Resume C/V

Benjamin LaGrone

 

Houston, TX

(910) 236-9853 | benjaminlagrone@gmail.com
https://github.com/benlagrone/

Creative professional who takes an empirical approach to Mobile/Web UI/UX design and development. Thriving in a fast paced environment, believe in the continuous integration of new knowledge from various disciplines including the business cycle, economics, art and style, technical books, online magazines and blogs. Highly motivated, take ownership of criteria, tasks and products and am able to consistently deliver high quality software on each development cycle. Strives to improve systems with ground-breaking new features and innovative presentation techniques.

Functional Abilities

  • Business workflow and process design
  • Product management
  • Constituent Usability Testing
  • Product backlog, requirements and acceptance criteria development
  • Agile, Iterative approach to application and interface development

Specializations

  • Mobile first development, Responsive design, Mobile web
  • User Experience (UX) Arcitecture, User Interface (UI), Golden ratios in user interface development
  • Agile Software Development, Object Oriented Development
  • Web Application Usability Principles, Usability Testing, User Metrics
  • Scientific and Enterprise development and deployment environments
  • Bioinformatics, Robotics, E-commerce, Oil & Gas, Energy
  • CAD / 3D Printing

Mobile / Internet Technologies

  • iOS Development. App published in iTunes Store
  • C# .NET MVC with Telerik and Kendo UI
  • Responsive Web Design, Mobile First (Published author on Responsive Web Design published by PACKT Publishers, ISBN 978-1-84969-544-2)
  • PHP Symfony, Java Groovy/Grails
  • SQL: MySQL, Microsoft, Oracle
  • HTML5 & CSS3, Javascript, jQuery, jQuery Mobile, Kendo UI mobile, YUI, DOJO, Prototype, ARC GIS, Google Maps Api, Google Code, Web Services, AJAX, REST, SOAP, XML, JSON, MVVM Patterns, Single Page Applications (SPA), Durandle JS, Angular JS, Knockout JS
  • PERL, Python, C/C++, Arduino, AVR Libc
  • Unit & Integration Testing
  • Marketing:SEO & SEM, Adwords & Adsense, CPC & CPM advertising, Social Media, and reputation management
  • E-commerce & CMS: WordPress, Drupal, Ubercart, Magento

Productivity Software

  • OS: iOS, Android, OSx, Windows, Linux: Ubuntu and Centos Linux, VMWare
  • Axure, Basalmiq Mockups, Wireframing tools
  • IDE: Visual Studio with Resharper, NetBeans, Eclipse, Xcode, VIM
  • Code Repository: SVN, GIT, TFS
  • Microsoft Office: Project, Visio, Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint
  • Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
  • Open Source creative software: Gimp, Inkscape
  • CAD & CAM: Rhino, AutoCAD, Blender, CamBam, Mach5
  • Servers: LAMP, Windows IIS Servers; Enterprise Server

 

Experience

 

April 2014 – Present

MD Anderson, Digital Experience

Web Developer Specialist (Mobile Developer)

  • Led mobile projects from client meetings to User Experience architecture to full stack development
  • Led client need discovery, presented wireframe and iterated to project delivery
  • Developed in .NET MVC API 2.0, Angular JS, Native iOS, and Google code to deliver professional mobile responsive, hybrid web apps, and native solutions to department clients
  • Created reusable components and style libraries for other developers to utilize in development
  • Worked directly with faculty stakeholders to create new workflows and processes for new applications
  • Created mobile development standards documents and mentored coworkers on mobile development, standards and strategy
  • Added new features to development environment for rapid project spin up
  • Deployed new collaboration tools to increase teamwork and knowledge dissemination
  • Collaborated to deliver new innovative projects outside of software development, including 3D Printing & Bioprinting

 

May 2013 – April 2014

LeCrown Development for Client, InfiniteGIS

User Experience Architect (UX), User Interface (UI) Developer, Mobile Solution Architect Developer

  • Responsible for architecting business workflow solution
  • Responsible for coordinating stakeholder and user discovery and testing interviews
  • Responsible for creating user personas, and journey maps, AB Testing
  • Responsible for creating Human Perfoemance Measures & Development Portal Architecture, workflows, and UI Data widgets
  • Created comprehensive layout, architecture and UI designs for GIS Map Based Application that managed many-to-many relationships of land use
  • Developing Single Page Applications using HTML5, CSS3, Knockout JS, DOJO, ARC GIS, MVVM, and Bootstrap UI
  • Creating User interface based on golden ratio
  • Designed and Developed Responsive Web Application using table & mobile first methodology, optimized for multiple viewport sizes
  • Application features conversational workflow to make the application easy to use by in-the-field workers

 

June 2013 – October 2013

LeCrown Development for Client, Houston Independant School District

User Experience Architect (UX) Lead, User Interface (UI) Developer, Mobile Solution Architect Developer

