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Michael Neal

Bristow, Virginia
20136
US

Michael Neal

Software Developer at US Army Contractor (Fort Belvoir, Virginia)

Usability/Information Architecture

Summary

Creative, highly-motivated web professional with extensive experience in design, development, and evolution of web page and software development delivering modern, engaging, and dynamic customer experiences. Strong personnel and project management abilities, excellent communication skills, and ability to operate very effectively under a tight deadlines.

Experience

Software Developer
US Army Contractor
March 2012 - Present (5 years 6 months) Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Consulted with internal and external stakeholders on project status, proposals, and technical issues, including software system design and maintenance. Store, retrieve, and manipulate data for analysis of system capabilities and requirements. Identify, lead, and contribute to internal strategic initiatives to improve product and toolsets. Create, change, document and implement new and existing software solutions based on customer (internal and external) specifications. Integrated Agile, Scrum, and Waterfall methodologies throughout multiple government projects. Selected Achievements: - Spearheaded effort to modernize usability, design, and accessibility of U.S. Army websites using bootstrap, jQuery, and modern design trends. - Built and implemented graphical website designs with HTML, jQuery, Bootstrap, CSS, and Adobe Creative Suite. - Oversee maintenance, Section 508 accessibility testing/mitigation, and regular content updates for 65 U.S Army websites.
Skills: CSS, jQuery, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Acrobat, ASP.NET, ASP.Net MVC, HTML, SQL Server, Bootstrap
Senior Web Designer
KForce Government Solutions
June 2009 - March 2012 (2 years 9 months) Fairfax, VA
Designed, built, and maintained websites, using authoring and scripting languages, content creation tools, management tools, and digital media. Diagnosed problems uncovered by testing and customer feedback and devised solutions. Conferred with management and development teams to prioritize needs, resolve conflicts, and develop content criteria. Recommended and implemented performance improvements. Communicated with network personnel to address hardware and software issues affecting Web sites. Selected Achievements: - Directly interfaced with clients and administered work flow of team members. - Formulated and revised graphical web designs and PDFs for websites, newsletters, and publications. - Successfully maintained 12 Department of Education websites with XHTML/CSS updates, SQL server database content, and ASP.Net coding. - Served as quality assurance testing expert in usability and Section 508 accessibility for websites and PDFs.
Skills: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, HTML, CSS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Acrobat, ASP.NET, SQL Server
Web Programmer
AccountAbilities/SPS Technologies
October 2007 - June 2009 (1 years 8 months) Herndon, VA
Supported and executed critical business processes through existing applications. Developed, debugged, and documented web-based applications. Wrote well designed, testable, efficient code. Maintained, expanded, and scaled websites. Selected Achievements: - Executed and supervised redesign of EPA Fuels division website, including new architecture design, quality assurance, graphical layout, XHTML, CSS, and html/JavaScript coding. - Orchestrated and established multiple small scale ASP.Net/SQL Server applications for corporate website and sales team database.  
Skills: Adobe Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Acrobat, ASP.NET, SQL Server
Quality Assurance Specialist - Web testing
PAL-TECH
March 2005 - October 2007 (2 years 7 months) Arlington, Virginia
Recorded and documented software anomalies and tracked issues. Examined code and execution of code in various environments. Developed test plans, quality assurance, and User Acceptance Testing. Analyzed and processed test cases for product management and software development teams. Selected Achievements: -Drove and administered redesign of Foreign Service Institute website, including top navigation bar solution and integration of varying pages into common template for navigation and branding. - Accomplished new set of section 508, usability, and coding standards for web team, ensuring web products employed latest technologies. - Authored innovative GUI design for website CMS system to generate interest and online traffic. - Championed quality assurance testing for web projects and course materials with a specialization in usability and accessibility.
Skills: Adobe Photoshop, CSS, HTML

Education

Annandale High
High School or equivalent
George Mason University
Vocational
Web Development Certificate
2001 - 2001
George Mason University
Some College Coursework Completed
Government & International Politics
1996 - 2000

Certifications

CompTIA Security+
CompTIA
April 2012

Professional Memberships/Awards

  • Professional Photographers of America
  • Indie Capitol Awards - Best Stunts for Short Film

Interests

  • Photography
  • Filmmaking
  • Judo

Skills

  • Photography (5 years )
  • Videography (5 years )
  • jQuery (2 years )
  • Adobe Photoshop (16 years )
  • Adobe Illustrator (5 years )
  • CSS (16 years )
  • Adobe InDesign (2 years )
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe Dreamweaver (10 years )
  • Adobe Acrobat (10 years )
  • ASP.NET (5 years )
  • Social Media (2 years )
  • ASP.Net MVC (6 months)
  • HTML (16 years )
  • SQL Server (10 years )
  • Bootstrap (2 years )