Brian Parks


About Me

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Who Am I?

I'm a software developer, systems architect, and problem-solver. My passion is to build software that empowers people to be the best versions of themselves and to enable those I work with to reach their full potential, and I’m excited by opportunities to design well-architected, scalable solutions.

Occasionally I have opinions, which I write about. Sometimes I talk about them, too. I also write open source software (but contribute to other projects far less than I'd like to), including pails, an insanely lightweight and minimalist MVC framework, CMS, and more for PHP (this site is built using pails), and libfmux, a small C library that efficiently multiplexes multiple "channels" over a single "link" (typically a socket, but it could easily be a pipe or file instead).

I am a Cherwell Certified Professional Administrator and a Cherwell Certified Professional Designer.

I also work on a few side projects:

  • ShutterPilot - Photo booth software for people who want to be able to sleep well at night
  • VideoLYNQ - A way to communicate asynchronously via video
  • Slingshot and Slingshot CRM - A platform for rapidly building data-driven applications for business processes and a CRM built on the platform (hosted at a domain under which I do a lot of side projects)

Previously, I worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Cherwell Software, was the CTO of Picturebooth in the Colorado Springs (eventually HQ) office (and have since acquired the IP and internet presence for ShutterPilot), worked at Young Life as what would normally be considered a full stack developer (though we didn't call it that), and was a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (where I worked in the Vision and Security Technology (VAST) Lab employing cortical models of vision to improve machine-based face recognition); obtained a B.S. in Computer Science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA (where I also worked as a Systems Administrator); and been involved in a few failed startups, including one in the GPS tracking space, another in the IM automation/mobile ordering space, and my own custom software development company, Synapse Software (twice).

On a couple occasions, I've worked with the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation program, and taught several courses (archived here) at UCCS, including the freshman-level programming course, the data structures course, computer organization and assembly, and object-oriented programming in C++.

I'm involved in the Denver Devs community on Slack (and occasionally in person), as well as the Colorado Springs Tech community, both on Slack and in person.

I'm also an organizer of the Colorado Springs Tech (un)Conference and PeakPHP; and a co-organizer of coloradoSprings.js.

I reside in Colorado Springs, CO with my wife, Sara, where I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, and playing bass.

Contact

Twitter: @brian_c_parks

LinkedIn: Brian Parks

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Certifications

Cherwell Certified Professional AdministratorCherwell Certified Professional Designer