Nathan J. Mehl
San Francisco, CA
Lead engineer for internal deployment of Google Video Search,
adapting Google Video to index and stream Google's internal video
Project leader for SRE takeover of Youtube Search: specified acceptance criteria, designed load testing and monitoring tools, drove project to completion.
(Other project details not appropriate for public dissemination.)
Money Media, Inc
Leader of the IT division of a fast-growing financial
publishing firm. Reported to CTO. Responsible for all internal
and customer-facing technical infrastructure. Responsible for all
IT budgeting and vendor selection/management. Managed direct
Developed and executed an insourcing plan to migrate all company production infrasturcture to a self-managed platform while delivering increased reliability and performance for the company's customer-facing websites.
Worked closely with the CTO and Director of Software Development to specify and develop a content management and publishing platform for Money Media's subscription products.
Designed and built a custom-tailored software application build, test and deployment system, based on open-source tools.
Managed helpdesk staff.
Senior UNIX systems administrator for a leading internet video news
provider. Responsible for all production servers, including asset
management, Java application servers and web servers.
Designed and implemented The Feedroom's comprehensive code testing and release infrastructure, allowing for controlled testing and QA regression of new code features and seamless rollback.
Created full operational procedures and documentation for The Feedroom's production systems to be used by contractors and outsourced maintenence.
Implemented and documented The Feedroom's internal instant messenging system, linking the central office with over 30 remote sites for secure real-time text communication.
Director of Systems for an independent game development
Responsible for all infrastructure creation, deployment and support, including corporate messaging infrastructure, software build and testing environments, and production web, gaming and download servers.
Designed internal email, messaging and live chat infrastructure to accomodate a "virtual" corporation with no physical offices and employees on 3 continents.
Designed, specified and built corporate web portal and customer support site.
Founding employee of a 30-person software and service development
company. Designed and implemented all aspects of internal IT and
development infrastructure, including IP networking, file, print and
messaging services, network backups, firewall and VPN remote access,
automatic machine configuration. Designed all aspects of the
corporate production infrasturcture for managed service offerings,
including server specifications, network design, datacenter physical
layout and security policies.
Primary responsibility for evaluation of all vendors and subcontractors necessary for production buildout, including datacenter selection. Presented evaluations to Board of Directors.
Hired and managed a team of three direct reports to provide IT service and support to all business and engineering personnel. Implemented trouble-ticketing systems to ensure service delivery.
Primary Systems-side responsiblity for the upkeep of one of the ten
largest email transit systems in the world (circa 1999), with over 8 million
customers and 10 million messages per day. Created and maintained
sendmail configurations for various machines in this architecture.
Tracked usage, provided statistical information and capacity planning,
evaluated hardware, coordinated feature upgrades with development, and
provided high-level troubleshooting for Operations staff. Planned and
coordinated build-outs and releases of new architectures.
Designed and implemented Mail.Com's first comprehensive software release system. Designed and documented Mail.Com's DNS control system, which ensures DNS consistency for over 3,000 DNS zones. Trained and supervised Operations and junior Systems staff in day-to-day troubleshooting techniques. Implemented incident-tracking systems for Systems and Operations staff.
As a Senior Consultant, responsible for performing a wide range of
duties for clients, mainly in the area of designing and deploying
enterprise-wide services such as network backups, email and usenet
architecture, high- availability print/file service, domain name service,
directory services, web/HTTP service and many others. Most client work
done in a Solaris environment, but also others as needed. Also
responsible for helping to develop network security auditing procedures
As Security Coordinator, responsible for developing and implementing CNS/NED's internal security policies and tools, and leading first- response actions to any and all security incidents. Also responsible for specifying, deploying, maintaining and when necessary developing internal auditing, authentication, firewall and encryption tools.
As part of CNS/NED's internal IT staff, responsible for maintaining and growing their internal network of Solaris servers, including primary responsibility for maintaining email (Sendmail) and netnews (INN) servers.
(Then known as "BBN Planet")
System Operations Center Engineer
April 1995 - May 1996
Primary Usenet News administrator for the BBN Planet NorthEast Region
(formerly NEARnet); responsible for upkeep and administration of BBN
NER's five INN news servers, including specification, construction, deployment,
support and on-call duty. Helped specify and plan BBN's migration of its
Usenet architecture from INN to the Cyclone news server. Developed
materials for educating customers about BBN's Usenet services, including
segments of the BBN News
Advantage web site. Worked with the BBN Network
Operations Center to deploy and tune monitoring tools for the news server.
Additional duties included basic administration for the BBN Web Advantage server farms, internal support for Server Operations Center workstations, and other miscellaneous tasks.
Brigham & Women's Hospital|
(Harvard Medical School)
Surgical Planning Lab
October, 1994 - April 1995
Designed and implemented the SPL web page, including scripting to
automate new content additions, HTML layout, and creation of custom
Also, built and maintained the SPL's INN news server.
AT&T Small Business Sales|
August, 1994 - April 1995
|Developed a custom application in Microsoft Access to speed analysis of data exported from the AT&T SAART customer information database. Also provided ad hoc desktop PC support while the office systems administrator was on leave. Also misc clerical duty.|
Thomas Jefferson University
PC Support Technician
November, 1992 - July 1993
|Helpdesk technician in TJU's MIS Tech Support call center. Responsible for first-call support on all PC hardware and software issues, including application support and network connectivity issues.|
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