About H

A few things about me...

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I am a full stack engineer and founder of Renegade Applications, LLC. I started making games in 2012, publishing games for the iOS App Store and itch.io, including four with HomeTeam GameDev. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Masters degrees in Engineering Management and National Security & Strategic Studies, and am pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate in Applied Computer Science.


Full Stack Developer

As one of two software engineers in a 100% remote company, I am responsible for the full lifecycle of each feature of Go Energistics' web application, from requirement identification to UI implementation to database integration and API creation and use.

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Renegade Applications provides timely and robust software solutions to clients while pursuing its own IP. As the founder and lead engineer, I am responsible for all aspects of the business, including project selection and management.

Nuclear Trained Surface Warfare Officer

During a 21+ year career in the U.S. Navy, I served in many roles including supporting the defueling and refueling of two nuclear reactors, writing a ship's daily, short and long range schedules and generating all electricity and fresh water for over 5,000 people. I served in the Navy's Human Resources organization, at NORAD and in Manama, Bahrain working effectively in these international organizations. I led teams as small as 24 people and as large as 300+ including commanding a U.S. Guided Missile Destroyer.



JavaScript - Development of Word Fall, over a dozen browser games and the primary technology solution at Go Energistics.

Objective-C - Development of Cover The Core for the iOS App Store

Swift - Development of Code Fall for the iOS App Store.

Python - Discrete Mathematics & Visual Design.

Java - Introduction to Object Oriented Programming.

C++ - Discrete Mathematics & Data Structures.

Fortran - Modeling fluid flow through pipes and air flow over airfoils.

Frameworks & Libraries

VueJS - Used daily for client side web application development

NodeJS - Used to convert a browser game to a Windows & Mac downloadable game and daily for server side web application development

Express - Used daily for server side web application development

MariaDB - Used daily as a web application data store

Sequelize - Used daily as a web application ORM in conjunction with Express and MariaDB

OpenGL/WebGL - Used to implement 3D drawing for Cover The Core as well as improve performance for Exit the Shadow and Flipside

Phaser - Used to to create Word Fall and my current project

Soft Skills & Leadership

Leadership - Over 500 hours of leadership training as well as over 21 years of leadership experience, leading teams which included new recruits to seasoned veterans completing the full gamut of tasks assigned to a U.S. Guided Missile Destroyer.

Communication - Used both written and oral communication skills to issue orders, establish and promulgate policy, and publish schedules. Published multiple Software Development related articles. Provided weekly progress updates while leading the development of three released games.

Teamwork - Made extensive contributions to nearly a dozen games led by other game developers. Ensured my team supported the efforts of my peers while serving as a Division Officer in a Department, Department Head in a ship and an Executive and Commanding Officer of a ship in a Squadron.

Problem Solving - Able to find and utilize open source libraries to solve the full spectrum of tasks encounted while developing complex software. Spent 21+ years learning to 'adapt and overcome' in a resource constrained environment while being actively opposed by an intelligent enemy.


Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Graduated with a minor in Mathematics (including Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations and Linear Algebra) and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Coursework included extensive use of Fortran to model fluid flow through pipes and air flow over airfoils as well as Statics, Dynamics, Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics.

Master of Engineering, Engineering Management

Focus on Project Management with an emphasis on Engineering projects. Included credit for graduating 12th in my class at Naval Nuclear Power School whose coursework included Reactor Plant Fundamentals, Nuclear Theory, Electrical Engineering, Calculus, and Physics.

Master of Arts, National Security & Strategic Studies

Coursework consisted of Strategy and War, Joint Professional Military Education, and Policy & Decision. Electives included courses on the European Union, the European Theater of WWII and Soviet Studies taught by Dr. Sergei Khrushchev.

Post-Baccelaureate, Applied Computer Science (in progress)

5 of 14 total courses complete with a current GPA of 4.0. Completed courses include Visual Design, Beginning Programming, Cognitive Science, Discrete Mathematics and Data Structures. Courses have utilized Python and C++.