Professional Experience

Duke Manufacturing, St.Louis, MO

System Architect / Manager Software R&D (March ‘17 - Present)

Expanded role to include management of team of research and development software engineers.

  • Drove adoption of Embedded Linux (buildroot / yocto)
  • Drove TDD / BDD into low level embedded development (Microchip PIC32/24/16)
  • Named on several US Patents (provisional at the time of this writing) for technology in the food service industry
  • Expanded DevOps across technology group
  • Drove adoption of Continuous Delivery pipeline through DevOps tools
  • Design and lead team that built custom Jenkins CI tooling integration with source control and release management
  • Trained team in usage of Terraform, Vagrant, Ansible, Puppet to deploy systems to private cloud (VMWare vSphere, XEN Server)
  • Designed and implemented OTA firmware management system
  • Agile Leader (role of Product Owner at times, Scrum Master at others)
  • Designed, developed, and delivered technology training for PHP, C, C++, Javasript, Erlang, and Java
  • Driving adoption of Code Review process

Duke Manufacturing, St.Louis, MO

Systems Architect (April ‘14 - March ‘17)

System Architect for Duke’s IoT platform for commercial kitchens. Lead global technology strategy for development, pilot, and commercial rollout of connected kitchen system.

  • Technology Demos (Conferences, Customer Locations)
  • Voice of Customer team to understand customer needs and wants
  • Software Design
  • Network Protocol Design (embedded and cloud)
  • Participated in ServiceCloud integration work for Customer Enablement
  • Distributed Cloud VPN design
  • Distributed Messaging Broker design
  • Developer Training (internal / external)
  • Evangelized, designed, and carried pager for DevOps in our organization
  • Software Prototype design
  • Hardware Prototype design

2600hz, San Francisco, CA

Distributed Systems Engineer (June ‘13 - April ‘14)

Member of the Kazoo platform team. Kazoo is a distributed, highly available, fault tolerant unified communications platform built in erlang.

  • Ongoing product feature development Kazoo
  • Developed PHP SDK Kazoo-SDK
  • Developed node.js integrations
  • Customized FreeSWITCH C Modules
  • Developed bug fixes
  • Developed custom Kazoo modules
  • Platform load testing using SIPp
  • Provided operational support

jWeb Media, St.Charles, MO

Senior Software Engineer (Dec‘06 - June ‘13)

Priciple engineer and architect for web application development. Evangelized adoption of symfony web application framework for internal development group. Lead adoption of Magento for eCommerce based solutions. Created and delivered project deliverables for high value projects (statement of work, technical use case libraries, and functional specifications).

Project Highlights

  • Pearson Education
    • Developed Testing Cal for Pearson Education and University of Central Florida. Testing Cal is a symfony web application that provides online test registration services for the Math departments of large educational institutions (University of Central Florida, East Carolina University, Florida International University).
    • Developer instructor supplement system for Pearson Education and ITT Technical Institute. The supplement system is a symfony web application with 3rd party integrations to their internal fulfillment systems.
  • True Fitness
    • Developed custom dealer portal for the equipment manufacturer True Fitness. Built with symfony and Magento, this system allowed dealers access to real time pricing and inventory availability for parts tied to specific models and service plans.
    • Developed consumer sales site for selling fitness equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, accessories) using Magento. Utilized geolocation and business rules to build geo-targeted sales campaigns.
  • Herndon
    • Developed real-time request-for-quote portal for defense contractor and milspec parts suppliers in symfony.
    • Developed custom web application and dealer ecommerce site.
    • Developed highly customized, high volume ecommerce site in Magento. Real time integrations with product suppliers, inventory management, custom marketing tools, social network integration (facebook open graph, pinterest, twitter)
  • Pohlman Court Reporting
    • Developed symfony web application to supplement internal business software that operates a nationwide legal logistics firm. Built sophisticated MS SSQL stored procedures to read data from closed source application, and extend its functionality to their external customers.
  • Upgraded Hosting Infrastructure
    • Repurposed colocated hosting to a private cloud infrastructure utilizing Dell iSCSI SAN, NetApp Fibre Channel SAN, Cisco / Force10 ethernet networking equipment, Brocade Fibre Channel networking equipment, and XenServer host servers.

Ben Wann Software

Contract Web Developer (August ‘99 - Present)


  • jWeb Media
  • Vibe Solutions Group
  • Serafini Studios
  • Pearson Education

Principia College

Computer and Information Services - Web Developer (2001-2004)

  • Developed custom web applications for Principia using PHP and PostgresSQL.

Computer Science Department - Teaching Assistant / Lab Manger (2000-2004)

  • Teaching Assistant 2002-2004 (C++, Lisp, Prolog)
  • Managed computer lab workstations. (Windows 2000 / Mandrake Linux Dual Boot)
  • Managed department web servers. (RedHat Linux)