Chris Kankiewicz

Self taught full stack web and application developer with years of Linux experience and a desire to learn. Personal strengths include advanced troubleshooting and problem solving skills in real-world situations, the capacity to acquire and apply new knowledge quickly and the ability to work efficiently in a team centric environment.


  • PHP 5+
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Sass / SCSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • MySQL
  • Postgres
  • Nginx
  • Apache
  • Composer
  • Git Version Control
  • MVC Frameworks
  • Laravel
  • CakePHP
  • Zend Framework
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • PC and server hardware
  • Networking
  • Linux operating systems
  • Windows operating systems
  • OpenStack
  • Heroku
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Docker
  • Vagrant
  • Packer
  • SaltStack
  • Travis CI
  • Bamboo
  • Jenkins
  • Wordpress
  • Drupal


Software Development Engineer @ IO Data Center
August 2015 - Present • Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Planned, designed and developed second iteration of the PHP based customer authentication and management portal built on the Laravel MVC framework.
  • Consumed Okta REST API to implement authentication and authorization and identity management within a custom-built customer web portal.

Cloud Engineer @ IO Data Center
June 2014 - August 2015 • Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Automated the continuous deployment of Arch Linux-backed, OpenStack instances via SaltStack.
  • Built Arch Linux images with Packer for PXE booting cloud servers and infrastructure.
  • Deployed Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana monitoring platform in a Docker-backed, containerized environment.
  • Deployed Consul scripts written in Python for monitoring service usage and alerting on service warnings/failure.
  • Locally built and tested cloud instances in Vagrant test environments.

Web Application Developer @ Arizona State University
April 2011 - June 2014 • Tempe, Arizona

  • Designed and developed a new iteration of the PHP based learning management system built on the CakePHP MVC framework.
  • Rearchitected a normalized MySQL database from existing fragmented database structure.
  • Designed a detailed site frontend written in HTML, CSS and jQuery/JavaScript.

Web Developer / Designer @ Southwest Medical & Rehab
March 2009 - April 2011 • Phoenix, Arizona

  • Worked alongside senior developer to conceptualize, design, and deploy a custom PHP based e-commerce platform built on Zend Framework.
  • Designed and implemented multiple detailed site layouts written in HTML, CSS and jQuery/JavaScript.
  • Built out a highly available infrastructure for hosting of the e-commerce platform.
  • Increased traffic to all sites via email campaigns and search engine optimizations.

Solution Center Technician @ PetSmart Store Support Group
February 2008 - March 2009 • Phoenix, Arizona

  • Provided over-the-phone technical support to store and corporate employees.
  • Performed advanced troubleshooting on Windows based store servers, registers, and workstations.


DeVry University
July 2005 - February 2008

  • Bachelor's of Science Degree in Network and Communication Management

Shadow Mountain High School
Class of 2005

  • Received high school diploma
  • Graduated National Honor Society member

Personal Projects

Directory Lister

  • A simple PHP app for listing the contents of any web-accessible directory and allowing navigation within.


  • An easy to use, simple to manage, web photo gallery written in PHP.


  • PHP library for generating securely random strings (e.g. - passwords or salts).


  • PHP library for generating persistently unique colors from a string.


  • Color changing clock based on the time of day, implemented in JavaScript.


  • Play Blackjack on the command line. Written in object-oriented Python.

More projects and coding examples available on GitHub.


  • Award: Eagle Scout
  • Active PHX2600 Member and volunteer web master
  • Regular attendee at DEF CON security convention
  • Attended CakeFest 2013