Richard W. Otten Jr.
Based in the Columbus, Ohio area

Data Scientist
Mathematical Analyst
Infrastructure Architect
Unix Systems Engineer
Information Security Engineer
Technical Team Leader

Career Summary:

September 2013 - present:  gearDigital, Director of Data Science and Engineering  Responsible for Data Architecture, Data Analysis, Data Mining, Database Administration, and Data Visualization. Designed and developed a full stack campaign management platform including a web interface, a prospect relationship management system, and an analytics warehouse. Designed and developed REST services for Web application interaction with the data models. Core technologies included PostgreSQL, RethinkDB, Neo4j, Python, SQLAlchemy, Flask, NGINX - all on Ubuntu Linux. Also deployed Tibco Spotfire for data visualizations.

May 2011 - August 2013:  Manta Media, Data-Systems Engineer  Data Architect, DBA, Data Mining, and Data Visualizations for Oracle, MySQL, PostGreSQL. Designed and implemented a Highly Available Relational Data Architecture. Completed a live migration for the site's primary database back-end from Oracle to PostgreSQL.

October 2007 - April 2011:  Chemical Abstracts Service, contractor  As a member of the online services Java development team - Developed web user traffic pattern models and visualizations of web infrastructure performance. Responsible for Weblogic Administration, shell scripts, SQL scripts, ANT configuration, XSLT, CruiseControl, Clearcase configuration, code analysis, and related tools. Responsible for developing and maintaining a Mule 2 (Java) based ESB. Implemented, Administered and led User Training for a Splunk deployment. Maintained and updated compliance monitoring tools. Built a proof-of-concept Shibboleth implementation.

September 2003 - October 2007:  McGraw-Hill, Senior Enterprise Architect  Led the Solaris operational support and Sun system engineering services for the Education (publishing) line of business. Developed corporate-wide Solaris 9 and Solaris 10 standards. Led the corporate-wide Daylight Saving Time Change efforts.

December 2002 - April 2003:  Bank One, Unix Implementation Engineering, Contractor.  Project work supporting the Unix infrastructure components for the Corporate Internet Group line of business.

June 1999 - October 2002:  Collective Technologies, Consultant.  System and Network Administration consulting at Fortune 100 and dot-com companies.  Clients have included Chase Mortgage, Bank One, SubmitOrder, e*Trade,, and CheckFree. Assisted the sales team in a pre-sales engineering role. See the more detailed resume for an expanded description of the work done for these clients.

April 1999 - June 1999:  Cendant, Senior Systems Administrator.  Provided support for a 300 person software development team.  Designed a multi-platform backup solution for the NT, VMS and Unix development servers.  Worked on the design of a multi-platform "home directory" storage solution.  Consulted on software design, system architecture and performance issues.

August 1997 - February 1999: Fidelity Investments Brokerage Technologies Group, Manager of Operations. Responsible for production and development Solaris systems, installed nationwide, which delivered 7x24 financial information via WWW and Client/Server applications (MAXXnet).  These systems supported an average 4,100 concurrent users, who generated about 1 million hits per day.  Developed system monitoring tools in Python, ksh, and awk.  Sybase DBA for a web based portfolio accounting system (MAXXtrack).  Conducted performance analysis, capacity planning, disaster recovery planning, and architecture design.  Supervised one other System Administrator.

Summer 1997: Boston Phoenix, Sun User's Group, Knox County Sheriff's Office, Consultant. Performed performance analysis, system upgrades, and WAN installation as a consultant at various Boston area companies and agencies.

1996 - 1997:  BBN PlanetConsultant.  Worked in WWW Research and Development.  Evaluated NIS+, AutoClient, and RAID technology for suitability in web hosting applications.  Designed and installed an Electronic Commerce service based on Open Market Technology's products.  Developed SymBEL based automated Solaris performance monitoring tools.

1993 - 1996: Penobscot County, Maine, Information Systems Manager.  Designed, installed, trained, budgeted established, and managed a Solaris based IS system consisting of a relational database and wide area network.  This was for 11 local law enforcement agencies with 350 users covering a region with a 15 mile radius.  Re-wrote 8A1 client software (in C, with a CURSES GUI) to Solaris.  Supervised a team of volunteers.

1988 - 1993:  MIT Lincoln Lab, Scientific Programmer.  Developed automated laboratory equipment and mathematical models of experimental chemical processes (in C).

1988:  Digital Equipment Corporation, VT, Contractor.  Research and Development of switching power supplies.

1988 - 1996:  US Coast Guard Reserves, Sonar Technician/Quartermaster Second Class.  Assignments included recall to active duty to participate in Operation Uphold Democracy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1994.  Unit Computer Security Petty Officer.

1984 - 1988: US Coast Guard, enlisted, Sonar Technician Second Class, active duty.  Assignments included LORAN duty in northern Alaska and drug interdiction patrols in the Carribbean.

Education & Professional Training:

BS Applied Math, U. Mass Lowell, March 1993

Sybase Database Administrator Course, March 1997.

Certified eB2B Implementation Specialist, December 2000

Certified eB2B Program Manager, December 2000

AIX for Unix Professionals Course, December 2002.

Sun Java System Directory Server, May 2005.

Veritas Cluster Server with Oracle 9iR2, May 2005.

Solaris 10 for Experienced Solaris Administrators, May 2005.

Solaris 10 Differences (from previous versions), February 2006.

An in-depth and detailed version of this resume. -- Rick's Family's home page.