Kevin J. Rice



2500 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014


Home: (815) 479-0880 Cell: (847) 845-RICE




Software engineer with B.S.C.S. and 20+ years experience doing highly technical client/server architecture and development over the full software life cycle, primarily in Python, Perl, and C.


OBJECTIVE:  Contract / Consulting software development positions in or near Chicago, IL.




INDUSTRIES:  Financials / Markets, Construction accounting, Capital Markets (Risk), Retail, Credit, Consumer Electronics, Military, Education, Petrochemical, Insurance, Telecom, HR,  Publishing.


APPLICATIONS: Timeseries/monitoring, Financials (FINRA / OATS, FIX protocol), Providers, E-Commerce, Web infrastructure, CGI Web Development, Web Page Design, Internet Security, Embedded real-time systems, Consumer Electronics, Telecom, Industrial Control Systems, Turbomachinery, Web-Based Recruiting, Software Configuration Management (SCM == version control tools & processes), cryptography.


PLATFORMS: Linux (RHEL/Centos, Ubuntu), Windows (all), Solaris, HP/UX, Embedded, AS/400


LANGUAGES: Python, Perl, C, C# .NET, Java, VBA/Excel, C++, Cobol, SQL, HTML, Ada, Assembler, Lisp, Pascal


DATABASES: MongoDB, Memcache, Postgres, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, Informix, DB2, MS SQL Server, MS Access, Paradox, Foxpro, ODBC, Vax/VMS RDB, Lotus Notes.


NETWORKING:  Ethernet, sockets, DHCP, TCP/IP, POP3, PPP, cabling, firewalls, security, routers, NAT, Internet protocols, authentication & authorization, SSL / TLS.


DEVELOPMENT TOOLS:  Git, SVN, CVS, PVCS, SourceSafe;  JQuery, CSS, Eclipse, Visual Studio


OTHER SOFTWARE:  Django, Graphite, Twisted, Robot Testing Frameworks,  WebWare for Python, Pylons, LAMP, Mod_Perl, Apache, BBThreads, Dreamweaver, Frontpage, MS Office, Star Office, Jakarta, Tomcat, Awk, Korn / Bourne (bash) Shell, C-Shell, Make, sed, emacs, Unix shell scripting, vi, Vax VMS DCL & VMS utilities, Norbert DOD, PGP, Roguewave.



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B.S., Computer Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 1992



Senior Software Engineer, / (Consultant)                 4/2012 to current, 3 years


For infrastructure systems monitoring, re-architected and enhanced the metrics collection and storage system to add data warehousing capabilities and improve responsiveness.  Now handles 4 million metrics / minute from 4500+ servers.  Led team to start using TDD / Agile.  Created software and support systems in Python to store data in a MongoDB database and Memcache backend, and access it via Django / Graphite.  Did extensive analysis and optimization of configuration and code using MongoDB.  Environment:  Linux, Python, MongoDB, Twisted, Graphite, Ceres, Django, Memcache. 


Software Engineer, Nokia Corporation (Consultant)

8/2011 to 4/2012, 9 months


For the Navteq division of Nokia, created Python libraries used by Robot Framework test scripts.  Created complex scripts automating a test suite to exercise newly-developed Java code exposed via JMX and other non-Java backend components.  Environment:  Linux, Python, Perl, Windows 7 Python, Robot Testing Framework, JMX. 


Lead Trade Support Analyst, Citadel Corporation

6/2010 to 8/2011, 1 year


For a large hedge fund trading desk handling 6% of the U.S. Equities and Options market, developed and enhanced automation for trading desk applications and back-end systems.  Debugging, troubleshooting code handling FIX Protocol lines; monitoring, system support, and maintenance; designed and built automated systems to process and monitor trading systems.  Set up new FIX lines and certified new clients.  Rewrote compliance FINRA OATS processing of equities flow.  Designed and built several internal websites (Django and CGI), enhanced many pages.  Mostly coded in Perl and Python, heavy interaction with Sybase (DBD::Sybase), some ksh/bash shell scripting. 


Environment:  Linux, Python, Perl, Windows 7, Sybase, FIX, OATS, Django, ksh, bash, financials.


Senior Software Engineer / Architect, Textura Corporation

2/2005 to 5/2010, 5 years


For a construction industry documents- and payments-processing startup, was employee #5 (now over 85).  Designed and built sizeable portions of the application in a small team, working closely with business analysts.  Application has electronic document signing, ACH payments processing, and business portal functionality (B2B) in an ASP (application service provider) model.  Most of code is Python with some SQL. Development process highly Agile (weekly releases) using TDD (test-driven development).


