John was born twice in 1963 in the USA (he's got a twin), is Married With Children (2) and currently living in a
small town just this side of hell. He is a clever, exceedingly hard-working individual ("individual" being a key word) with
an unnatural love of bad puns.
My first encounter with John was a confrontation because he'd enhanced one of my
programs beyond usability. We began arguing about software development and haven't
stopped yet. This hate-hate relationship has produced hundreds of programs spanning a
number of diverse projects and, though I'll never admit it to him, has been a major
(positive) influence in all my work.
John started writing Air Traffic Control software for the FAA in 1983.
He spent 10 years in En Route Field Support, specializing in Monitor (also working on the DARC interface).
He was a founder of Overkill "Classic" in 1987, joined Overkill UK, Ltd. for the year of
1993 and has been with Overkill US ever since.
WWWeb freshness dating:
January 1, 2011
At Christmastime, he has "amused" his co-workers by:
For more evidence, please see the Geek of Christmas Past.
- coming to work as a present, wearing a decorated box
- festooning himself with Christmas lights
- fastening numerous jinglebells to himself (with near-fatal results)
- dressing as a huge candy cane
- becoming a human card rack
- covering himself in bows
- wearing a suit of wrapping paper
- other crimes against Christmas too hideous to mention
Employee psychological screenings are way overdue.
John has accomplished the following for Overkill:
- 1993: Monitor (a custom Air Traffic Control operating system) general software maintenance
- 1994: Strategic PAM Replacement Incorporating Network Technology (SPRINT) - Monitor software design and implementation, test support.
- 1995: Sim-from-SAR (System Analysis Recording) - Software lead: design, implementation and testing.
- 1995-1997: Display Channel Complex Rehost (DCCR) -
Monitor software design, implementation, documentation and test support.
Designed and implemented a suite of diagnostic software.
- 1996: Assisted in the migration of jobshop software to ESA architecture.
- 1997: Implemented several Flight Data Processing fixes in JOVIAL source for Republic of
China ATC system, provided on-site support in Taipei.
- 1997-1998: Implemented Conflict Probe enhancements in the Oceanic ODAPS system.
- 1998-2002: Host and Oceanic Computer System Replacement (HOCSR) - Monitor software implementation.
- 2000: DCCR Removal - optimizing the Monitor for the remaining display system (DSR).
- 2001-2002: MDM Replacement - Computer Human Interface design and implementation.
- 1998-2004: Host support team - enhanced Help Desk software, fixed and enhanced jobshop panels, updated and improved the NAS Standby EXEC, and implemented a number of software patches and source corrections.
- 2003-2004: (secret project)
- 2003-2004: ERAM - Design work in Flight Data Processing and subsequent implementation.
- 2004-Present: ERAM - Team Lead for EDSM Flight Strip Printer (FSP) group and primary Point of Contact (POC).
System Engineering, design, implementation and maintenance of all Flight Strip Printer related code for ERAM.
- BSc in Info & Computer Sciences (1985, Program Distinction) Stockton State College, NJ
- 240 hours of training at FAA Academy, Oklahoma.
- 1993 - First Overkill "Most Valuable Person" when he single-handedly solved several
critical problems with the UK Air Traffic control software within a few days, earning a rare
letter of commendation from the Civil Aviation Authority.
- 1995 - Again named Overkill "Most Valuable Person" for most hours worked in 1995 and his
intense effort to complete a Sim-from-SAR package for the UK while working overtime on the
FAA's Display Channel Complex Rehost (DCCR) project.
- 1996 - Once more with "MVP" for the most hours worked.
- 2000-2007 - Again and again, MVP. Give someone else a chance, will you?
- 2009 - MVP again, of cour- wait, what happened in 2008?
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