Manage security/permissions on top levels of farms and web applications
    • Configure and manage Service Applications, i.e. SharePoint Search
  • Administration of Windows Server, SQL Server, IIS, DNS and Active Directory
    • Update server patches, cumulative updates, & service packs for SP servers
    • Monitor backups, performance and logs
    • Manage domains, host headers, alternate access mapping related to SharePoint
    • Manage OUs, Security Groups, and SharePoint Groups
  • Customize SharePoint sites with SharePoint Designer
    • Customize, develop and brand SP master pages, site templates, site definitions
    • Develop InfoPath forms and custom workflows
    • Develop dashboards and KPIs with Excel Services
  • Develop SharePoint Solutions and Features in Visual Studio with C# to
    • Deploy custom branding, master pages, CSS, JavaScript
    • Build very basic, custom web parts
  • Identify business processes that can utilize SharePoint, gather business requirements, and implement
  • Support Help Desk, tier 3, train and mentor tier-1 staff on SharePoint issues
  • Maintain and develop multiple non-SP websites in asp.NET with Visual Studio and SQL Server

Texas A&M University, Div. of Finance, IT Services, College Station, TX
Systems Administrator, 2008-2009

  • Administered two SharePoint farms (intranet, extranet)
  • Upgraded Sharepoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007 for intranet and extranet
  • Supported Help Desk, tier-1, end-user SharePoint tickets
  • Trained end users on SharePoint best practices
  • Maintained non-SP websites using asp.NET and C# with Dreamweaver and Visual Studio

Texas A&M University, Div. of Finance, Human Resources, College Station, TX
Web Designer, 2006-2008

  • Implemented SharePoint 2003, provided SharePoint training, and demonstrations to staff campus-wide
  • Redesigned websites (front-end) using asp.NET and C# technologiesg
  • Graphic designed web images
  • Trained and mentored 15 web liaisons

Texas A&M University, Office of Distance Education, College Station, TX
Web Designer, 2005-2006

  • Website design, Joomla CMS development, graphic design

Texas A&M University, College of Vet Medicine, College Station, TX
IT Specialist, 2000-2005

  • Supported veterinary faculty on a distance education project
  • Website design and administration, graphic design, Instructional design of distance education courses
  • Administration of video-conferencing system during online courses

Center for Health Care Services, MHMR, San Antonio, TX
Case Worker
, 1995-1999

  • Worked as a child and adolescent therapist, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy

Five Oaks Residential Treatment Center, Houston, TX
Counselor
, 1992-1994

  • Worked as a child and adolescent counselor, individual therapy, group therapy

University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX
Brain Surgeon
, 1991-1994

  • As a student, worked as a research assistant in a rat lab with anti-opiate peptides and the pain mechanism
  • We did stereotaxic brain surgery on the rats to insert a cannula into the third ventricle of thebrain allowing us to drop in different peptides

Portfolio

Education

  • MEd in Educational Psychology
    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2007
  • MS in Biopsychology
    University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX, 1994
  • BA in Psychology
    University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX, 1992

Community

  • BCS-SPUG, Bryan/College Station SharePoint Users Group: CoFounder
  • H-SPUG , Houston SharePoint User Group: Attendee
  • SharePoint Saturday Houston: Attendee
  • My SharePoint Blog: davidandrewsmith.us

Interests

  • Besides SharePoint, I like my really fast, quiet and cool AleinWare 14 MX laptop with the Intel Core i7 processor (4 cores, 8 threads), 16GB of RAM and an SSD hard drive. I also enjoy cycling, playing soccer, doing yoga and meditation, watching college football, college basketball and the Houston Texans.

Contact

About My Career Change in 2000: Psychology to Information Technology

I grew up in the Houston area, Clear Lake City, down by NASA, and attended the University of Houston-Clear Lake. SharePoint was not my first career though, it was in psychology.

First, as a student in biopsychology I worked in a research lab with rats, anti-opiate peptides, and the pain tolerance mechanism, where I published 5 journal articles, 3 conference papers, and a master’s thesis with my advisor and lab mates. We did stereotaxic brain surgery on the rats to insert a cannula into the third ventricle of the brain. This allowed us to drop in different peptides that put the morphine-addicted rats into opiate withdrawal. The point of it all was to find a way to help patients with chronic pain. These patients develop such a high tolerance to morphine, they need higher and higher dosages, that eventually they can’t take enough morphine to stop the pain without also shutting down the respiratory system.

At this same time I was also working as a child and adolescent counselor in Houston and after 4 years with the rats, I realized that I enjoyed the counseling more than the rat lab research. So, after I finished writing my Master’s thesis, I took a job in San Antonio working with troubled and traumatized children and teens. These kids needed a lot of help with some serious issues such as suicidal and homicidal thoughts and actions, hallucinations, physical abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and/or substance abuse.

This was very rewarding work but also very difficult at the same time. In 1999, I moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology to pursue this counseling career at the next level. However, after one year of studies and practicums, it was obvious that I was burned out and no longer enjoyed counseling others. The work in San Antonio had left me worn out. Texas A&M was very understanding and allowed me to stay in the College of Education to study anything else that I wanted.

I had always been fascinated by computers so I transferred to the doctoral program in Educational Technology where I studied instructional design, distance education, online courses, web design, graphic design and so forth. I finished all my courses with honors and passed all my doctoral exams, but I realized that I was not as interested in pursuing an academic career as I was in solving practical problems with computers. So, I took a second master’s degree instead of finishing the dissertation, and found a job on campus as a web designer in 2006. In this job I helped to implement SharePoint Portal 2003 and I was immediately mesmerized and hooked on this product, and the rest is history as they say.