Thomas A. Schweich
3008 Fairview Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
Residence: 1-510-865-5778 firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 1-510-701-3418
GIS experience preparing maps of
plant collection locations and analyzing plant distribution data with
ArcGIS. Additional GIS experience to
define geographic boundaries of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT),
geocode addresses of trained volunteers, and prepare lists of potential team
Field work experience in desert botany and vegetation, and
herbarium curation of plant specimen vouchers.
Very familiar with the geography of California, including many wilderness areas.
Data base experience with Microsoft Access.
Management and information systems experience with
increasing responsibility within the transportation, biotechnology, and
information technology industries. Major
strengths include management process, customer support, business analysis and
and Vegetation Analyst, Mojave National Preserve, CA, 1993-2008
- Established experimental plots of Desert Elkweed Swertia albomarginata (S. Watson)
Kuntze in the Mid Hills, Mojave National Preserve, California. Individual plants are identified and
physical size and life cycle data collected. Prepared location map with
ArcMap GIS utilizing digital line graph, elevation model, and orthophoto
data. The study spans 12 years and
is on-going. Presented paper (Schweich, 1999) at 1999 Desert Research
Symposium. Republished paper at: http://www.schweich.com/swealbA.html.
herbarium specimens and online records, comparing reported geographic location
to written location information throughout the southwestern United States. Utilized Microsoft Access database to track
locations, corrected locations, and updated taxa determinations. Imported table
into ArcGIS, and projected the data with a custom projection defined to
minimize area distortion in the natural range of the plant. Added EarthSat image, highway locations, and
administrative boundaries projected into the same custom projection. Published resulting distribution map at: http://www.schweich.com/imagehtml/swhwymap.html.
presented poster about “Population dynamics of Desert Elkweed Swertia albomarginata (S. Watson) Kuntze
in Mojave National Preserve” at the 2008 Desert Research Symposium, April
18-21, 2008 at the Soda Springs Desert
A copy of the poster is available at: http://www.schweich.com/Poster_2008_03_21.pdf
- In the Hole-in-the-Wall and Wild Horse Mesa area of
the now Mojave National Preserve, measured multiple transects in
Pinyon-Juniper woodland, analyzed patterns of vegetation, analyzed weather
data for nearby cooperative weather stations, and presented paper
(Schweich, 1995) at the 1995 Desert Research Symposium. Prepared location
map with ArcMap GIS utilizing digital line graph, elevation model, and
orthophoto data. Republished paper at: http://www.schweich.com/midhillsA.html
- Repurposed one transect from the project above to
study population dynamics of Salvia
dorrii (Kellogg) Abrams ssp. pilosa
(A. Gray) J. L. Strachan & Rev. Individual plants were identified.
Physical size and life cycle data were collected annually for eight years.
In 2005, the plot was burned by wildfire, effectively terminating the
study. Now using the same plot to study fire recovery. Some very preliminary results are
published at: http://www.schweich.com/fireA.html
build the Carl Purpus web site (http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/Purpus/index.html),
designed, programmed in Visual Basic, and implemented a Microsoft Access data
base containing web site elements such as articles, letters, locations, and
collections. The data base automatically generates hypertext links from cross
Generalized the Microsoft
Access database so that it can prepare multiple web sites of similar structure
but different content. Now use the database to generate my personal web site
(http://www.schweich.com) and the Annie Alexander web site. The database also integrates my field notes
with voucher labels for my plant collections, observations and collections by
others, and prepares geographical plant lists.
University And Jepson Herbaria,
University of California, Berkeley, CA. Visiting Scholar and Research
- Prepared a proposal and received a
Lawrence C. Heckard Memorial Fund grant to scan and process field notes
and photographs from the 1939 and 1940 field notebooks of Annie Alexander
and Louise Kellogg. Used the images to prepare a web site of text and
commentary on the University and Jepson Herbaria web server. The URL of the web site is: http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/Alexander/indexA.html
- Wrote and presented a paper about the Eastern Mojave Desert plant collections of Annie M.
Alexander and Louise Kellogg (Schweich, 2001) at the 2001 Desert Research
- While a herbarium volunteer, mounted and strapped
specimens from current backlog. Filed new vouchers and vouchers returning
from loans. Checked determinations using Jepson Manual and online data
bases, such as CalFlora, the USDA Plants data base, or Index Kewensis.
Consulted with herbarium staff on difficult or unclear filing questions.
Prepared genus and species folders when required for taxa new to the
herbarium or when the number of vouchers exceeded existing folder
Center, Zyzzx, CA.
Research Associate, 1996-2008.
- Associated with the Soda Springs
Center at the
request of the National Park Service, so that my research in Mojave
National Preserve could be tracked administratively.
- Continuing National Park Service-authorized research
in Mojave National Preserve. This includes collecting field specimens,
which are mounted and housed at the Mojave National Preserve herbarium at
Zyzzx and UC Berkeley.
Response Team (CERT) Volunteer, Alameda,
- Trained Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT) volunteer with the Alameda Fire Department for assignment to an
Alameda CERT team.
- Started a CERT team in my neighborhood, and continue
as Team Leader.
