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"You don't take a photograph, you make it. " ~ Ansel Adams

Derek Quessenberry


Senior Software Engineer, Monster Worldwide, 2010-present
  • Lead mobile and front-end developer for
  • Helped develop’s iPhone and iPad app.
  • Pioneered HTML5 mobile web technologies, including the introduction of the jQuery Mobile framework.
  • Designed and implemented’s Javascript Widget technology
  • Experience with splicing PhotoShop design comps and writing CSS stylesheets for the UI designs.
  • Experience with Fatwire content management system.
  • Wrote numberous jQuery plugins to use across
  • Worked with a team to build geolocation services such as a nearby directory of contacts, local events, news, and forums for military installations across the world.
Software Engineer, The Boeing Company, 2004-2010
  • Designed and developed large web applications for uses in military aircraft sustainability, request for proposal workflow systems, collaboration tools, portal applications, and a internal large file email communication system.
  • Lead development for numerous multi-million dollar projects
  • Passionate advocate of rich UI design concepts.
  • Championed the use of AJAX, various modern JS libraries, and front end technologies at Boeing
  • Creator, designer, and team lead for the design and development of Boeing’s “Common Look and Feel” (CLAF) framework.
  • Wrote complex JavaScript functions to perform interactive capabilities on large hierarchal data metrics.
  • SQL optimization experience with large data sets. One task was to increase speed of large LDAP synchronizations that took 24-36 hours, was able to optimize to 7-15 minutes.
  • Created Gmail AJAX like features for internal large file sharing email communication system.
  • Researched new technologies on the side and held educational lectures to developers at Boeing.
  • Worked directly with multiple customers concerning requirements and design concepts.
  • Systems engineering and architecture experience.
  • Conducted in-depth benchmarking case study on various IT tools used by Boeing, saving the company several thousands of dollars per year in costs and performance loss.
  • Active participant and named expert in Boeing’s internal knowledge sharing social site to answer technical question particularly in Java, front-end development, and SQL.
  • Mentored two summer interns and two new employees.


Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
  • Graduation Date: May 2004 (GPA: 3.91/4.00)
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Emphasis in Object Oriented Programming
  • Minor in Economics
Washington University, Saint Louis
  • Studied Master’s courses in Information Management
  • Three courses shy of Master’s degree


Software Engineering
  • Expert knowledge of jQuery, jQueryMobile, HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, AJAX, DHTML, Java, J2EE, Struts and Tiles, Hibernate, Spring, Servlets, JSP, JSTL, JSON, XML, SQL, MySQL, ANT, JDBC, Apache Tomcat, JBOSS, CVS, SVN, Quartz, cross browser functionality, MVC Architecture, System Analysis and Design, Database design, and Agile methodologies
  • Experience with Ruby, Rails, PHP, Objective-C, iPhone SDK, xCode, Interface Builder, Scriptaculous, Moo Tools, Prototype, Oracle databases, PL/SQL, XSL, JUnit, UML, Oracle BPM, BPEL, TOAD, Plumtree, JIRA, and Technical Writing
  • Extensive experience with Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe Bridge post processing technologies
  • Experience shooting long exposure, night photography, and low light photography
  • Experience with wedding, event, and session based photography

Awards and Recognition

Software Engineering
  • Boeing’s Outstanding Achiever Award for outstanding in Information Technology.
  • Certificate of Recognition at Boeing for graphical user interface design.
  • Ten various Boeing Pride Awards
  • Finalists in 7×7’s 75th year anniversary Golden Gate Bridge Photo Contest
  • Undergraduate Dean’s List: 8 semesters; Graduated with honors
  • Beta Gamma Sigma – Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Global Leadership Diploma of Achievement (UN Summit at New York City)
  • MSU Leadership Scholarship, MSU Economics Scholarship, Don L. Calame Scholarship