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The resume of developer Chris Wiegman

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I am a technology professional with experience leading teams and projects to successful completion across a variety of industries. With a focus on people I have built tools, trained, mentored and lead teammates and given back to various communities with a goal of ensuring the entire community can do their best work.

Professional Experience

Senior Software Engineer

WP Engine - Sep 2018 - Present

  • Design an implement products and solutions to improve the performance and usability of eCommerce sites on the WP Engine platform.
  • Build scalabable microservices, WordPress plugins and other projects with languages including PHP, GoLang, Pyhton, Ruby, JavaScript and more.
  • Manage project build pipelines and workflow with technologies such as Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, Helm, Jenkins, Google and Amazon cloud services and numerous others.
  • Build WP Engine's DevKit local development environment throughout the lifespan of the product.
  • Helped build WP Engine's relationship with the WordPress developer community through speaking, writing and related advocacy.
  • Assisted in the hiring and training of new team members through code reviews, interviews and mentoring engineers throughout the organization.
  • Served as the teams "agile advocate" to help facilitate and organize projects and other work through the use of Agile techniques and the Scrum framework.

Senior Web Developer

University of Florida - Sep 2016 - Sep 2018

  • Maintained and improved the organization's many websites across both WordPress and Drupal platforms.
  • Helped scale team workflow with tools such as CI and other automated tools to improve security and performance of all web properties.
  • Built various tools in Laravel and various other technologies for use throughout the organization.
  • Built and maintained a Vagrant configuration using puppet to replicate the specific nuances and configuration of our production servers.

Senior Web Engineer

10up - Feb 2015 - Sep 2016

  • Contributed in the building of enterprise level WordPress solutions such as ElasticPress for internal and client use.
  • Provided support and guidance for clients such as Brightcove and others.
  • Developed project estimates and other documentation for use in planning, execution and further development of client projects.
  • Promoted 10up and gave back to the WordPress community by speaking throughout the US on WordPress and related topics.

Developer - Dec 2013 - Feb 2015

  • Converted Better WP Security to iThemes Security and launched a companion pro version.
  • Guided the development of iThemes Security support and related areas.
  • Helped manage the growth of the project with the addition of team members providing services such as design and support.

Senior Developer

Springbox - Apr 2013 - Nov 2013

  • Developed websites and solutions for national brands such as Nestle, The Air Force Academy and others.
  • Furthered the use of WordPress internally with training and other education while utilizing the platform in numerous sites and projects.
  • Developed internal infrastructure including development and production servers, deployment systems and supporting systems.
  • Led the developer intern program helping college students gain valuable agency experience.

Adjunct Faculty - Computer Science

St. Edward's University - Aug 2012 - Dec 2013

  • Taught an Introduction to Computer Science Course as well as an advanced course on computer security.
  • As an adjunct I was awarded my own course in computer security during my first semester teaching.

Web Developer

St. Edward's University - Jan 2012 - Apr 2013

  • Developed university websites in Drupal, PHP and other technologies.
  • Worked with a close, professional team to present solutions to further university goals.
  • Participated in projects ranging from marketing to identity management.

Developer, Blogger, Owner

Bit51 - May 2003 - Nov 2013

  • Developed the Better WP Security plugin which, at the time of its sale, was one of the most popular plugins on
  • Created the Better Google Tasks Chrome Extension which received accolades from users including Matt Cutts.
  • Developed other WordPress plugins and Chrome Extensions.
  • Built sites for small clients in WordPress and Drupal.
  • Helped give back to the community with blogging and speaking.
  • Hired and managed a team of professionals to provide customer service to users of Better WP Security.

LAN Systems Specialist

Southern Illinois University - Aug 1998 - Jan 2012

  • Took SIU Aviation from a mostly paper based organization to one utilizing over 400 computers and servers supporting faculty, staff and students.
  • Developed the departmental web infrastructure in Drupal and WordPress which grew to contain over 10,000 pages.
  • Hired, trained and supervised a team consisting of student workers and graduate assistants utilized in helping efforts in marketing and user support.
  • Guided the department in all areas of technology as a member of the department's advisory panel.
  • Gave back to the rest of the university community in time and expertise in matters related to website development and digital marketing.

Captain/Training Captain

Pacific Wings Airlines - Nov 2005 - Nov 2006

  • Transported passengers and cargo throughout the Hawaiian islands as a captain in charge of my aircraft, crew and fare.
  • Trained new captains and first officers on procedures relating to the Cessna 208 aircraft utilized by the company.
  • Guided and mentored new pilots throughout their initial operating experience with the airline.

Pilot/Flight Instructor

Northern Illinois Flight Center - Aug 2004 - Oct 2005

  • Transported owners and clients on Citation and Falcon business jets.
  • Taught individuals how to fly in pursuit of their private and commercial pilot's licenses as well as toward instrument ratings.
  • Helped new aircraft owners transition to their planes for the company's Cessna dealership.

Flight Instructor

Southern Illinois University - Sep 2001 - May 2003

  • Taught students of the university's aviation program from private pilot to certified flight instructor.

Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) - Jan 2021
  • A+ Certified - Jul 1997
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument (CFI-I) - Jul 2020
  • FAA Commercial Pilot - ASEL, AMEL - Jun 2001


M.S. Computer Science

B.S. Aviation Management

Speaking Engagements

Other Activities

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