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This is the personal website of Patrick Behrens (me). I build websites, read science fiction, grows lots of house plants, fiddle with new programming languages/frameworks/tools and attempt to cook when I have time. This site doesn’t get updated frequently but it is a nice place to share some personal info and contact details.

Information about previous work and my education is down below. Feel free to send me an email if you’d like to chat about the weather.¬† It’s moc.snerhebkcirtapnull@tap

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Pat

Web Developer – We Are Unlimited (https://weareunlimited.com)

November 2017 – Present

  • The dedicated agency for the McDonald’s US creative business
  • Work with a variety of talented individuals to create unique ad media for McDonald’s
  • Develop custom webpages for McDonald’s online presence
  • Investigate nascent technology to find uses in the ad industry
    • Google Assistant skills
    • Face and sentiment analysis from images
    • Use cases for chatbots on Facebook and Slack
  • Created an online tool for our employees to evaluate and comment on all creative work produced by the company

Tech Czar – Flowers For Dreams (https://www.flowersfordreams.com)

June 2015 – October 2017

  • An online artisan flower delivery company that donates to local Chicago charities
  • The company quadrupled in size and delivery volume while I was working there
  • I led a small team responsible for web development, logistics technology and IT operations
  • Duties included application design, application development, server administration and IT assistance
  • Some tech we used
    • Laravel
    • AWS
    • React
    • Various API’s

Web Development Intern РMyCabbage and Betterfly

  • Both companies were part of the Lightbank tech incubator and no longer exist
  • Migrated vanilla PHP to use Zend Framework
  • Helped build an API for their mobile application
  • Wrote code to reformat and optimize large sets of images/videos
  • Migrated “Frankenstein” WordPress application to Zend framework

Education

Loyola University Chicago – 2010 to 2015

  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
  • Master of Science, Software Engineering
  • Worked on a variety of projects
    • Website redesign for WLUW (Loyola’s student radio station) http://wluw.org
      • Updated the backend infrastructure
      • Redesigned the frontend to be mobile friendly
    • Created a “smart” light outlet controlled by an Android application
      • Used a Raspberry Pi and off the shelf electrical components
      • The Android application connected to the Pi over the LAN to issue commands
    • Built a pH level controller for growing micro-green salads
      • A Raspberry Pi monitored pH levels in a water reservoir and adjusted the level with pumps
      • Designed and constructed simple circuitry
      • Controlled by a Python program
    • Lots of other tinkering
      • Scraping data from the Chicago Transit Authority
      • Various web development projects