Tony Thomas


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Qualifications Summary

  • 10 years experience in web design and development
  • 10 years experience in database administration
  • Over 6 years project management experience working with open-source solutions to save money for small businesses and research studies
  • Over 3 years multimedia publishing
  • Over 3 years research data management experience

Professional Experience

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Web Developer
Student Unions & Activities
June 2010 to Present
  • Front end development for Student Unions touch screen directories in Coffman Memorial Union and St. Paul Student Center using XHTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Developed CSS framework and style guide for Web Team to use for quickly laying out one, two and three column web pages
  • Coded updated website design for Student Unions & Activities website
  • Coded PHP application to use the University of Minnesota’s Google Search Appliance to search Student Unions & Activities domains
  • Coded mobile websites for University of Minnesota Spring Jam and Homecoming.
  • Built weather information widget using PHP, XML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Student Unions & Activities web content updates
Data Manager
Clinical Virology Programs
May 2005 to June 2010
  • Developed the Lab and Clinical Information System: a web-based system to track lab and clinical information for ongoing clinical trials using the CakePHP framework – a Model-View-Controller framework similar to Ruby-on-Rails.
    • Leveraged open-source solutions to save $5,000 in annual software license fees.
    • Converted flat text files to a normalized MySQL database to track over 40,000 aliquots
    • Created a portal for study participants to access their own symptom records and update them on a weekly basis.
    • Coded User Interface using HTML, JavaScript, CSS and PHP to manage clinic and lab information.
    • Migrated system to a Dedicated Virtual Server
  • Redesigned the Clinical Virology Programs website.
  • Coded Clinical Virology Programs website for WordPress using a combination of HTML, CSS & PHP
  • Wrote and edited articles for the Clinical Virology Programs website
  • Developed databases in MySQL and FileMaker Pro to keep track of research study information
  • Helped determine annual budgets for program purchase orders
  • Liaison between Clinical Virology Programs staff and Frontier Science Data Center for AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) research studies
  • Responsible quality of data in University of Minnesota ACTG site and sub-sites at Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Iowa and University of Nebraska
  • Generate data reports for Study Coordinator and Principal Investigator
  • Responsible for making purchases in University of Minnesota Enterprise Financial System.
Independent Consultant, Minneapolis, MN
Freelance Web Developer, May 2005 to June 2010
  • Design, update and maintain websites for small businesses.
  • Provide webhosting and email services on my own dedicated virtual server for clients.
  • Server administration using a combination of the Plesk web-based control panel and the Linux command line.

Computer Skills

Web Development Frameworks
CSS Frameworks
960 Grid System
Blueprint CSS Framework
Design & Development Tools
Komodo Edit
Filemaker Pro
Pro Tools


Witness the Power of This Fully Armed and Operational Website: The Emerging Power of WebSockets
A presentation and demo about the HTML5 WebSocket protocol.
Mobile Web Development
A presentation on the landscape of mobile web development (September 2011) and two mobile web projects I did for Student Unions & Activities.
Project Tools in Web Development: A Case Study (with Ken Loomis & Ethan Poole)
A presentation on the tools used by Student Unions & Activities during the redesign of
HTML 101 for WordPress Users
An overview of HTML for beginning users who are familiar with WordPress’ WYSIWYG editor, but may not know much markup.

Education & Training

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
B.A. University of Minnesota December, 1996 
English Literature
Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN
Principles of Programming Course