Software developer interested in everything from high level programming in
languages such as Java and Python to medium level languages such as C/C++
down to low level programming in assembly language on both computers and
embedded systems. Extensive experience as both a professional and a
hobbyist looking for a fun environment where I can expand my skills
and contribute to a team.
Java / Android / JNI
Objective-C / iOS
- 01/2008 to Present: Exegy
Software Engineer / Technical Team Lead
- Created a Java/JNI API wrapper around a C API using Python to
parse C header files and flat text files to generate C++ and Java
- Worked in a QA team for software testing. Created a set of
Perl scripts that generate C code to validate software.
- Bug fixing, feature adding, and code optimizations to a customer facing API in C++.
- Wrote a script in Python to generate HTML documentation for C and Java
- Thought up and prototyped a way to significantly improve the performance
of a piece of code by generating x86_64 assembly code on the fly from
downloaded tables similar to a JIT compiler.
- Created internal websites using PHP and SQLite to keep track of server
inventory, log messages, and more.
- Took a role as team lead and managed / mentored multiple interns.
- 03/2003 to 01/2008: Cernium, Inc.
Senior Software Developer
- Optimized MMX code for SSE2 using Intel C++ intrinsics with the Intel C compiler.
- Wrote C++ code utilizing DCOM to integrate Cernium's Perceptrak
with Lenel's OnGuard system.
- Wrote x86 assembler code using SSE instructions for image manipulation.
- Wrote image manipulation routines using Intel's IPP and IPL libraries in Visual C++.
- Developed code to crop JPEG's without losing quality.
- Created a library for creating and playing AVI files.
- Wrote a library for grabbing images off networked cameras including Axis, Sony, Toshiba, Bosch, and Panasonic.
- Wrote other supporting applications and functions in C and Visual Basic.
- Rewrote mixed C/VisualBasic code into cross platform C++ using gcc and Visual Studio 2005 Express with FLTK.
- Wrote an RTSP server and an avi/mjpeg creator to compile and run on
embedded Linux platforms including Axis cameras and Gumstix.
Ported other Windows code to run on embedded Linux.
- 02/2003 to 12/2003: Junior Chamber International (Contracting under Robert Half International Inc.)
PHP Web Developer
- Worked with a graphics artist to redesign the JCI webpage. Coded in
HTML and PHP pulling data out of an existing MySQL database.
- Worked on a new Business Network website creating the database along
with the HTML and PHP.
- Maintained the database and code for a few months after completion.
- 06/1998 to 11/2002: Direct-Data Inc. - St. Louis, Missouri
Programmer for Research and Development
- Wrote a web-based, multi-user drawing markup program in
which allows multiple users to markup the same drawing
at the same time. Developed supporting routines in PHP and
a C program which decompresses/compresses GIF with
- Wrote Huffman and Group 4 decompressors for converting
TIFF files into scaled GIF files for producing thumbnails.
- Wrote a drag-n-drop FTP client in Visual C++ for Windows.
Also wrote FTP clients in Java as both an applet and an application.
- Designed and built a computer for a Linux software RAID system.
Picked out specific hardware components, built the box, installed Linux,
configured the kernel, and setup the config files.
- Converted C code written for a Progress database into
C code for Oracle, MySQL, and ODBC.
- Wrote a program that pulls web pages off the Internet and
makes thumbnails out of them using PHP, Netscape, and X11.
- Wrote a C and PHP program to interface with RetrievalWare and
Visual RetrievalWare (text and graphical based search engines).
- Wrote a socket based server for a large project in C running on
both Unix and Microsoft Windows platforms.
- Wrote a PalmOS application for a medical textbook publisher.
- Set up firewalls on subnets using Linux and OpenBSD.
- Set up a Postfix mailserver with the SpamAssassin spam filter.
- 06/1997 to 06/1998: Maritz Inc. - St. Louis, Missouri
- Developed a web based application that ran an internal
program using ASP/VBScript, JavasScript, and Microsoft Access.
Also wrote a Java applet to draw graphs and charts. Won an
award for this project.
- Worked on a team project using
ASP/VBScript and Microsoft SQL Server. Was in charge of writing
Visual Basic and SQL Server stored procedures used to create tables
that were then loaded into Crystal Reports to produce tax forms,
mailing labels, and awards program information. Was also in charge
of updating the web site and creating a Java applet that displayed
data in a graphical tree format.
- Java Grinder [ http://www.mikekohn.net/micro/java_grinder.php ]
* Created software that enables developers to write code in Java and
run the code on microcontrollers such as MSP430 and dsPIC along
with game consoles such as the Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, and
- naken_asm [ http://www.mikekohn.net/micro/naken_asm.php ]
* Developed an assembler, disassembler, and simulator for the Texas Instruments
MSP430 line of microcontrollers and extended it to work with dsPIC, MIPS,
8051 / 8052, Atmel AVR8, ARM, Motorola 68000, Z80, and more.
- Parallel Computing Mandelbrots [ http://www.mikekohn.net/software/mandelbrots_simd.php ]
Developed code to parallel compute Mandelbrot images on x86_64, Epiphany,
Propeller, CUDA, Playstation 2, and Playstation 3 using SIMD vector
instructions and / or multiple cores.
- Android / iPhone / iPad [ http://www.mikekohn.net/android/ ]
Wrote games / utilities in Java for Android and Objective-C for Apple's iOS.
- Easy Match [ http://www.mikekohn.net/software/easy_match.php ]
Very fast textual pattern matching library with a JIT compiler for x86, x86_64, and ARM.
[ http://www.mikekohn.net/micro/ ]
* Designed hardware and software for MSP430, Atmel AVR8, Xilinx FPGA, and
- Image Processing
[ http://www.mikekohn.net/stuff/image_processing.php ]
* Write some assembly language routines using SSE2 and PowerPC Altivec for
adjusting image brightness and yuv to rgb conversions.
- libkohn_avi [ http://www.mikekohn.net/file_formats/libkohn_avi.php ]
* Designed an API / cross-platform library for creating AVI files being
used by companies such as http://outfit7.com/third-party-technology/.
- Naken Web [ http://www.mikekohn.net/software/nakenweb.php ]
* Created a tiny webserver capable of serving out static html, video from
avi/mjpeg files, and live video from video4linux2 devices. Being
cross-platform it has been tested on Linux and Windows as well as embedded
computers such as Gumstix and Linksys routers running OpenWRT.
- Java J2ME
[ http://www.mikekohn.net/j2me/ ]
* Wrote Java games and utilities that run on older mobile phones.
||B.S. Computer Science - University of Missouri, St. Louis (5/97)