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## Chris Wiegman

[chriswiegman.com](https://chriswiegman.com/) | [Contact Me](mailto:contact@chriswiegman.com)

## Professional Experience

### Senior Software Engineer

**[WP Engine](https://wpengine.com)** - _Sep 2018 - Present_

* Building tools to help local developers succeed on the WP Engine platform and with WordPress in general.
* Form and execute a strategy to better engage WordPress developers using GoLang, Docker, PHP, TypeScript, React and other technologies.
* Helped build WP Engine's relationship with the WordPress developer community through speaking, writing and related advocacy.

### Senior Web Developer

**[University of Florida](https://ufhealth.org)** - _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](http://10up.com)** - _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

**[iThemes.com](http://ithemes.com)** - _Dec 2013 - Feb 2015_

* Converted Better WP Security to [iThemes Security](https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/) and launched a companion [pro version](https://ithemes.com/security).
* Guided the development of iThemes Security support and related areas.

### Senior Developer

**[Springbox](http://www.springbox.com)** - _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](http://www.stedwards.edu)** - _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](http://www.stedwards.edu)** - _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](http://bit51.com)** - _May 2003 - Nov 2013_

* Developed the Better WP Security plugin which, at the time of its sale, had over 1 million downloads and was making approximately $20,000/yr in donations.
* Created the Better Google Tasks Chrome Extension which received accolades from users including [Matt Cutts](https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/todo-list-tips/).
* 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.

### LAN Systems Specialist

**[Southern Illinois University](http://www.siu.edu)** - _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 of up to 5, 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](http://www.pacificwings.com)** - _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.

### Pilot/Flight Instructor

**[Northern Illinois Flight Center](http://www.nifc.com/)** - _Aug 2004 - Oct 2005_

* Transported owners and clients on Citation and Falcon business jets.
* Taught individuals how to fly in company aircraft.
* Helped new aircraft owners transition to their planes for the company's Cessna dealership.

### Flight Instructor

**[Southern Illinois University](http://www.siu.edu)** - _Sep 2001 - May 2003_

* Taught students of the university's aviation program from private pilot to certified flight instructor.

## Education

### M.S. Computer Science

* **[Southern Illinois University](http://www.siu.edu)** - _Dec 2011_

### B.S. Aviation Management

* **[Southern Illinois University](http://www.siu.edu)** - _May 2002_

## Speaking Engagements

* [WordCamp Jacksonville 2020](https://2020.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/)
* [WordCamp Miami 2020](https://2020.miami.wordcamp.org/)
* [WordCamp Seattle 2019](https://2019.seattle.wordcamp.org/)
* [WordCamp Orlando 2019](https://2019.orlando.wordcamp.org/)
* [WordCamp Ottawa 2019](https://2019.ottawa.wordcamp.org/)
* [WordCamp Atlanta 2019](https://2019.atlanta.wordcamp.org/)
* [WordCamp Miami 2019](https://2019.miami.wordcamp/org/)
* [WordCamp Orlando 2018](https://2018.orlando.wordcamp.org/)
* [WordCamp Utrecht 2018](https://2018.utrecht.wordcamp.org/) (Keynote speaker)
* [WordCamp St Louis 2018](https://2018.stlouis.wordcamp.org/) (Keynote speaker)
* [SXSW Interactive 2018](https://www.sxsw.com/)
* [WordCamp Orlando 2017](https://2017.orlando.wordcamp.org/)
* [HighEdWeb 2017](https://2017.highedweb.org/)
* [WordCamp Miami 2017](http://2017.miami.wordcamp.org)
* [WordCamp London 2017](http://2017.london.wordcamp.org)
* [WordCamp Tampa 2016](http://2016.tampa.wordcamp.org)
* [WPCampus](https://2016.wpcampus.org)
* [WordCamp Chicago 2016](https://2016.chicago.wordcamp.org)
* [WordCamp Miami 2016](https://2016.miami.wordcamp.org) | [_full talk_](http://wordpress.tv/2016/04/29/chris-wiegman-application-security-for-wordpress-developers/)
* [WordCamp US 2015](https://2015.us.wordcamp.org) | [_full talk_](http://wordpress.tv/2015/12/13/chris-wiegman-make-wp_cli-work-for-you-extending-wp_cli-with-custom-commands/)
* [WordCamp Orlando 2015](https://2015.orlando.wordcamp.org) | [_full talk_](http://wordpress.tv/2016/01/14/chris-wiegman-lessons-in-plugin-development-successes-and-failures-of-a-large-free-plugin/)
* [WordCamp Tampa 2015](http://2015.tampa.wordcamp.org)
* [Web Conference at Penn State](http://webconference.psu.edu)
* [WordCamp Miami 2015](http://2015.miami.wordcamp.org) | [_full talk_](http://wordpress.tv/2015/06/27/chris-wiegman-how-to-take-your-wordpress-site-security-to-the-next-level/)
* [Loopconf](http://loopconf.io)
* [WordCamp San Diego 2015](http://2015.sandiego.wordcamp.org)
* [WordCamp DFW 2014](http://2014.dfw.wordcamp.org)
* [WordCamp Providence 2014](http://2014.providence.wordcamp.org) | [_full talk_](http://wordpress.tv/2015/08/03/chris-wiegman-securing-wordpress-the-right-way/)
* [WordCamp Maine 2014](http://2014.maine.wordcamp.org/)
* [MyNAMS 12](http://mynams.com/)
* [WordCamp Miami 2014](http://2014.miami.wordcamp.org/) | [_full talk_](http://wordpress.tv/2014/10/17/chris-wiegman-securing-your-code-wordpress-security-for-developers/)
* [WordCamp Austin 2014](http://2014.austin.wordcamp.org/)
* [SXSW Interactive](http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP25767)
* [WordCamp Austin 2013](2013.austin.wordcamp.org/)
* [HighEdWeb 2012](http://2012.highedweb.org/EventDetail.aspx?guid=355f185e-8186-48c0-be74-780ef55cf2e6)
* [WordCamp Austin 2012](http://2012.austin.wordcamp.org/speakers/#chris-wiegman) | [_full talk_](http://wordpress.tv/2012/10/28/chris-wiegman-securing-wordpress-is-easier-than-making-coffee/)
* [_as well as numerous Meetups and other events_](https://www.chriswiegman.com/speaking/)

## Other Activities

* Volunteer organizer for [WordCamp US 2018](https://2018.us.wordcamp.org/)
* Co-organizer of [WordCamp Utrecht 2018](https://2018.utrecht.wordcamp.org/)
* Moderator of [jobs.wordpress.net](http://jobs.wordpress.net) (2013-Present)
* Co-organizer of the [Sarasota WordPress Meetup](http://www.meetup.com/SarasotaWordPress/) (2015-2016)
* Co-organizer of the [Austin WordPress Meetup Group](http://www.meetup.com/austinwordpress/) (2012-2015)
* Organizing committee member for [WordCamp Austin](http://austin.wordcamp.org) (2012-2014)
* Admin of the [Advanced WordPress (AWP) Facebook group](https://www.facebook.com/groups/advancedwp/) (2015-2016)

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