Link Swanson resume

link@swanson.link

Career Summary

Experienced full-stack technologist with unique analytical thinking and verbal communication abilities. Human perception, emotion, and cognition are viewed as an integral part of any technology stack. Simplicity and practicality guide user-centered design from well-planned concepts to sustainable implementation.

Professional Experience

Full-time IT professional working with diverse industries and teams since 2006.

Systems Architect

2019 - present
Minitex, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN
Design systems architecture for production service offerings, including state-wide and nationwide digital library services. Emphasis on automation, DevOps, documentation, sustainability, and reproducibility.

Systems Engineer & Software Developer

2016 - 2019
Minitex, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN
Built and deployed digital service offerings for libraries and researchers nationwide. Application development, user experience, systems engineering, DevOps, business process automation, usability research, and user experience analysis.

Web Programmer & Linux Server Administrator

2012 - 2016
Minitex, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN
Developed web applications and engineered Linux systems. Ported apps from legacy code to Drupal CMS. Performed formal usability studies with UMN Usability Lab, including a study with the Drupal Core usability team testing the new UI features of Drupal 8 before its release. Completed P2V conversion on critical legacy server infrastructure.

Network Administrator

2008 - 2012
Citi-Cargo & Storage, Eagan, MN
Developed and implemented business IT strategies for mid-sized transportation companies. Responsible for network, server, and desktop infrastructure. Completed major system upgrades, company mergers, migration, and geographic location changes. Acted as senior web developer.

Software Training Instructor

2006 - 2008
Woodburn Group, Minneapolis, MN
Led training classes on how to install, scale, and manage enterprise business intelligence platforms (SAP/Business Objects). Provided private consulting to large corporations. Deployed and maintained customized operating system images on training lab workstations. Acted as senior web developer.

Computer Lab Administrator

2004 - 2006
Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
Deployed and maintained operating system images on psychology computer lab workstations. Supported psychology research software used by students and professors.

Webmaster

2002 - 2004
UMD Libraries, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
Webmaster for library digital collections websites.

Publications

2020 Swanson, Link. "Blockchain Education for Communities" in Hirsh, S., & Alman, S. W. (Eds.). (2020). Blockchain. American Library Association.

Certifications

2015 Aquia Certified Grand Master

2015 Acquia Certified Developer

2015 Acquia Certified Developer - Back End Specialist

2015 Acquia Certified Developer - Front End Specialist

2015 Acquia Certified Drupal Site Builder

2008 Business Objects Certified Professional (BOCP - BOE)

Presentations

2018 "Cognitive barriers to blockchain education"
Blockchain National Forum, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2018 "Strategies for learning blockchain in the library"
iSchool, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2015 "Views Clues"
Twin Cities Drupal Camp, Minneapolis, MN

2015 Breakout Session Leader: DevOps
DrupalCon North America Higher-Ed Summit, Los Angeles, CA

2014 "Flag and Rules working together"
Twin Cities Drupal Camp, Minneapolis, MN

2013 "Drupal helps you create great web apps, fast!"
LibTech, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN

2011 Interview: "Enterprising Apps" Twin Cities Business Magazine, September, 2011

Education

2020 Ph.D. Cognitive Science, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (expected)

2019 M.A. Philosophy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

2006 B.S. Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth

2006 B.A. Philosophy, University of Minnesota Duluth

Organizational affiliations

Cognitive Science Society - Student Member

Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota - Full Student Member

Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science - Graduate Student Fellow