Kevin D. Miller, Jr.
Current Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
IT and Security Professional with over 10 years experience working in emerging markets (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkey and Vietnam) specializing in Education, IT consulting, market advisory, web development (XHTML, HTML5, CSS, SEO), and security systems (IT, Secure Document Management, CCTV Systems, IP Camera Cloud Solutions, and RFID Solutions).
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., USA, August, 2000, – May, 2003
Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) with area concentrations in:
Comparative and International Affairs;
Information Systems (IT Management); and
Nonprofit Management (NGO Management)
Certificate of Achievement in Fundraising (The Fundraising School, Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis)
Intensive First Year Kazakh, Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., USA, June, 2001, – August, 2001
Intensive First Year Russian, University of Washington, Seattle, WA., USA, June, 2000, – August, 2000
University of Washington, Seattle, WA., USA, September, 1991, – August, 1996
Double Degree Bachelor of Arts in American Ethnic Studies and Sociology
English (Native); Japanese (Mother-tongue – Elementary); Kazakh (ACTFL – Intermediate-Mid); Russian (ACTFL – Novice-High); and Vietnamese (Elementary)
GNU/Linux, BSD/Unix, OSX, Windows; Perl/CGI, PHP, Python; Ruby on Rails; (X)HTML, HTML5, CSS; Apache, Nginx; MySQL, Access; Magento; Moodle, Sakai; Project Fedena (School SIS and ERP); WordPress, Joomla, and Plone.
Protekus Security Solutions, HCMC, Vietnam
November, 2011, – present
Co-founder of Protekus Security Solutions (Sao Viet – Viet Star Company), a Vietnam-based consultancy set up by American, Japanese and Vietnamese professionals with experience in the security protection services in Vietnam. Protekus provides security solutions for both traditional CCTV solutions as well as IP camera cloud-based monitoring solutions.
With it’s partner, 007 Professional Security, one of Vietnam’s leading security guard protection company, Protekus aims to offer the best overall security packages and solutions to companies and organizations.
Hakata Consulting, HCMC, Vietnam
October, 2009, – Present
Developed and updated WordPress websites for clients in the USA, Vietnam and Tunisia, with an emphasis on SEO, web accessibility and security. Designed and launched GoHalal Planet, a halal travel site for Muslims visiting non-Muslim countries. Deployed Project Fedena school information system for Tunisian international school. Currently managing and maintaining 15 websites, 3 Linux servers and 2 shared hosts in Japan (1), Vietnam (1) and the USA (4).
The American School of Vietnam, HCMC, Vietnam
June, 2011, – August, 2011 (summer contract)
Taught a Media and Current Events course to international and Vietnamese students preparing to enter the middle and high school during the Summer School Program. Instructed students how to use online E-Learning tools (Moodle), MS PowerPoint, and video editing tools to help them research and prepare their presentations focusing on current events. Conducted daily and weekly assessment reports of each student with my Teaching Assistant to determine if they could adjust to an American curriculum environment.
Horizon International Bilingual School, HCMC, Vietnam
June, 2010, – May, 2011
Managed HIBS’s IT infrastructure and security systems (Biometrics and CCTV) for 4 campuses located in Hanoi and HCMC with a staff of two people. Updated the school’s website and deployed a new school information system for all campuses. Installed and maintained Moodle and Sakai E-Learning tools and a Help Desk on the HCMC main campus. Helped implement the first IT policies and procedures for the school system. Taught one weekly Computer Club class for middle and high school students. Still assist HIBS’s IT needs on a consulting basis.
The American School of Vietnam, HCMC, Vietnam
June, 2010 (two-weeks substitute – contract)
Taught a Media and Current Events course to international and Vietnamese students preparing to enter the middle and high school during the Summer School Program. Instructed students how to use online tools and MS PowerPoint to help them research and prepare their presentations focusing on current events. Conducted daily and weekly assessment reports of each student to determine if they could adjust to an American curriculum environment.
ICT/Computer Science Teacher,
American International School, , HCMC, Vietnam
Intellectual Resources Management Co. (same owners as SaigonTech – below)
September, 2007, – June, 2010
Taught ICT and computer science courses to middle and high school students with an emphasis on giving students the skills to use MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel in their school coursework. Trained and motivated students to use open source software and technologies including Linux, Apache, Blender, Synfig Studio, (X)HTML/CSS and Python. Supervised students in a project to test and evaluate the Vietnamese language Firefox browser for the Mozilla Foundation. Helped give positive exposure for AIS to the local and international media in promoting open source technology in education. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdj-7pV1dN0 for VTV’s feature about my class using open source software.)
SME Securities, HCMC, Vietnam
September, 2009, – December, 2009 (short-term contract)
Provided communicative, speaking and intercultural communication skills to Vietnamese stock market research analysts and stock brokers. Motivated students on how to be more confident when speaking English for foreign clients.
General Director / Senior Consultant,
SLG Vscapeone Co., Ltd., HCMC, Vietnam
February, 2007, – December, 2009
Founded, established and managed SLGV, formerly known as the Saigon Linux Group, with a staff of 9 American, Canadian, and Vietnamese consultants. Prepared proposals and successfully negotiated project fees with Vietnamese, American, and Indonesian clients. Set up meetings between Google and the Mozilla Foundation with local Vietnamese developers. Designed and implemented the AIP Foundation’s “Wear a Helmet” website for Vietnam’s helmet helmet safety campaign. Actively promoted open source in Vietnam which was featured in CNET’s ”Vietnam a crouching Tiger” article.
