Jeff Brown


Linux Administrator

Highly self-motivated to continually improve skills in the field of computing.

Proven programming experience working with several languages.

Quick learner.

Professional Skills






Software Development




(309) 255-2034

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Masters of Science, Computer Science

Western Illinois University

May 2011

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

Western Illinois University

December 2004

Work experience

Western Illinois University

Research and Instructional Consultant

May 2012 - Present
This position is responsible for the administration, installation, and maintenance of the z/VM and Linux enterprise system. Moreover, this position has complete responsibility over all of the z/VM Linux virtual machines, which includes monitoring the guest operating systems and their subsystems to maintain a smooth and efficient environment for all types of users. This is accomplished by maintaining current systems software, installing, testing, customizing and debugging new software, monitoring and tuning system performance, resolving problems as they arise, evaluating and making system software improvements and providing instruction and training for all of the user community.
Other Duties:
  • Aid in the administration and maintenance of Unix System Services on z/OS.
  • Installation and maintenance of several Linux virtual machines (CentOS, SuSE, etc) on VMware.
  • Write custom scripts/websites in PHP, bash, and python.
  • Config management with Chef.
  • ETL design and Data Warehousing with the Pentaho suite.
  • Manage Data Warehouse RDMS on PostgreSQL and DB2 LUW.

Notable Accomplishments:
  • Converted systems to open source with significant cost savings per fiscal year.
  • University Technology Employee of the Month

Western Illinois University

Applications Programmer II

July 2006 - April 2012
  • Performed daily programming changes and maintenance in COBOL.
  • Wrote custom JCL for jobs.
  • Consulted with users to implement program changes and problem-solving measures based on needs assessment
  • Tracked program changes and relayed information in a user-friendly manner
  • Wrote complex SQL queries
  • Assisted colleagues on programming procedures

Special Projects

Management Web Application for Business Intelligence Project

Sole Developer

July 2016 - Present
Project Details:
  • Manage LDAP users/groups
  • Download/remove interactive and analysis schema files from servers
  • Download reports from servers
  • Deploy updated code by Tag to appropriate server for ETL jobs
  • View scheduled ETLs
  • Run code tests against branches in development

IT Governance Project Enhancements

Sole Developer

July 2015 - Present
Project Details:
  • Wrote custom PHP to create PDFs of history from an IT Governance issue for council viewing
  • Daily email of PDF report for purchasing to make intelligent decisions
  • Automated quarterly email to announce upcoming IT Governance Council meeting and agenda

REST API for Mainframe Data

Sole Developer

July 2017 - Present
Project Details:
  • Wrote custom PHP REST API to allow access to mainframe data
  • Interfaces with LDAP to decide permissions on whether data can be accessed
  • Provided a way to get up to the minute data instead of daily

Professional Organizations

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Spring 2010


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