Thomas Van Heel

Biography

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.