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STEPHANIE ALARCÓN

steph@stephalarcon.org

Philadelphia, PA

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Experienced Unix sysadmin, strong ties to open source and hackerspace communities and technical education. Great at teaching and demystifying tech, organizing projects and getting enthusiastic buy-in.

SKILL SUMMARY

Devops tools and cultural practices, Linux administration, config management, LXC, VMWare, Nagios, Kubernetes, Prometheus, Ansible

WORK EXPERIENCE

Measurement Lab technologist, Open Technology Institute (New America Foundation), 6/2014 – 5/2017

  • Part of system management/devops team managing a worldwide fleet of 300 servers for open data Internet performance measurement project. Relevant technologies: CentOS, vservers, DRAC/ipmi management, Ansible, Nagios, homegrown tools in Python and bash. Lead major fleet upgrade and expansion. Tested stack conversion to Docker/Kubernetes/Prometheus.

  • Effective public outreach at conferences and meetings with partners in Latin America and Europe.

  • Worked remotely from Philadelphia and Berlin with global team clustered in Washington DC, New York, and Mountain View.

Intern, Open Technology Institute (New America Foundation), 1/2013 – 4/2013

  • Selected for internship through the GNOME Foundation Outreachy Program

  • Integrate Tor anonymizing software into Commotion wireless mesh networking platform

  • Develop and test potential use cases for activists and communities

Systems Administrator, University of PA Libraries (ITaDD), 9/2008 – 12/2012

  • Supported core Library functions including catalogs, online courseware, web servers, databases in heterogeneous legacy environment.

  • Performed audit of all server room resources for consolidation. Coordinated selection and commissioning of new SAN and tape library. Implemented internal DNS, internal network design and firewall changes. Proposed infrastructure upgrades for efficient energy and hardware use.

  • Implemented automated OS installation using PXE, kickstart, Cobbler, local YUM server. Upgraded from RHEL 4 to 5. Assisted with migration from VMware 2.5 and 3.5 to vSphere.

Systems Administrator, University of PA School of Medicine (ITMAT), 9/2005 – 8/2008

  • Supported developers, PIs, and bench scientists in proteomics research across several labs. Managed server-related hardware, OS, network, security, backups, applications, and purchasing decisions. Sole administrator for department’s server hardware and OS from 9/2005 – 12/2007.

  • Migrated fleet from SLES (Suse) to RHEL, designing for automated OS installation and configuration.

  • Participated in Strategies for Green IT at Penn 2008 evaluation team and organized Storage-SIG team for shared storage and clusters.

Independent computer security contractor and media consultant, 1/2005 – 8/2005

  • Performed security audits for large managed services provider and implemented improvements for compliance with FFIEC and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.

  • Performed audio engineering, production, editing, and reporting as volunteer with AMARC (Association Mondiale des Radiodiffuseurs Communautaires/World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters) for on-site coverage of the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Performed services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Senior System/Security Administrator, Sungard Availability Services, 7/2000 – 1/2005

  • Installed, administered, secured, and ensured maximum uptime for production UNIX servers (Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Linux) in large data center. Accommodated diverse customers, from large financial clients, to government agencies, to small dot-coms, with excellent customer service and administrative follow-up. Acted as lead Unix engineer on numerous complex implementations.

  • Developed industry-strength security standards and SOPs for Solaris, AIX, Linux and HP-UX and implemented OS security in compliance with FFIEC, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, and internal audit regulations. Part of team that brought company’s FFIEC rating up 1 level in 3 months.

  • Performed disaster recovery operations in test and real system-down situations.

System Administrator, Bluestone Consulting, 3/1998 – 7/2000

  • Administered, installed, configured, maintained, automated and troubleshot systems, software, backups, mail servers, and firewalls in a mixed computing environment consisting of Linux, Solaris, SunOS and Windows, on a wide variety of hardware.

  • Installed and maintained enterprise software, performed extensive Y2K testing, managed tape backups including capacity planning, performed code audits for production control.

Courseware Editor, Bluestone Software, Inc., 10/1996 – 1/1998

  • Digitally recorded and edited technical courses for Distance Learning products. Tested and debugged example code. Supported Curriculum Manager, gave extensive editorial input. Installed/configured many software suites on Solaris and Windows.

PAST PROJECTS

Organizer, The Hacktory (hackerspace and tech ed.) 2011-2013

Board of Directors, Hive76 (hackerspace/workshop) 2010-2011

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2015/16 Presented M-Lab and Internet Measurement at Internet Freedom Festival, Valencia Spain, and LACNIC, Lima, Peru

2013, Women’s History in the Digital World, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Early Findings from “Hacking the Gender Gap”

2012, Women In Tech Summit, Philadelphia, PA and Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE), New York, NY. Hacking the Gender Gap workshop

August 2011, Chaos Communication Camp, Finofurt, Germany. There’s Gold In Them Circuit Boards: Why E-Waste Recycling Is Smart and How to Make It Smarter

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2011. Master of Environmental Studies, focus on Urban Environment. See stephalarcon.org/capstone

University of Pittsburgh, 1993-1997. Bachelor of Arts (cum laude), English Writing, Certificate in Latin American Studies

SANS/GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), 2003