Michael G. Brown

Portland, Oregon · (971) 221-9027 · m.george.brown89@gmail.com

I possess an unquenchable desire to learn and an aptitude to do so quickly. Everything intrigues me. I enjoy learning all I can about a subject: what something is, how it works, and why it works one way rather than another.

Experience

Software Development Engineer II

I do most everything that I did in my previous position at Viewpoint, but now my work is more focused on CICD pipelines and general DevOps-related stuff. My big win in 2020 was massive cost savings accross all our environments (dev to prod) and taking our release-process for our main SaaS product "Team" from a 6+ hour process (35 microservices) to under 90 minutes.

January 2020 - Present

Cloud Operations Engineer

The title Cloud Operations Engineer only encompasses a portion of what I do. I work on build and release pipelines a lot, write a ton of PowerShell code following test-driven design and DevOps principals, and maintain infrastructure as code using ARM templates Azure, AWS, other cloud service providers, and (occasionally) on-premesis solutions.

June 2018 - December 2019

Student Programmer

The portolio above contrains write-ups of assignments from Software Engineering I, II & III.

The repo for my practice class project and our team project is listed above. Our project won Best Overall and Best Design for our class.

As part of the final two terms, we also created (are creating) an individual project. My repository for that is listed above.

September 2017 - June 2018

Writing Consultant

As a writing consultant, I got to work with student writers of all disciplines in all aspects of writing for academia. We crafted writers, not just their writing. I got to explore a wide variety of topics and helped people to express their ideas better. I loved it!

September 2015 - June 2018

Owner, Manager

I ran a small Wedding and Events DJ business. As the owner and manager, I oversaw the business finances and publicity, scheduling, correspondence and communication with clients via email and in person, and did website design and maintenance.

As a DJ and MC, I ran live sound for events and musicians, cooperated with vendors, maintained event timelines, coordinated events, and communicated with guests.

June 2013 - Present

IT Intern

Intel Corporation

As an Intern, I consolidated technical documentation and maintained Nagios checks on Linux servers. I spent significant time learning about Big Data and other courses on Linda.com while I was there.

June 2016 - September 2016

Projects

PowerShell Modules

The Slack PowerShell module (formally called PSlickPSlack) is an open-source project I started to help me with my PowerShell Slack application. It is tested with Pester, and has a CI-CD pipeline on AppVeyor to publish it to the PowerShell Gallery.

I no longer have a need for this, and have not spent anytime on the project for awhile.

Viewpoint

VORM is a powershell module I built as a relase orchestration tool to help with our SaaS products monthly release. Team is currently composed of about 35 microservices, and usually 25 or so are updated each month. This tool is built on top of the Azure DevOps APIs and utilizes the Azure CLI to incorporate many of the SaaS product's unique characteristics ("this service should go before this one", etc.) and idiosyncrasies.

Education

Western Oregon University

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science - Software Engineering
Graduated June 2018

Western Oregon University

Bachelor of Arts
English - Literature & Writing
Graduated June 2013

Skills

Programming Languages
  • PowerShell
Tools & Frameworks
  • Kubernetes
  • Kafka
Workflow
  • Disciplined Agile Development & Scrum
  • Git Worflow
  • Git Forking Workflow

Interests

Family

I love spending time with my wife and three daughters!

Fitness

Running

I oscillate between being an avid runner and a former runner. I ran track and XC all through highschool and during my first stint at WOU. I've attempted several times to get back into running, but after competing for so many years, it's hard to run casually, and I don't currently have space in my life for that level of dedication (but I wouldn't have it any other way!)

Cycling

One of my goals in life would be to not have to own a car. I'm passionate about bike commuting, and think we should spend more on cycling infrastructure! I used to commute 32 miles a day between Salem and Monmouth, Oregon, but I don't quite have the time anymore for that. :/

If you're really interested, you can look at my (mostly) running and (almost no) cycling on Strava

Yoga

It just makes me feel better.

Art

Music

I enjoy listening to and playing music of all sorts (it helps with my DJ business). I also collect and (pretend to) play a variety of musical instruments, but mostly guitar.

Literature

I love reading (I do have a degree in it, after all). I like fiction in particular. Its a more honest look at life, because it tells you upfront that its having you look through a lense to view the world, but I do read almost anything I can get my hands on.

Again, if you're interested, here is what I'm currently reading: Michael Brown's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (currently-reading shelf)

Film & Television

No pretension here (hopefully). I just like watching movies and TV shows occasionally. I'm actually rationing my screen time right now though.

Podcasts

Are podcasts art? I dunno, but I love listening to them in the car. Its actually one of the only things that makes me feel like driving isn't a waste of time. I get to listen to other people who've done research on virtually anything I want to learn about. Everything is interesting if you dig deep enough.