·         Did architecture, design, and coding on many major feature deployments;

·         SQLObject & SQL Alchemy ORMs (like Hibernate) to PostgreSQL db, w/ complex SQL to highly optimize;

·         Heavy OO design, development, incl. business analysis, architecture, coding, data conversion, and deployments;

·         Fitnesse (functional) and Nose (unit) testing frameworks (similar to JUnit);

·         Apache / Python / Postgres; some Linux (Ubuntu and Redhat) system administration.


Lead Application Developer, BankOne/JPMorgan Chase (employee)       4/2002 to present, 3 years


For Bank One / JPM Chase Risk Management, Architected, developed, maintained Capital Markets risk financials data warehouse and reports website:

·         Architected, implemented,  40,000 lines of Perl plus 2000 lines of VBA/ Excel

·         Scanning, parsing, and loading to Sybase & Oracle from 350+ data sources across 12 BankOne and external departments.

·         Created financials reports for upper management (CEO, COO, senior VP's).

·         Some MS Visual Studio .NET C# code (wrote/maintained approx. 2000 lines).

·         Team eventually expanded to 5 developers; I continued as project architect.

·         Full product life cycle – Requirements, Architecture, development, QA, documentation,, maintenance, conversion, decommissioning.

·         Heavy SQL (Oracle, Sybase, MySQL); Capital markets greeks (delta, vega, rho, gamma).


Various other tasks:

·         MS.NET Users Group; helped push Open Source Linux / Perl Bank's mainstream, Mentored.

·         Architecture & development on several internal websites, incl. one w/ mod_perl Apache for sysadmin inventory control and workflow.


Environment: Solaris, Windows, Perl, Apache mod_perl, Sybase, Oracle, SQL,Excel VBA, C# .NET, PDF conversion, Win32 OLE, Siteminder, Capital Markets financials.


Important Note:  The next 16 job descriptions were consulting jobs, both as on a contract basis and as a full-time employee of various consulting firms.  These jobs vary in length from several months to about a year each.  


Consultant, UBS Warburg (Interactive Business Systems IBS), 4/2001 to 12/2001, 7 months.



For a major Swiss investment bank, was the lead developer for AuthSSO, a Single-Sign-On solution protecting bank external-facing internet sites.  Application was client/server 3-tier web architecture authentication and authorization engine written in OO Perl as a mod_perl Apache plug-in.



Also, implemented interconnection to UBS site from and, two major financial portals. Project was a UBS corporate standard; development was moved to London. Received merit prize & recognition at annual IT departmental meeting.


Environment: Perl, OO Perl, Apache mod_perl, cryptography, Sun Solaris, DBI::Sybase, SSO, International banking / financials, web security, authentication, networking.

Consultant, CNA Commercial Insurance (Maxim), 1/2001 to 4/2001, 3 months.


·         Configured, installed, and customized 3 Perl-based message board systems (WWWThreads, now BBThreads) for an internal corporate website. Configured Apache and Netscape web servers. Tied message board into Oracle and MySQL databases. Sysadmin work of compiling, installing various Perl modules (incl. DBI / DBD) on NT and HP/UX.  Meetings, business needs assessment, documentation.   

·         Programmed some small Java servlets using Borland JBuilder and Apache Jakarta Tomcat. Edited and rewrote documentation for another unrelated project.

·         Implemented a web-based file explorer for corporate document storage. Assisted with a variety of other website duties.


Environment: HP/UX, Perl, Apache, Java, Jakarta Tomcat, WWWThreads, DBI, DBD::Oracle, MySQL.

Consultant, Citadel Investments, Inc. (Synectics), 11/2000 to 12/2000, 2 months.


For a major hedge fund, attempted migration of many in-house C and C++ applications to a new compiler version.  The project failed because the 3rd party, purchased libraries these apps linked to were not yet capable of compilation under 64-bit Solaris and/or not being ready for the new compiler version. Target environment was a Sun Solaris 2.6 box, moving from Sun C++ 4.2 to Sun C++ Forte 6 update 1 (a.k.a Forte 5.2).  The 3rd party libraries were ACE, Roguewave, FFTW, and many others.  Documented and established clearly that tools were not compatible and project was not possible, saving client money.


Environment: Sun Solaris, NT, C++, RogueWave, ACE, FFTW, Korn shell script, Sun C++ 4.2, Sun Forte 6 compiler.

Consultant, Chicago Stock Exchange (Interactive Business Systems, Inc., IBS), 7/2000-11/2000, 4 mo.


