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George Wendt III

George Wendt III

Applications Programmer / IT Consultant at University of California (Berkeley, California)

Materials/Physical Research


Over a decade of computing experience with Mac OS X, Unix and Linux OSs. 8+ years of experience in an astronomical research environment. 6+ years of experience in Ruby on Rails, HTML, Javascript, CSS, Perl and others. Looking to return to astronomical research.


Applications Programmer / IT Consultant
University of California
January 2016 - Present (1 years 9 months) Berkeley, California
Continue to maintain the core Ruby on Rails application, gems and databases to track research and operational activities in a childhood leukemia research group, which is composed of several genetic and epidemiological studies of childhood cancers.
Scientific Programmer
University of Nevada
September 2015 - Present (2 years 1 months) Reno, Nevada
Creating Children’s Health Registry and Data Warehouse for Washoe County. Importing and integrating data from a variety of sources. Continued genomics research, as well as starting new, projects processing and analysing next-generation sequencing DNA/RNA data with software like blast, blat, bowtie and trinity using a virtually infinite node cluster using Amazon Web Services EC2, S3 and SQS. XML / XSLT Transforming and Styling.
Applications Programmer 3
Buffler Research Group, University of California
January 2010 - July 2015 (5 years 6 months) Berkeley, CA
Develop and maintain multiple Ruby on Rails applications, gems and databases to track research and operational activities in a School of Public Health research unit, which is composed of several genetic and epidemiological studies of childhood cancers.
Skills: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, JavaScript, jQuery, Linux, Mac OSX, git
Rails Developer
September 2008 - April 2009 (7 months) Saint George, UT
Led the development of a Ruby on Rails classifieds site.
Skills: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, MySQL, Mac OSX, jQuery, Subversion
Princial Programmer / Analyst
SP Systems
January 2008 - June 2008 (5 months) Greenbelt, MD
Maintenance and development of the NASA NVO web pages written in a combination of HTML, Javascript, XML/XSL and Java and stored in a Subversion repository. Initial development of a Ruby on Rails app to be used for collaborative scientific processing.
Skills: JavaScript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, XML / XSLT, JQuery, Linux, Mac OSX, Subversion, unix
Software Integration Engineer / Perl Programmer
SP Systems
October 2003 - December 2007 (4 years 2 months) Greenbelt, MD
Filled a contract through NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for the INTEGRAL project at the ISDC ( ) in Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland. Member of a team responsible for the data acquisition, processing and software maintenance for the INTEGRAL project. - Write and maintain software (mostly written in C) - Write and maintain Perl and Unix shell scripts - Integrate software into processing scripts for OPUS platform - Documentation using perldoc and LaTeX. - Quality assurance and component unit testing - Data Processing and Analysis
Skills: Perl, C, Linux, CVS, unix
EIT Calroc Ground Systems Lead
Interferometrics / Naval Research Laboratory
January 2003 - September 2003 (8 months) Washington, District of Columbia
Responsible for preparation of the Ground Systems Equipment and Software for the EIT Calibration Rocket. This payload contained an ultraviolet camera to take full disk images of the Sun. These images was used to calibrate the EIT camera currently onboard the SOHO satelite. The camera was also tested for use on future missions. The realtime display code was written in C and used OpenGL and National Instruments Data Acquisition Libraries.
Skills: Linux, unix
LASCO Data Technician
Interferometrics / Naval Research Laboratory
May 2000 - September 2003 (3 years 4 months) Washington, District of Columbia
Basic Duties: - Maintained the data archive computers and software. (PCs, Suns and Macs with Windows, Linux, Unix and OS X) - Produced images and videos for publication and press releases. - Processed and did data reduction of images from the SOHO satellite. - Produced CDs and DVDs. - Distributed data to co-investigators. - Programed in IDL, HTML, Javascript, C, Perl and Unix scripts. - Basic Unix, Web and Network Administration. Major accomplishments: - Developed binary-to-FITS file conversion utility with GUI using Java/JNI/C allowing it to work on all platforms. - Developed interactive online application in Perl/C/CFITSIO/CGI scripts that interfaces with the database query form, reduces selected images, and produces movies, mpegs, gifs and animated gifs at the user's desired resolution.
Skills: IDL, HTML, JavaScript, Perl, C, Linux, unix
Computer Technician
June 1998 - April 1999 (10 months) Greensboro, NC
Built, upgraded, repaired, troubleshot and setup PC's on and off networks.
Computer Technician
Best Buy
September 1997 - June 1998 (9 months) Greensboro, NC
Built, upgraded, repaired, troubleshot and setup PC's.
Lab Instructor / Teaching Assistant
Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro
May 1997 - August 1997 (3 months) Greensboro, NC
Taught a General Physics Lab and graded all labs and homework papers.
Computer Technician
The New MMI Corporation
April 1993 - April 1994 (1 years ) Williamsport, PA
Tested returned computer components and computers for functionality.
Lance Corporal
United States Marine Corps
March 1990 - July 1992 (2 years 4 months)
Maintained and used weapons and water purification and pumping equipment.


George Mason University School of Computational Sciences
Some College Coursework Completed
2003 - 2003
Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bachelor's Degree
1995 - 2000
University of Oulu
Some College Coursework Completed
1996 - 1996
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Some College Coursework Completed
1992 - 1994
Shikellamy High School
High School or equivalent
1985 - 1989

Professional Memberships/Awards

  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Society Of Physics Students
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • UNCG Honors Program
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society)
  • Society Of Physics Students


  • Unix Administration
  • CFITSIO Library
  • Perl / Unix scripting
  • Google Earth / KML
  • MySQL
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3
  • CVS / Subversion / Git
  • CSS / CSS2 / CSS3
  • JavaScript / AJAX / Prototype / Scriptaculous / jQuery
  • Apache
  • XML / XSLT
  • Perl
  • C
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Ruby
  • IDL
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Linux
  • Mac OSX
  • git
  • Subversion
  • CVS
  • unix