Shawn provides essential support for the ARVE research group (2010-present), managing the pollen, climate and population databases, solving any problems related to the software, hardware or network. He also develops simple web-applications.
Shawn surveys the reliability and security of the hardware & software, performs backup & maintenance tasks, develops the website, wikis & web-applications, keeps an eye on the SAN filesystem, resolves network-issues with TCP/IP DNS and DHCP, debugs shell-scripts, and contributes where he can to the environmental modeling applications (R, Fortran). In his spare time, he manages the social-media presence (FB/TW/YT) for promoting ARVE activities and performing public outreach.
Originally from Canada, born in 1968, Shawn completed a double-honours degree (BSc in ‘Computer-Science’ and ‘Combinatorics & Optimization’ 1990) at the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo. Six years later, at the EPFL while teaching the 1st-year course Introduction to Networks and Protocols, he published his doctoral thesis (PhD in Computer-Science ). He then became 1st assistant in the Electrical Engineering Dept. at EPFL working on telecommunication-architectures with Alcatel/Orange/Siemens, developed relational databases at Charles Veillon S.A., worked on e-government applications (civilian and military) at Networkers S.A., performed system-administration/teaching/web-development at the World Health Organization collaborating center GFMER in Geneva, worked independently developing a few iOS applications in Objective-C, and finally returned to the EPFL and UNIL to do database-support, IT-support, and trouble-shooting.