Joshua R. Birnbaum
email: jrbirnba at
7154 Celome Court
San Diego, CA 92129-4550

Not currently seeking anything.

University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, College of Engineering
B.S. Computer Engineering degree earned with High Honors, May 2002, GPA 3.82/4.0
M.S. Electrical Engineering degree earned May 2003, GPA 3.9/4.0

New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois
Graduated May, 1998. Honor Roll each semester.
Awarded the principal's book award junior year for extracurricular activities.
National Merit Commended Student, AP Scholar with Honor, and Illinois State Scholar.


Dec 03- ViaSat Inc., San Diego
Member of Technical Staff, Embedded Infosec Systems-

Development of network security devices.
Aug 02-May 03 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department-

Assisted in the teaching of an advanced networking lab class. Responsibilities included updating assignments concerning networking and the Linux kernel, helping students, and grading.
May-Aug 02 Motorola, Illinois and Arizona locations
Hardware Engineering Intern, Commercial, Government, and Industrial Solutions Sector-

Designed and tested hardware used in the control of public safety and other private radio networks.
June-Aug 01 Software Engineering Intern, Internet Content and Software Group-

Worked with the integration team for the Motorola Voice Platform, automating installation tasks and writing a source code utility to assist with the software build process.
May-Aug 00 Engineering Intern, Global Telecom Solutions Sector-

Investigated support issues resulting from the tremendous growth in cellular infrastructure implementations to support customer satisfaction initiatives.
Aug 99-May 00 Hendrick Dorms Inc., Urbana, IL
Network Manager-

Worked with the Network Administrator running a 300-node dorm network. Made hardware recommendations as needed, and configured staff and lab machines.
June-Aug 98
Dec-Jan 99
PEER Bearing Company, Wheeling, IL
Computer Technician-

Assisted the Senior Network Engineer with a rollout of a 140-seat Windows NT network. Worked with NT Server, Exchange, Lotus Notes, and helped with Baan ERP implementation. Additionally, we upgraded the network backbone to 100MBps Ethernet, provided user training for Mac users moving to NT, and moved to a uniform software distribution for all users. Over winter break, implemented Microsoft's Systems Management Server, Compaq's Insight Manager, and NT4 SP4.
May 95- JRB Home Page, Ltd.

I run my own computer consultant company, which has provided services to Prodigy, among others. Primary work is writing web pages and providing Windows expertise.
March 96-May 98 New Trier High School, Winnetka, IL
Technical Assistant-

Helped maintain the school's primary computer lab, providing user support on a daily basis.

Internet Systems Manager-

Setup and ran the student email server and the school's webserver. Software used included SCO Unix, Linux, FreeBSD, and WebSTAR. Worked with academic departments to train faculty on writing web pages. Almost all departments and many clubs now have a presence on the school's web site.

Network Manager-

Worked with the school's network administrator on organizing and configuring a network, working with Novell NetWare. Designed fiber backbone layout including placement of switches as part of a move to a 100MBps backbone.

Summer Technician-

Worked two summers providing technical assistance. Configured Windows NT computers for lab use. Worked with the inventory control specialist on implementing new inventory procedures. Helped troubleshoot hardware and network problems, and troubleshooted software problems in the school's CAD lab.
April 94- Prodigy Communications Corporation
Interest Group Moderator-

For two years, ran web pages that provided a starting point for users looking for help with Windows related problems.

Chat Host-

Moderate a weekly chat session, helping users with their Windows support questions.

Member Representative-

Respond to users asking for help on the Windows Bulletin Board and ensure that any problem situations are dealt with.
October 94- Microsoft Corporation
Operating System Technical Beta Tester-

Test Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. For the Windows 95 beta test, I was selected as one of the top testers and invited to attend the launch event in Redmond.
Jan-March 94 World Book, Inc.
New Illustrated Information Finder Beta Tester-

Beta tested the CD-ROM edition of the World Book Encyclopedia. Also assisted a computer teacher in having the student body test the product in the school's library.
Experience with Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, MacOS 7.x, MacOS 8.x, Linux, SCO Unix. Strong troubleshooting skills on both Windows and Mac platforms.
Applications used include Microsoft Office, Lotus 1-2-3, WordPerfect, AutoCAD, WebSTAR.

Krannert Center Student Association (KCSA)-

KCSA is a volunteer organization at the University of Illinois, supporting the performing arts center with ushers, tour guides, and technical staff. I served on the board for two years, running the organization's computer systems.


Lagniappe/Potpourri is a student organization at New Trier High School responsible for an annual comedic show. For the 1996 school year, I served as Business Manager. Responsibilities included overseeing a budget in excess of $15,000, and processing ticket orders. For the 1997 school year, I was Co-Chairman, a management position overseeing the work of the Lagniappe/Potpourri Board and all staffs and crews. Almost 100 students are involved with the show on an annual basis.

References available upon request.

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