For the clearing department of a major stock exchange, architected and implemented a data entry automation project. Replaced a laborious, fax-based process with secure FTP transfer and automated processing into their complex proprietary financial stock settlement system (the SIAC, DTC, DTCC / NSCC systems). Worked co-project manager, architect, developer, tester, etc. Approx. 6K lines Vax C code. Educated and assisted client re: network security, Secure FTP, and encryption tools (PGP). Program put into use and saved 1.5 full-time people's worth of work.


Environment: Vax VMS, VMS DCL, C, PGP, SIAC, DTC, DTCC, Financials, Stocks, clearinghouse operations, high reliability.

Consultant, Sears, Roebuck & Co. (Synectics), 9/1999 to 7/2000, 10 months.


Architected and implemented a software configuration management (SCM) plan for’s 20,000+ file Broadvision ecommerce website. This SCM solution tied PVCS version control to Lotus Notes problem tracking. Initially wrote 5,000 lines of Solaris/Unix Korn shell scripts; later, translated to about 5,000 lines of Perl with tests, error checking, monitoring, etc.


Environment: Solaris Unix, Perl, Korn shell script, Rsync, Marimba, SCM, Rational, CMM, website

Consultant, Van Kampen, Inc. (Intellimark), 8/1999 to 9/1999, 1 month.


Implemented a browser-cookie based session tracking (click-path) for using NSAPI (Netscape Application Programming Interface) calls in Sun Solaris C language. Quickly learned required material and implemented code. Accomplished task; was a quick job; code now in use.

Consultant, Sears, Roebuck (Intellimark & Acxiom), 1/1999 to 7/1999, 7 months.


Lead Systems Architect on a rearchitecture effort for their Sears’ credit card creditworthiness risk assessment processing system. Existing system was a combination flat-file database and 4-gl scripting language, was exceedingly slow and ill-featured. Prototyped; proved with benchmarking programs the new architecture would bring processing time down from over 13 hours to 8 minutes. Designed data mart / data warehouse for 100+ Terabyte system. Wrote conversion programs in C, the 4GL scripting language (‘DoD’, Data on Demand), Unix Korn shell script, SyncSort script, and Informix SQL. Some of these programs interacted with large, disparate data sources across the company and coordinated data import to the conversion system. Project was delayed by Y2K freeze, but employees used and finished it later.


ENVIRONMENT: Consulting, WinNT, Norbert DOD, Digital Compaq Unix, C, Syncsort, Y2K, conversion, Informix, VLDB.

Consultant, Interim Technology (in-house project), 7/1998 to 12/1998, 5 months.


For a brand-new hourly consulting division of Interim Technology, Inc., was technical project lead / Systems Architect.  Designed, did some implementation on web-based recruiting site and call center software for software contracting (passed further development off to a corporate development center in Florida).  R&D on voice recognition, streaming audio and video, database tie-in, telephony/call center tie-in, webspider/webrobot, web-based document publishing.  Designed website content, database work.  Full range technical HR questions – legalities, standards & practices.  Functionally became an expert in web-based recruiting. Budget was $50,000.  Coordinated with both external website graphics company and another internal development team implementing parts of the site.


ENVIRONMENT: Consulting; WinNT; HTML; JAVA; NETSCAPE; IE; MS Internet Information Server (IIS); SmartSpider; Net-it; NaturallySpeaking; RealVideo; Access; MS SQL Server.

Consultant, Kemper Insurance (Keane), 5/1998 to 7/1998, 3 months.


Programming and support for C / Unix / SQL insurance claim processing system; application was at end of life cycle (Y2K issue).


ENVIRONMENT: Consulting, WinNT, HP / UX Unix, Informix SQL, Korn shell scripting, Insurance industry.

Consultant, Ciber, Inc (in-house project), 3/1998 to 5/1998, 3 months.


Assisted with website development and graphics generation.


Environment: Consulting, HTML, Paint Shop Pro, Frontpage, Win NT.

Consultant, Borders Waldenbooks (Computer Task Group CTG, IBM), 10/1997 to 2/1998, 5 mo.


Design and development work on combo of and in-house Order Request/Tracking system. Middleware tied IBM’s Net.Commerce middleware to Legacy and new Client/Server systems.  Wrote about 7500 lines C and C++ code. Was responsible for the following:



ENVIRONMENT: Retail/Web; UNIX; AIX; C; C++; WINDOWS NT; Visual Studio; SQL, ODBC, DB2

Consultant, Iowa Student Loan Liquidity (CTG), 5/1997 to 9/1997, 5 months.


Designed and developed a student loan calculation program for student financial aid offices.  Fat client program (not web based).  Distributed via their website and on every desk of the Iowa State University (48K students) financial aid offices. Application developed using Visual Foxpro running on Windows 95. Developed GUI user interface, VB / Visual Foxpro scripts, architected and implemented complete application. Application used complex financial mathmatics for financials and loan calculcations, incl. Newton’s Method of Positive Positioning, was usable for any combination of loans and payment plans. Application rolled out successfully.



