James Donnell in front of John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic.

About Me

Hello, my name is James Donnell! I am a 21-year old Computer Science major from New Jersey in the United States. I am a graduate from Rowan University where I studied Computer Science with a specialization in Cyber Security. I dabble in almost everything I come across in regards to technology be it Software Development, various hardware/IT fields or anything I can get my hands on. Apart from technology I enjoy the outdoors, traveling and exploring new places.

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Picture by James Donnell of canal in Venice, Italy.

Adventures

I always find myself wishing for more adventure. Whether it be a simple walk in the park or hiking a mountain or traveling to a new country. In the past, I have had the privilege to travel to many places and countries to see some truly amazing things. From Philadelphia to Honolulu from Rome to Venice to Prague, I have never encountered a situation that would prevent me from doing it again. I am grateful to have a woman in my life (named Ana) who shares the same desire to travel. To check out either of our adventures (and ours together) please check out A & J Adventures at AJdventures.com by clicking the button below.

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Logo of Rowan University, New Jersey, USA.

Education

Rowan University

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 2017
Specialization in Cyber Security
Summa Cum Laude

I started my college career at Drexel University as a Computer Science major. At the time, Computer Science was part of Drexel's College of Engineering and as such I took freshman-level computer science and engineering classes during my first year. From engineering classes alone, sparked my interests in not only developing software but developing software in a useful way that could interact with physical components outside of the processor. After my first year, Drexel moved the Computer Science major into a new college to better fit all the computing and informatic majors. I completed my second year of college as a non-engineer making it through my first Co-Op at the Philadelphia Fire Department. Soon after I decided to transfer my enrollment to a cheaper state school that could still suit my needs as a Computer Science major. Rowan University was exactly what I was looking for. While Drexel was superb in showing me the world of engineering, the City of Philadelphia and a glimpse of the working world; Rowan made me feel even closer to home with Computer Science and my knowledge within the field.

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Picture by Anonymous of Philadelphia, PA.

Work

Over the years I have worked anywhere from a janitor to a secretary to an IT technician and can honestly say that I have enjoyed every job I have had. While being a janitor or a secretary may not be the most career focused position, it has taught me a little something about good work ethic and having respect for all positions within a company. Below you can find the positions I have worked in related to the field of technology.


Philadelphia Police Department
(Office of Innovation and Technology)
City of Philadelphia

Associate Systems Engineer
January, 2017 - Present
  • More information coming soon!

Office of Innovation and Technology
City of Philadelphia

Network Engineer Intern
March, 2016 - November, 2016
  • Designed, configured and maintained numerous interconnected networks across Philadelphia
  • Installed and configured EX, QFX, SRX and MX series Juniper network equipment
  • Utilized knowledge and experience in Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies within redundant environments
  • Managed network upgrade projects from antiquated systems utilizing Nortel and Bay Network equipment
  • Solved day-to-day problems that arose apart from long-term projects

Philadelphia Fire Department
City of Philadelphia

MIS Intern
March, 2015 - March, 2016
  • Managed all technology requests for entire Fire Department with a limited, small team
  • Managed and repaired networks, servers, computers and printers
  • Maintained internal and external websites for all web operations
  • Maintained internal SharePoint for all internal unit cohesion
  • Maintained and updated outdated databases
  • Frequently assisted with projects at the Philadelphia Police Department
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Certifications

  • Microsoft Technology Associate
    • Software Development Fundamentals
    • Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
    • Database Administration Fundamentals
    • Windows Operating System Fundamentals
  • CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals
  • Web Communication using Adobe Dreamweaver® CS3
  • Internet and Core Computing Certification (IC3)
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