Kevin Kowalski

A little bit about me. . .

Officially, I am a graduate of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have a concentration in human-centered computing because of my interests in the interactive design of software. Additionally, I have over a decade of IT experience in freelance and professional settings.

Casually, I am a technology enthusiast for all things software and hardware. Whether I'm building, tinkering, repairing, modding or anything in between, my goal is to make things that are fun, creative, and sometimes even unique.

Skills & Technologies

Programming Languages

Competent

Familiar

Exposure

Productivity Software

CentOS

Visual Studio Code

IntelliJ IDEA

NetBeans IDE

Jupyter Notebook

RStudio

Arduino

Android Studio

Processing

Microsoft Office

Visual Studio

GitHub

Creative Tools

Paint.NET

Unity

SketchUp

DaVinci Resolve

Computer Hardware

Installation

Troubleshooting

System Reimaging

PCB Soldering

Education

University of Illinois at Chicago Logo
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Magna Cum Laude, May 2020

Oakton Community College Logo
  • Associate in Fine Arts, Science

May 2016

Work & Related Experience

IT Network Implementation Technician

Elk Grove Village, IL | March 2022 - April 2022

This position at Procom Enterprises revolved around commercial clientele. My main responsibilities included investigating and repairing workstation/server configurations. Additionally, I have also:

  • Created a PowerShell script to streamline computer system repairs and installations via automated setup.

  • Consulted clients with troubleshooting procedures and advised best usage practices of various technologies.

  • Traveled offsite to conduct maintenance of critical office and security systems at client infrastructures.

Research Programmer

Chicago, IL | July 2019 - August 2019

This internship experience involved working at the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER), an organization that operates as a part of my university. At ACER, I was given the unique opportunity to work with the onsite high-performance compute clusters in two ways:

  • Developed a JavaFX web application for comparing CPU versus GPU benchmarks run on the high-performance compute clusters.

  • Engaged in the daily monitoring and maintaining of high-performance compute clusters at the hardware level.

IT Administrative Assistant

Des Plaines, IL | June 2015 - May 2017

This was a student employment position at my community college in which I primarily acted as an immediate point of contact for students and professors. In this position, I was responsible for several tasks including but not limited to:

  • Troubleshooting common issues such as login errors, networking failures, and printer troubles.

  • Performing a weekly routine of both physical cleaning and software maintenance of the computer labs.

  • Assisted with hardware upgrades, networked system imaging, and installation of new software or updates.

F . A . Q .

Why am I a cartoon avatar?

I don't quite have a professionally shot photo of myself just yet and so I had to improvise using a cartoon avatar of myself.

However, I'm pretty sure I don't wear the same thing everyday! To fix this, I added some randomness to my avatar with my own little script! Go on, refresh the page to see the new me!


Avatars are generated using getavataaars.com and I have no affiliation with them.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I do not know what the future may bring me but I do see myself working here in Chicago as a software developer or programmer.

I love this city as much as I love to create neat things with technology and so as long as I'm able to continue doing so, I would consider that a successful future.

What were some of your favorite courses?

I've really enjoyed my environmental sciences course about the earth; the history and features of our planet fascinate me to no end. I truly liked learning about the formation of different minerals, rocks, and whats not cool about volcanoes or earthquakes?

Additionally, I've learned a lot in my art courses. These courses introduced me to the Arduino platform for designing circuits and programming micro controllers. I had previously never built and programmed my own hardware so these courses were a very new and creative experience for me. I also got to try programming a basic version of mobile virtual reality, similar to Google Cardboard!

Lastly, I've enjoyed most of my computer science courses but there were a few that stood out to me. These courses were the less conceptual and theoretical courses but rather the more practical ones. In these courses, I was building applications that I could actually show or demo to someone who might otherwise not know much about programming.

How can I contact you?

I can be best and easily reached via email. I check emails very frequently and will usually get back to you within a few hours.

My email can be found on my résumé, the footer of this website, and right here: contact@kevinkowal.ski