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Christopher Keslar

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

ckeslar@gmail.com §  +1 (412) 973-7341

www.linkedin.com/in/keslar/ 

“Innovative thinker with broad expertise in the strategic and tactical delivery of large-scale IT projects”

Career Summary

Accomplished technology professional with extensive experience in software development, solutions and application design, and project and product management. Able to manage the evolving challenges of digital transformation by delivering a 360° pragmatic approach based on the principles of collaboration and co-creation. Emphasizes introducing key technology solutions to meet the changing needs of clients in a dynamic business environment. Proven aptitude to direct business context investigation, consideration of stakeholders’ perspectives, needs analyses, process modeling, and requirements validation and management. Successfully share complex data with experts and novice users.

Highlights of Expertise

·         Enterprise & Solution Architecture

·         Software Development & Administration

·         Cloud Computing & Technical Innovation

·         Web Application & Development

·         Full Project Life Cycle Management

·         Security & Risk Analysis

·         Strategic Planning & Implementation

·         Continues Process Improvement

·         Team Building & Leadership

·         Stakeholders Relationship Building

·         Identity & Access Management

·         Excellent Oral & Written Communication

Career Experience

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

INNOVATOR AND STRATEGIST | 2013 to Present

Directly report to CIO by holding bottom-line responsibility of investigating and establishing strategic direction for the University. Harness astute analytical capabilities and leverage new technology to advance overall computing services. Develop groundbreaking and multi-faceted engagement strategies for the central IT department as well as devise IT plan for the University. Bridge communications gap between the central IT organization and various academic and administrative departments. Render impeccable support in various cross-institution committees including sustainability, research data management, and center for creativity.

·         Conceptualized and initiated strategic and technology plans that defined the mission of the technology organization to achieve objectives and formulate guiding principles for technology decisions based on the needs of the organization.

·         Enhanced senior management decision making capabilities and boosted department’s efficiencies by adhering policy and procedure to mediate research data management as a strategic and comprehensive platform.

·         Organized and coordinated the first service portfolio for the IT department that is recognized as a core tool to help arrange services offered, track gaps, and facilitate the planning process.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

ENTERPRISE ARCHITECT | 2009 to 2013

Operated as one of the founding members of the Enterprise Architecture group, articulating and describing role and set standards for enterprise systems to ensure interoperability, reliability, and to meet the needs of the users. Enforced end-to-end control by executing and aiming company vision, long-range strategic planning to lead enterprise level projects. Orchestrated all bottom-line factors, including university vision, long-range strategic planning, design, and leadership. Steered efforts towards recognizing and communicating the value of leveraging InCommon and Internet2. Rendered management expertise and directions in order to ensure that University aligned and participated in programs and initiatives. Acknowledged as an integral participant in deploying and updating internal policies and procedures, including change management and critical problem resolution.

·         Conserved both personnel and financial resources by employing various innovative use of technologies, including switching from use of Verisign SSL certificate to InCommon/Comodo for an annual savings of over $2M.

·         Implemented a news service within 1 week by using open source software rather than embarking on a custom development process that required 6 to 9 months and multiple developers to complete.

·         Elevated and promoted department institutional goals by establishment of the Mobile App challenge to engage the student body in technology and the mobile environment.

·         Performed comprehensive operations as sole Identity Architect for the University of Pittsburgh computing systems-- designing, building, maintaining, and enhancing the identity and access management environment for all enterprise computing systems and services including single sign-on and roles-based access.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

SYSTEMS ARCHITECT AND APPLICATION ARCHITECHTURE MANAGER | 2004 to 2009

Originated, streamlined, and operationalized highly successful enterprise systems and system enhancements for the University of Pittsburgh as the core architect for the computer accounts management system, central directory service, identity management (IDM), spam filtering service, and emergency notification system. Spearheaded various system design and architecture duties, administering highly skilled team of over 10 personnel, delegating work responsibilities, and managing budgeting resources, and the system design.

·         Contributed to the success of a technically sophisticated strategic initiative, by designing and rolling-out low-latency network connection between multiple institutions for a live cyber-symposium that allowed Jazz musician from around the country to collaborate in real-time.

·         Created and implemented emergency notification system and designing and developed a subscription SMS subscription service. The system was utilized heavily during a rash of bomb threats against the University during the first quarter of 2012 to great success. 

Online Commerce Technology LLC, Pittsburgh PA

CEO AND FOUNDING MEMBER | 1999 to 2004

Ran a successful IT consulting and custom development practice with sales of $ 1 million dollars a year. Managed all aspects of running the company from budgeting and marketing, resource management, and actively interacting with clients. Managed a staff of IT consultants to service our clients from IT support to custom development.

Additional Experience

Information Technology Engineer  §  Media Site (formerly ISLIP Media), Pittsburgh PA § 1998 - 1999

Systems Administrator  §  Storm Systems, Pittsburgh PA § 1998 - 1998

Facilities and Operations Manager §  Wise Wire Corporation/Lycos, Pittsburgh PA § 1996 - 1998

Product Engineer § Transarc Corporation, Pittsburgh PA § 1995 - 1996

Systems Analyst § University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA § 1992 - 1995

Education & Credentials

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

Technical Proficiencies: HTML, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows, Servers, SQL, Linux, Enterprise Software, Perl, Python,  Java, Active Directory, LDAP

Awards & Grants: CC*DNI Engineer: An Engagement Model for Accelerating use and Knowledge of Cyberinfrastructure in Virtual Science Organizations at the University of Pittsburgh. National Science Foundation. $391,872.2016-2018

CC*IIE Networking Infrastructure: Accelerating Science, Translational Research, and Collaboration at the University of Pittsburgh through the Implementation of Network Upgrades. National Science Foundation. $499,437.2014-2015

Publications & Presentations: “Challenges in TEC: From Start-Ups to Global Enterprise,” TEC2015: Technology Entrepreneurship Creativity, 2/ 7/15 | "Ransomware- Phishing just got personal," University Times, Dec 2013 | "Social media 101," University Times, Nov 2012 | "Outrageous Convenience and Security," EDTECH, Jan 2009 | “Security and Privacy Lightning Round,” EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference. Oct 2008 | “Authenticated Guest Wireless Access: Simplicity and Security,” EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference, Oct 2008