Visual Basic, Joomla, VirtueMart, Drupal, JQuery, Prototype, Lightbox, UNIX shell ... custom JQuery slider, integrated fonts, various popups and overlays, CSS 3.
BENJAMIN MORSS EDUCATION UC Davis – PhD in Music Composition Dissertation on melody in rock music. Harvard University, B.A. in Computer Science with Breadth in Music, magna cum laude For honors thesis, created original software that generates melodies.
Web Developer - Freelance For Neal Baer and associates, I am building a demo for ActionLab, a site featuring customized JQuery drag-and-drop, a custom-skinned HTML 5 video player, custom JQuery slider, integrated fonts, various popups and overlays, CSS 3 scaling, and other HTML 5 features. For Sherman Advertising, I am building a new customized Drupal-based site. For Modus Associates, I created a new home page featuring a slideshow containing live links. For Conversation, I restored a Facebook application built upon a Joomla/VirtueMart customization whose files another developer had accidentally overwritten. Made numerous further changes to the app. For Conversation, I created Pink Pledge site for Dressbarn where women can upload photos and create profiles, including backend file management system and advanced UI features such as AJAX uploading, incremental search, and a Facebook-style live feed.
2008-2011 Web Developer - The Plum Group
Sole back-end and front-end developer on various projects integrating automated telephony and web interfaces, including administration facilities and automatic code generation. Designed MySQL databases, created and tested user interfaces.
BENJAMIN MORSS database for administration UI using JQuery framework. Created XML schema for callflows and PHP script to generate VoiceXML from them.
Built telephone-based applications for banking and healthcare clients in VoiceXML and PHP, leveraging SOAP and REST webservices to access external data
Built PHP-based system integrating REST webservices to allow callers to receive real-time transcriptions of spoken utterances texted to a cell phone.
Web Developer - Freelance
Web Developer - PeekYou
Sole front-end and back-end developer on project integrating social networking with Google custom search, creating web spiders to gather information from search engines in real time. Used PHP in conjunction with Smarty templates.
2005-2007 Assistant Professor - Concordia College
Created and won faculty approval for new courses in a new music curriculum. Designed and secured funding for new Macintosh-based production studio. Independently organized classes and activities for hundreds of students. Served on numerous planning and admissions committees.
1998-2003 Systems Analyst - Center for Delinquency and Crime Policy Studies
Created a database in SPSS to track data on thousands of high school students, was solely responsible for merging and analysis. Innovated new ways to manipulate SPSS data with Visual Basic variants and Excel’s Visual Basic, automated numerous tasks, and was soon doing my job plus that of a statistician in half the allotted time. Traveled throughout California to train data collectors.
Musician Relevant skills: leading complex projects with multiple goals and deadlines, organizing teams, motivating colleagues, working collaboratively, marketing
Composed musical based on the Angelina Ballerina book and television series for Vital Theatre and HIT Entertainment. Played on Cake’s platinum-selling album Prolonging the Magic. Played and recorded with groups such as Wheatus and Josh Joplin. With the groundbreaking ensemble Infinite Orchestra, I created a unique style that crossed classical, pop, jazz, dance, and theater elements, culminating in a 2008 ASCAP showcase outside Lincoln Center. With Onward Chariots, I achieved international recognition with two European tours and a record on the storied Spanish pop label Elefant Records. In Sacpop project, galvanized and organized the Sacramento community to produce a critically acclaimed series of compilation CDs and live shows. Collaborated with bookwriters, lyricists, directors, and producers to create two musicals, both of which have toured nationally and are now published by Samuel French
Past IT experience Interleaf, QA Consultant Berkeley Speech Technologies, Software Engineer Microsoft, QA and Developer Intern Harvard University, Systems Programmer and User Assistant