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The resume of developer Chris Wiegman

Chris Wiegman | email

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

Professional Experience

Engineering Manager

WP Engine - Dec 2021 - Present

  • Lead the Faust.js team to build a robust framework to make headless development with WordPress easy and accessible.
  • Drove Faust.js through a change in mission and technology to ensure it becomes the de-facto standard for headless WordPress development.
  • Built and managed a team of 5 engineers who worked directly on Faust.js and related code.
  • Sponsored the company's internship program for high school and college interns in engineering.

Senior Software Engineer

WP Engine - Sep 2018 - Nov 2021

  • Helped launch the Atlas Content Modeler WordPress plugin to improve the content editing experience for headless developers
  • 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.
  • Served as a mentor for employees looking to level-up on various skills used in WP Engine's engineering organization.

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.
  • Managed lesson plans, coursework and FAA records for a variety of students each semester.

Certifications and Licenses

  • Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) - Jan 2021
  • A+ Certified - Jul 1997
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument (CFI-I) - Jul 2022
  • FAA Commercial Pilot - ASEL, AMEL - Jun 2001


M.S. Computer Science

B.S. Aviation Management

Speaking Engagements

Other Activities

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