The California Academy of Sciences
One of the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens.
Web @ The California Academy of Sciences | 2011 - 2014
My work at the California Academy of Sciences touched many aspects of the organization from the core business needs to more mission driven directives.
I lead technical decision making during the 2014 rebuild of www.calacademy.org. As domain expert on the choice of platform, I worked closely with multifunctional teams across an array of departments to deliver a site that completely modernized the web platforms for the organization. My work in this project was multifaceted and included technical management, web development, deployment architecture, revenue platforms, support of scientific research and education initiatives, security and caching. The new site successfully launched in October of 2014.
In 2014, the museum also sought to modernize its aquarium displays from static screens to interactive tablets. I worked closely with the exhibition and design departments to deliver an easy to update web-based platform that now drives and manages hundreds of tablets and signage throughout the museum.
When I arrived at the organization in 2011 the ticketing software was in need of an update. Working closely with IT and various departmental stakeholders I updated and modernized the software making it more secure and responsive in the process. This software was used by thousands of people every year driving millions of dollars in revenue for the organization.