- Reviewed available data bases for tracking CERT
volunteers and their training, recommended that a data base available from
the Bergen, NJ, Fire Department be adopted. Wrote a
requirements document and program document. Modified the selected Microsoft Access
database to meet the needs of Alameda CERT. Implemented new database into daily
business process of the Alameda Fire Department Disaster Preparedness
Office. Added function to print
CERT volunteer badges from the database.
Added function to support Disaster Registry Program (assistance to
residents unable to leave their home in an emergency).
- Using ArcGIS, assisted CERT program managers to
identify neighborhood teams based upon natural features, homeowner’s
association boundaries, and neighborhood boundaries. Geocoded the data base of trained
volunteers, and provided team leaders with lists of trained volunteers
within their team’s boundaries.
IBM Global Services, San Francisco, CA
1994 - 2007
- For a major biotechnical firm, which has outsourced
IT operations to IBM, managed the network team. Assisted development of network
strategy, defined network projects, prepared capital and operating
budgets, initiated, managed and completed network expansion and
improvement projects. Managed problem and change management processes, and
made daily task assignments.
Defined management processes and wrote desk procedures for
management of the customer network.
- Led an engagement to assess network
and other IT infrastructure of a newly acquired subsidiary of a luxury
goods retail business, designed a new network to corporate architectural
standards, and specified hardware.
In continuing infrastructure consultant role, advised client on
desktop and laptop issues, construction of a standard desktop image,
implementation of network services, and installation and support of warehouse
system comprised of RS/6000 servers and wireless handheld terminals.
Defined resource requirements, located resources, and implemented support
- Led the Application Development Support Team of 8-12
technical staff for a complex e-Business marketing, order entry and order
status application. Defined support roles and responsibilities, designed
support and change management processes, determined requirements and built
development and integration test environments. Established support,
testing, code management, and system management processes for this
application comprising four business units, with web, data base,
transaction and ERP servers in UNIX, Windows NT and OS/390 environments
running in four data centers.
- For an international rollout of network, Exchange and
desktops at a transportation company, wrote the proposals, and constructed
the overall project plan. Managed the design of Local Area Networks for
105 locations, constructed a data base to contain site surveys, network
designs, equipment specifications and configuration statements, managed
the preparation of router and switch configurations, and prepared
budgeting and financial reports from the data base.
- For a transportation company, managed a portion of a
cross-country data center relocation, focusing on the old data center
operations and operations hand-off to the new data center staff. Developed and executed project plan to
de-install the old data center computer hardware, environmental equipment,
fixtures and cabling, and return the floor space to the lessor. Data center relocation was completed on
schedule. Old data center clean-out
was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
- For a customer Network Systems Engineering group,
analyzed business functions and assigned tasks, determined skills required
in technical environments, measured actual skills and manpower hours
worked, analyzed gaps in skills and manpower, recommended actions to close
- Clarified management objectives for customer
satisfaction measurement system, analyzed objectives from customer point
of view, and determined that most management objectives did not translate
well into customer terms.
Management chose not to proceed with measurement program because
anticipated value would probably not be realized.
Southern Pacific Transportation Company, San Francisco, CA
1967 – 1994, with titles starting at
Systems Associate, and ending at Manager, Office Systems and End User Support
(1967 - 1994)
- Guided and managed
growth of end user computing to provide personal computer, local area network,
integrated LAN services, electronic mail, and data administration services
and support. Consolidated three
help desks into one location, cross-trained support staff on multiple
platforms, designed and installed multiple-split automatic call director
(ACD), problem management and customer satisfaction measurement.
- Conducted numerous Industrial Engineering and
Operations Research studies in the functional areas of railroad
operations, logistics, equipment maintenance, crew dispatching, and
financial analysis. Techniques
applied include linear programming, simulation, operation analysis,
multivariate statistics, and cash flow analysis.
in Fundamentals of ArcGIS Desktop, ESRI, Redlands,
University of Oregon,
Industrial Engineering, California State Polytechnic
College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Thomas A. 2008. Population dynamics of “Desert Elkweed” Swertia albomarginata (S. Watson) Kuntze Gentianaceae in Mojave National Preserve, California.
Poster. 2008 Desert Research Symposium, Zzyzx, California,
April 18-21, 2008.
Thomas A. 2001. The Eastern Mojave Desert
plant collections of Annie M. Alexander and Louise Kellogg, 1939-1941. The
Changing Face of the East Mojave Desert. California State University,
Desert Studies Consortium.
Thomas A., 2000. Designing a Hundred LAN Installations in a Changing
Environment. IBM Enterprise Systems Management ShareNet Conference. September
Thomas A., 1999. Two occurrences of Desert Elkweed Swertia albomarginata (S. Watson) Kuntze Gentianaceae in the Mid Hills, Mojave National Preserve, California, USA. San Bernardino County
Quarterly. 46(3), Summer 1999
Thomas A., 1995. The vegetation of Lobo Point and North Wild Horse Mesa,
Eastern Mojave Desert, San Bernardino County, California. San Bernardino County
Quarterly. 42(3), Summer 1995, pp. 93-98.
Thomas A., and Warren B. Brown, 1972. A New Analysis of Railroad Yard
Operations, Railway Management Review. P. 12-27.
Schweich, Thomas A., 1971. TMIS -- A Terminal Management
Control System. Meeting Preprint 1430, Joint ASCE-ASME Transportation
Engineering Meeting, July 26 - 30, 1971. Seattle,