  • Responsible for coordinating stakeholder and user discovery and testing interviews
  • Responsible for creating user personas, and journey maps, AB testing
  • Responsible for creating and testing business workflows, unified software layouts
  • Responsible for creating Human Perfoemance Measures & Development Portal Architecture, workflows, and UI Data widgets
  • Created Tablet-first responsive layout designs for mobile applications
  • Created comprehensive layout, architecture and UI designs for Human Performance and Development Portal

 

September 2012 – Present

Packt Publishers

Author

  • “Wed Trends (TBD)” ISBN 978-1-78355-211-5

Projected Publication Date January 2016

  • “HTML5 and CSS3 Responsive Web Design Cookbook” ISBN 978-1-84969-544-2

http://www.packtpub.com/html5-and-css3-responsive-web-design-cookbook/book

Published June 2013

 

June 2011 – June 2013

Empyrean Benefit Solutions

Lead User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Mobile Developer | https://goEmpyrean.com

  • Developed Mobile web version of MAP (Management Application Portal) for HR administrators. The Mobile MAP tool delivers a set of HR Benefit Administration tools optimized for mobile device delivery. The Application was built using .Net MVC, Kendo UI and jQuery Mobile. Tools included: At a glance data visualizations, user management, employer and client management, and employee, life event, dependent and beneficiary management screens
  • The web software was developed using responsive, mobile-first design to deliver optimized presentations to all screens. The designs were developed optimized for mobile, iPads and tablets first and designed to degrade optimally for desktop screens of 5 most common desktop sizes
  • Promoted to UI/UX Lead of all new software and provides consultation to teams on UI development
  • Reworked login page for Employee Self Service site. reduced call center volume by 12%
  • Built UI for 834 Carrier builder application, reduced business process from 40 hours to a three hour task.
  • Developed MAP (Managers Application Portal) tool for HR Benefit Administrators using responsive & mobile first layout concepts, CSS# & HTML5
  • Developed product branding, company branding and new company website
  • Developed LDAP integrated intranet with knowledge sharing tools, Google maps integration for floor plans, branding and development guides, style guide for UI
  • Designed and developed online Benefits Marketplace
  • Wellness Applications – Gamification of wellness programs

January 2010 – June 2011

NURSA, Baylor College of Medicine

User Experience/Bioinformatics Developer | NURSA.org (Nuclear Receptor Signaling Atlas)

  • Led changes to website user interface (UI) to update usability based on UX principles, analytics, usability and SEO standards. Updated website elements such as the footer, and menu to extend information presentation and search engine indexing
  • Developed menus to logically navigate deep Ajax filled molecule pages, using Java, Groovy/Grails, XML, YUI, JavaScript
  • Developed new Molecular Navigation Interface tool using Google Maps API, Web Services, Groovy/Grails & Java as a tool to aid cancer research
  • *Project Published in MolEndo Magazine
  • Used Google analytics to propose and empirically argue changes to website user interface (UI) to increase targeted traffic, time on site, and reduce bounce rate

 

2008 – Present

LaGrone Development

Developer | LagroneDevelopment.com

  • Web Application Developer, Internet Marketing
  • Developed Internet Applications and Content Management Systems
  • Created and Managed Organic Internet Search and PPC Campaigns
  • Managed online reputation and social media
  • Created an online Foodies Social Network

Mobile Apps – Objective C iOs

Mirhapp.com Mirhapp – Produced with subject matter expert an app that delivers a gallery of iconography and cultural artifacts of Eastern cultures

2007 – 2008

Horizon Developers

Developer, Business Development | cityofhorizon.com

  • Project manager and Business Development for Katrina Recovery project in Mississippi
  • Built 400 page website of real estate market, demographic, and employment research using PHP, Java & MYSQL Content Management System for marketing
  • Deployed document management server for multi-location spur offices
  • Work with local development boards to establish infrastructure surrounding Horizon project

2004 – 2007

Anthem Services

Principle, Project Manager | anthemltd.com

  • Designed and deployed web applications and CMSs to meet client needs
  • Used LDAP, scripting/shell programming and Group Policy Objects to provide secure environments and support for desktops, servers, and VPN connections
  • Acted as business Analyst and managed development of .NET LDAP integrated software for sales engineering team to manage sales life-cycle
  • Managed employees, business development, sales, marketing, and project accounting

1998 – 2004

American Academy

IT Services Manager | academyofexcellence.org

  • Managed support staff to architect and deploy IT infrastructures and align IT goals with organizational goals
  • Developed student user account management software to automate user management
  • Designed online and print marketing collateral for marketing campaigns
  • Deployed Open Source Intranet / Internet Content Management System for document content management and led migration of content

Education

Bachelor’s of Science in Economics – University of Houston; May 2001

Center of study: Asian Economic Development

 

Publications

Electrical Engineering/Robotics