Dr. Richard. S. Wheeldon
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7737 3857
Date of birth: 5th October 1977
As an experienced Java developer and
technical lead with 15 years experience in software development, I have
consistently delivered effective, working solutions for leading organizations –
mainly in security related areas. I have worked heavily with Java, Linux, SQL
databases XML and related technologies.
I have authored several peer-reviewed papers,
two conference posters and one patent application. I have also co-authored a
book chapter and presented two posters at conferences. A full list of
publications is available at http://www.rswheeldon.com/pubs/
My personal interests include SCUBA diving,
horse-riding, Go and travel. Since leaving Cisco, I’ve been travelling around
the world and am now looking for a new leadership role in London.
Technical Lead – Cisco CWS (December 2009 – October 2014)
In 2009 I joined ScanSafe shortly before it
was acquired by Cisco to become Cloud Web Security (CWS). Cisco CWS provides
secure web browsing for schools, government and companies using a large-scale
HTTP proxy that inspects over 6 billion Web requests daily. Having been
promoted twice, I eventually took over technical leadership for the entire CWS
development team (around 30 engineers). My duties have included:
- Defining and leading new projects to
improve the CWS service such as policy tracing, improved anti-malware
capabilities, SPDY support, enhanced RBAC.
- Being responsible for the diagnosis, reproduction
triage and resolution of escalations from customers and operational teams,
including software defects, configuration issues, performance problems,
memory and capacity issues and network issues.
- Working with other teams and stakeholders
to define the architecture for integration projects with other Cisco
technologies (e.g. WSA, ISR, SourceFire, OpenDNS).
- Developing new features and implementing
numerous efficacy and performance enhancements
- Presenting talks on Cisco Web Security
internally and externally.
- Writing and reviewing Java, XML, SQL,
Spring, JNI and similar code in an agile environment.
Technical Specialist – Reuters (June 2007 – December 2010)
My time at Reuters was divided between developing
and then supporting three major news agency related projects all with a common
tech stack of Java, Tibco JMS and MySQL:
- A web application for video asset
- A project to improve online video
- A distribution platform to handle all
Reuters agency content (Text, Pictures, Graphics and Video) developed in
collaboration with a team in New York.
Senior Software Developer – Geoquip Worldwide (June 2004-June
Geoquip is a world leader in physical
perimeter intrusion detection systems. I was responsible for the development of
a Security Management System called GeoLog which was installed in over 150 prisons,
military sites and other secure areas throughout EMEA and the US. During my time at Geoquip I:
- Architected and developed a
multi-threaded, multi-terminal, message-based, fully internationalized thick-client
application using Swing and PostgreSQL running on Linux
- Wrote drivers for communicating with
detection systems and CCTV equipment using various protocols via RS232,
UDP, TCP/IP and SSL.
- Developed a report generation system
using SQL to interrogate the database, XML to structure the data and
XSL:FO to format it. Related changes made to the Apache FOP AWT viewer
were contributed back to the Apache project.
- Performed numerous management functions,
including interviewing candidates, presenting to customers and liaising
with out-of-house translators, installers, technical authors and graphic
- Performed system administration tasks on
the Linux firewalls, file and print servers.
- Designed the PCB for a new IP-based alarm
annunciation panel using Protel
Developer - University College London
(June 2002-March 2004)
Taco is a system for the presentation of
online coursework, used by members of several departments throughout the
University, chiefly the Computer Science department. As the primary developer
- Liaised with staff and students to
determine the requirements for the new system.
- Redesigned and implemented the entire
system in Java using Struts and Oracle.
- Redesigned the Oracle-based database
schema and associated SQL migration scripts.
Chief Programmer - NavigationZone
(October 2000-May 2002)
Since research into hypertext navigation
and trails was central to my PhD thesis, when the company NavigationZone was set-up to develop
and exploit this technology, I was offered the job of chief programmer leading
a small team collaborating on design, development and testing. During this time
- Developed new algorithms for document
summarization and indexing and implemented them in Java.
- Designed and implemented a web-based
information retrieval system using Berkeley DB, JSPs, servlets and Cocoon
(XML/XSLT) under Tomcat.
- Designed and conducted experiments to
test accuracy, performance and usability then refined both the algorithms
and the implementation.
- Installed and maintained a small cluster
of Linux servers.
- Presented work done at NavigationZone at
Java Developer - University College London
(May 1999-October 2000)
Worked in a small team in UCL's computer
science department along with partners in Europe on a authoring system for language
tutors during which I:
- Developed sections of the asset base
software for XML and metadata processing, security and access control
using Java, JDBC, Oracle, XALAN, Xerces, etc.
- Travelled to the sites of European
collaborators to present results, demonstrate new prototypes, discuss
technical and pedagogic issues and install the developed software.
- Provided technical supervision for MSc
students and training for system administrators.
- Cisco “Security Ninja” green belt, 2014
- Rescue Diver, 2010, PADI
- First Aid at Work, 2009, Red Cross
- Java 5 Master, 2007, Brainbench (Highest
score in UK, 5th highest worldwide)
- XML Concepts Master, 2006, Brainbench (2nd
highest score in UK)
- Java 2 – GUI Master, 2006, Brainbench (2nd
highest score in UK)
- Java 2 – Non GUI Master, 2006, Brainbench
(7th highest score in UK)
- SQL (ANSI) Master, 2006, Brainbench (6th
highest score in UK)
- Oracle 9i Administration, 2006,
- OO Concepts, 2006, Brainbench
- OO Design Patterns, 2006, Brainbench
- Java 2 Fundamentals Master, 2006,
Brainbench (2nd highest score in UK)
- Bash Shell Scripting, 2006, Brainbench
- Java XML Technologies, 2006, Brainbench
- RDBMS Concepts, 2005,
Technology Security Fundamentals, 2005, Brainbench
- Linux Administration (General) Master,
- Sun Certified Java Programmer, 2003, SunEd
Vijay Gupta, Manager, Cisco
Paul Bates, Design Manager, Geoquip
Angela Sasse, Professor of
Human Centred Technology, UCL