Thomas Van Heel
I graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN witha B.A. in psychology in 2005 and I went on to get my Master's in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in 2008. After deciding that I had enough of education, I went back to school and got my Associates Degree from the Minnesota School of Business in 2009. I started out at the USGS in Minnesota as an Information Technology student, and after the completion of my Associates Degree I was hired on full-time.
I support the scientists and the science of the USGS in a variety of ways. I am the local webmaster for both our internal and our public facing websites. I manage Operating System and software deployment, with extensive skills with Microsoft System Center. I maintain the backups of our critical scientific data. I perform maintenance on the Solaris and Windows servers. I troubleshoot connectivity issues for acoustic doppler current profilers, streamgage telemetry devices, and numerous other things. I write and maintain python scripts that automatically query NWIS, as well as scripts that communicate with modem-connected streamgages. I am driven to learn new things and pride myself on developing new skills.