Consultant, Communications Data Services (CTG), 3/1997 to 5/1997, 3 months.


Designed and developed 50+ different magazine subscription ecommerce CGI web pages.  Pages were the publisher’s own ‘subscribe now’ links (very high traffic), including Men’s Health, The Upper Room, Playboy, Scientific American, and others.




Consultant, Microware [div. of Motorola] (CTG), 1/1997 to 3/1997, 3 months.


Designed and implemented complete QA unit testing regimen for Internet-based consumer electronics device. The device was a “grandmother-usable” telephone-like device that sends and retrieves email. The first production run was 100,000 units (thus excellent QA was vital). Created test plan, implemented, and documented complete process and application.


ENVIRONMENT: Software Development; QA; TCP/IP; POP3 email; PPP; UNIX.

Consultant, Systemed Pharmacy, Inc. [div. Merc / Medco] (CTG), 6/1996 to 1/1997, 8 months


For a Fortune 25 pharmaceutical corporation, created programs necessary for business reports and data conversion necessary to support a plant closure. Provided daytime production support of assembly line software.


ENVIRONMENT: Pharmaceutical; Powerhouse; VAX/VMS, Cobol, SQL, C, Vax RDB.

Consultant, Equitable of Iowa Insurance (CTG), 4/1996 to 6/1996, 3 months.


For an insurance company, analyzed the Voice Response Unit (VRU) financial application data and modified supporting applications. Designed and developed the Voice Response Unit.



Software Engineer, Croyle & Assoc. (employee), 5/1995 to 11/1995, 6 months.


For a telecommunications firm, designed and developed telephone switching software to route calls through a call center’s VRU. The software was a Client/Server design interacting with VISUAL BASIC client, telecommunications business knowledge base, inter-process communications and multithreaded.



Software Engineer, Compressor Controls (employee), 7/1993 to 5/1995, 2 years


For an industrial controls corporation, designed and developed gas pipeline pump control software used at 5,000+worldwide locations. The gas pipeline pump control software was developed in real-time in a heavily scientific environment.



ENVIRONMENT: Industrial Controls; C; EMBEDDED SYSTEMS; REAL-TIME; Tlib; Petrochemical industry; Version control; PVCS; Windows.

Software Technician, Logicon Technical Services & US Army War College (employee), 6/1992 to 7/1993, 1 year


For a military contractor, designed, developed, and provided production support for complex U.S. Army battle simulation (war-fighter game) software.



ENVIRONMENT: Military; C; VAX/VMS; Vax DCL and RDB, various VMS utilities and functions.

Programmer, Intern Programmer, Lawson Associates / Lawson Software, Inc. (employee), Summer 1991, 1/1990 to 1/1991, and Summer 1989, 18 months.


For a well-known vertical-market business software developer, created a data entry application for financials (Accounts Payable) distributed processing. PARADOX was used to gather data and perform preliminary validation. Wrote user and technical manuals and provided training.


ENVIRONMENT: Financials; Accounts Payable; C; PARADOX; PAL.

Developer Intern, Analysts International Corp. AIC (employee), Summer 1987 Summer 1986 , 6 months.


Software testing and QA projects on Corvet Project, a 1.5 Million line Cobol app that generated stand-alone Cobol programs on multiple platforms.


ENVIRONMENT: QA, adversarial testing, Cobol, application generator

CLIENT LIST: / (Sears Holdings, Inc.)
Nokia / Navteq Corporation
Citadel Corporation

Textura Corporation (formerly Textura, LLC)

Bank One / JPMChase, Inc.
UBS Warburg, Inc.
CNA Commercial Insurance, Inc.
Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.
Citadel Investments, Inc.
Synectics, Inc.
Interactive Business Systems, Inc. (IBS)
Acxiom, Inc.
Sears, Roebuck, and Co.
Intellimark, Inc.
Interim Technology, Inc.
Interim IT Associates, Inc.
Keane Inc.
Kemper Insurance Co.
Computer Task Group, Inc.
Borders Waldenbooks, Inc.
IBM (subcontracted)
Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corp.
Communications Data Services, Inc.
Maxim Group, Inc.
Microware, Inc.
SysteMed Pharmacy
Merc/Medco Pharmaceuticals
Equitable of Iowa Insurance
Croyle and Associates, Inc.
Compressor Controls Corp.
Logicon Data Services, Inc.
Lawson Software, Inc.
Analysts International Corp.


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