James Nicholas Sears
63 Wall St. #2304
New York, NY 10005-3018
Phone available upon email request

Ten years of design and development experience in academic and professional environments. Have expertise working with Unix/Linux, Macintosh, and Windows operating systems, developing with Java, Processing, C/C++, Ruby on Rails, JSP/Java Servlets, PHP, Perl, MySQL, HTML, CSS and other technologies. Have strong hardware and firmware engineering skills and the ability to quickly learn new skills and adapt to new situations. Possess excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications and presentation skills. Equally able working independently or as a team player, with the ability to contribute to teams both in participatory and leadership roles.

Employment History
Self Employed, New York, NY
Technology Consultant
2007 - Present

Working for a wide variety of clients on a broad range of tasks such as electronic hardware design for installation art, UI design and client-side Javascript development, and server-side Ruby on Rails application design and development, while maintaining promotion and development of personal projects.

Pentagram, New York, NY
Visual/Interactive Design, Software Development
2006 - 2007

Worked in collaboration with a a small team of Pentagram staff to design and develop content for a large-scale system of multimedia displays to be installed in a new high-rise office building for Morningstar in Chicago, IL

Worked in collaboration with a lead member of Pentagram staff to create a data visualization for the New York Times, featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine on December 3, 2006, with other snapshots featured within the story.

DragonFly Athletics, Tuscaloosa, AL
Hardware Design, Firmware Development
2006 - 2007

Designed hardware and firmware for a custom remote control and base station to be used with DragonFly's proprietary video conferencing software.

Ta-da Inc., New York, NY
Lead Developer, Visual/Interactive Design
2006 - 2007

Worked in collaboration with a small team of designers and developers to create a platform targeting mobile phones for marketing campaigns and other promotional purposes.

Worked on outside client work, designing and developing various web-based solutions for clients including David Blaine, Studio IMC, and the Nokia-sponsored Come Out and Play Festival.

Organic Resource Management, Inc., St. Louis, MO
Software / Hardware Design, IT Management, Sales
1997 - 2005

Independently developed a complete software / hardware package to handle the corporation's sales and accounts receivable.

Developed a microcontroller based process temperature monitoring system, built for extended battery life and to resist harsh conditions.

Designed other computer and electronic systems, including a photo tagging system, payroll management software, and a DC-DC switching voltage regulator.


Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Unix/Linux, Windows XP/2000/98
Desktop Languages: Java, C/C++, Processing, various assembly languages
Internet Languages: Ruby on Rails, JSP/Java Servlets, PHP, Perl, HTML, CSS, Flash/Actionscript
Database: SQL/MySQL
Hardware: Digital and Analog Circuit Design, Printed Circuit Board Design, Microcontroller Firmware Development (C and Assembly), Prototyping
Design/Production: Photoshop, Illustrator, Rhino, AutoCAD, Audio/Video recording/editing

Strong creative presence. Excellent problem solving, analytical, and mathematical ability. Able to quickly learn new technologies and techniques. Strong interpersonal, written, verbal and presentation skills. Comfortable working both independently and as a member of a strong team.


Master of Professional Studies, Interactive Telecommunications Program, 2007
New York University, New York, NY

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, 2002
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Affiliations and Awards

Exhibited The Orb (http://orb.jamesnsears.com/) and spoke at TED2007 in Monterey, CA.

The Orb (http://orb.jamesnsears.com/) displayed at the 2006 Interactive Telecommunications Program Winter Show at New York University, SIGGRAPH2007, and WIRED NextFest 2007.

City Streets, Northern Lights presented at 2006 Interactive Telecommunications Program Spring Show at New York University and is currently on display at NYU's Kimmel Center.

GSPS: GumSpots Positioning System featured at 2005 Interactive Telecommunications Program Winter Show at New York University, O'Reilly Where 2.0 2006 in San Jose, CA, and at Innovation Lab's NEXT 2006 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Instructor's award winner (2002) for best senior design project in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for High Power Bass Amplifier.

Mensa member — 20 years.