Cassandra Ladino

IT applications specialist with 10+ years of experience at USGS in project management and application design. Currently focusing on data architecting in AWS cloud. 

Biography

Honors

USGS CDI Leadership and Innovative Excellence Award, 2017

USGS Superior Service Honor Award, October 2013

10 Year Service Award, November 2008

 

Leadership

Configuration Management Committee (CMC), Project Coordinator

CMC Data Standards, Co-Lead

USGS Web Portal for Laboratory Information, Project Manager

Software Mangement Website, Lead

CDI Software Development Working Group, Co-Lead

CDI Data Management Working Group, Co-Lead

 

Training

Gartner Data & Analytics Conference, March 2019

AWS Data Warehousing, March 2019

Introduction to Big Data Training, February 2019

AWS Training: A Comprehensive Introduction to Amazon Web Services, January 2019

Implementing SharePoint Records Management, March 2018

SharePoint 2013 Training, December 2017

ITIL, November 2017

Leadership 201, August 2017

 

Highlighted Projects

Configuration Management Committee (CMC) - Integrating and improving reporting of our business information systems.

Software Steering Committee - Communicating software-related information and policy to USGS development community. Maintaining the USGS Software Management Website.

Strategic Lab Committee and QMS Working Group - Implementing QMS policies and standardized practices across USGS laboratories.

 

Education

M.S. - University of Maryland Baltimore County (2013), Information Systems

M.P.S. - University of Maryland Baltimore County (2010), Geographic Information Systems

B.S. - University of Maryland Baltimore County (2006), Geography and Environmental Science

 

Professional Experience

IT Applications Manager, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Office of Enterprise Information, October 2017 – Present

Skills

  • Develop a breadth of knowledge about current and future directions for operational support of data and analytics at USGS and DOI.

  • Provide expertise on AWS products.

  • Provide experience in requirements development, design, and project management of large IT systems.

Duties

  • Participate in Open Data/ Open Access activities

  • USGS representative at Interagency Working Group on Open Science Committee on Science

  • USGS representative on DOI OCIO Managing Data as a Strategic Asset working group

  • USGS secondary contact for Data.gov

  • USGS Strategic Labs Committee and Quality Management System Working Group

  • Investigating applications of AWS to support CMC activities

  • Develop data standards across business information system to support CMC activities 

  • Manage OEI applications in SharePoint and USGS Forms

Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Eastern Geographic Science Center, 2014 - 2017:

Skills

  • Developed requirements and specifications for several web based applications (listed below) to meet scientific objectives of the USGS Chesapeake Bay Studies. This included working directly with scientists as customers and evaluating available resources to select the most cost effective and timely solutions to meet requirements. A specialty was implementing open source solutions in the cloud and drawing from industry standard best practices.

  • Conducted review, testing, and approval of applications as the applications project manager.

  • Managed documentation and standard operating procedures written to support development or operation of applications.

  • Monitored application life cycles, including application reviews, changes in response to customer needs, and evaluation of continued application support.

  • Created effective teams by encouraging mentoring, training, and communication and implementing RAD and AGILE development methodologies.

  • Maintained operations without significant project delays or increased cost through employee transitions that had a major impact on the team’s development approach.

  • Networked with several other application development teams in the USGS, including creating partnerships to transition work from EGSC staff.

  • Created and implemented data management procedures for data release at EGSC.

  • Developed a breadth of knowledge about diverse scientific research across the USGS.

Duties

  • USGS Chesapeake Bay Studies Science Team Lead on Managing and Providing Information.

  • Data management and integration with the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Project

  • USGS Eastern Geographic Science Center, Data Manager

  • EGSC Web Applications Project Manager

    • USGS Disease Maps Website

    • USGS Sediment-bound Contaminant Resiliency and Response Strategy (SCoRR)

    • Chesapeake Bay Phase 6 Land Cover Application

    • Chesapeake Bay Nontidal Monitoring website

Eastern Geographic Science Center, 2011 - 2014:

Skills

  • Developed leadership skills working with the Chesapeake Bay Studies Science Team Leads and taking on project management tasks at EGSC.

  • Gathered use case requirements and gave input to design of web applications.

  • Wrote and implemented JavaScript code to support the development of large web application and took the lead on developing smaller applications. This included learning best practices from industry, working with code repositories for quality control, introduction to procedure and code documentation, and testing prototypes.

  • Networked within the USGS CDI to learn about new best practices for Data Management.

Duties

  • USGS Chesapeake Bay Studies Science Team Lead on Managing and Providing Information.

  • EGSC Data Management support and guidance

  • EGSC web applications developer

  • USGS Disease Maps Website, Project Manager

Eastern Geographic Science Center, 2006 - 2011:

Skills

  • Developed team collaboration skills.

  • Focused on use case requirement gathering from science experts.

  • Wrote and implemented JavaScript code to support the development of large web application and took the lead on developing smaller applications. This included learning best practices from industry, working with code repositories for quality control, introduction to procedure and code documentation, and testing prototypes.

Duties

  • United States Geological Survey / United States Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Online Adaptive Support Tools (COAST)

  • Team lead on design of COAST online decision support tools and website framework.

  • EGSC web application developer

Additional Professional Experience:

2000 - 2006

  • Early career skills as a student intern included specializing in GIS techniques for scientific research, introduction to web services and web applications, and developing teamwork skills in small teams as support staff.

 

Publications

Ladino, C.C., 2013, Defining a data management strategy for USGS Chesapeake Bay studies: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1005, 7 p. [Link]

Faundeen, J.L., Burley, T.E., Carlino, J.A., Govoni, D.L., Henkel, H.S., Holl, S.L., Hutchison, V.B., Martín, Elizabeth, Montgomery, E.T., Ladino, C.C., Tessler, Steven, and Zolly, L.S., 2013, The United States Geological Survey Science Data Lifecycle Model: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1265, 4 p. [Link]

 

C. Mullinix, S. Phillips, K. Shenk, P. Hearn, and O. Devereux, Facilitating Adaptive Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through the

Use of Online Decision Support Tools; Proceedings of Meetings, Symposiums, and Conferences -- Third Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds in Estes Park, Colorado September 8 – 11, 2008.

http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2009/5049/pdf/Mullinix.pdf

 

Cassandra Mullinix, S. Phillips, P. Hearn, J. Wolf, K. Shenk, M. Dubin, Web-Based Tools For Improved Management And Restoration Of The Chesapeake By Watershed; Abstract presented at 2009 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference Adaptive Management of Water Resources II in Snowbird Utah June 29 – July 1 2009.

http://www.awra.org/meetings/SnowBird2009/docs/Sess%2033%20abs.pdf

 

Cassandra Mullinix, Paul Hearn, Huajun Zhang, John Aguinaldo, Web-based Decision Support and Visualization Tools for Water Quality Management in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed; Proceedings of Meetings, Symposiums, and Conferences -- Geoinformatics, 2009 17th International Conference in Fairfax, Virginia August 12 – 14, 2009.

http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/search/freesearchresult.jsp?newsearch=true&queryText=mullinix%2C+c&x=38&y=15