Saigon Institute of Technology, HCMC, Vietnam
Intellectual Resources Management Co. (same owners as AIS – above)
January, 2006, – December, 2007
Taught English as a Foreign Language to Vietnamese university IT students. Evaluated, assessed and tested students English to determine if they could continue to the next English level.
Sociology and US History Instructor,
Center for International Education, Vietnam National University – HCM, HCMC, Vietnam
January, 2006, – December, 2006
Taught two introductory Sociology courses and one US History class to Vietnamese university students participating CIE and University of Houston – Clear Lakes’ 2+2 university program. Prepared lesson plans and presentations per university requirements. Drafted quizzes and exams for each of the courses with my Teaching Assistant.
Indochina Capital / Mekong Securities, HCMC, Vietnam
April, 2006, – August, 2008 (three contracts)
Provided communicative, speaking and intercultural communication skills to Vietnamese stock market research analysts and stock brokers. Helped edit company profiles and stock reports with students. Gave weekly progress reports to the Managing Director on the English performance of my students. Consulting capacities including temporarily serving as an HR recruiter and Creative Services Manager.
IT Director / IT Teacher,
APU International School, HCMC, Vietnam
June, 2005, – October, 2005
Managed IT team of 3 staff at the main campus with a focus on implementing the school’s IT strategy with the CEO and school principal. Acted as liaison with the IT Director from Roger William’s University, APU’s partner in the USA. Developed the school’s first website. Taught several web development courses to Vietnamese students.
Southeast Asian Ministry of Education Regional Training Center, HCMC, Vietnam
June, 2004, – June, 2005
Taught English as Foreign Language to middle and high students and Business English to adults with an emphasis on improving their communication skills. Led several classes to help prepare Ministry of Education and Training students to study with the Asia Institute of Technology (Bangkok) in various subjects.
School of Environment and Public Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., USA January, 2003, – May, 2003
Assisted the course professor in teaching the course, Database Management Systems, to university students. Test ran all of the labs and coursework before the class started. Corrected all of the exams and homework assignments. Helped teach students how to use MS Access and Oracle SQL outside of the classroom.
Afghanistan and Central Asia Research Information Project,
Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., USA
August, 2002, – May, 2003
Developed the ACARI website for Dr. Nazif Shahrani, an expert on Afghanistan. Developed a search engine with a team from the School of Library and Information System. Managed the website until I departed for Vietnam in May, 2004
TEGV Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
June, 2002, – August, 2002 (summer internship)
Taught English as a Foreign Language to Turkish students during the summer program. Assisted the staff in monitoring the students on field trips.
School of Environment and Public Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., USA August, 2000, – December, 2000
Assisted the course professor and Head Assistant Instructor in teaching the course, National and International Policy, to university students. Led two weekly Quiz sections and helped draft the midterm, quizzes and exams.
American Councils for International Education, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
August, 1999, – December, 1999 (four-month contract)
Ran the US government sponsored “Freedom Support Act’s High School Program” in the Kyrgyz Republic. Worked with ACCELS staff to promote, recruit, test and interview over 3000 students across Kyrgyzstan. Assessed and evaluated 600 students selected in the final round of the program, 40 of which were selected to attend a high school in the US for one year. Served as Acting Country Director for one month.
Board of Director,
Rose Caplan Anglo-American English School, Taraz, Kazakhstan
September, 1998, – June, 1999
Assisted the Executive Director in converting a failing private English school into a non-governmental organization. Developed the school website and helped recruit English teachers from abroad.
Secondary School English Teacher,
U.S. Peace Corps, Karatau Lyceum, Karatau, Kazakhstan
May, 1997, – June, 1999
Taught English as a Foreign Language to Kazakh middle school students. Worked with English teachers to establish a teacher’s association in the local region. Developed and taught a computer keyboarding class for Kazakh and Russian students in Karatau at the Karatau Lyceum.
ACTIVITIES / EVENTS
Founder, Amerasian Foundation, Seattle, WA., USA, and HCMC, Vietnam
December, 2003, – Present (volunteer)
Help with Amerasian issues in the US and overseas mostly through networking online. I personally found a Vietnamese family for two Vietnamese Amerasians in the US with the support of two partner organizations. Assisted Vietnamese Adoptees on a need’s basis. The emphasis and primary mission of the AF will focus more on Japanese Amerasians in 2012.
Vietnam Alumni Chapter Leader, Indiana University, HCMC, Vietnam
August, 2007, – Present (volunteer)
Assist Indiana University with recruiting events in HCMC, Vietnam. Met up with Indiana University faculty when they visit HCMC.
Organizer, Rackspace Asia Event, Sheraton Hotel, HCMC, Vietnam
June, 2011 (volunteer)
Helped organize a meeting between Rackspace Asia and the media, bloggers, and IT businesses in Vietnam.
Organizer/Co-Founder, Vietnam Professional Linux/Unix Group, HCMC, Vietnam
March, 2005, – August, 2010 (volunteer)
Organized the first SaigonLUG meetings with IT faculty from the Education University, Vietnam, to promote Linux and open source software to Vietnamese computer users. Changed name of SaigonLUG to Saigon Linux Group in April, 2007, to focus more on SMEs in the promotion of Open Source Technology. Name was later changed to ViPLUG when SLG became a company.
Organizer, Mozilla Developer’s Dinner, HCMC, Vietnam
December, 2009 (volunteer)
Organized a dinner meeting between local Vietnamese developers and the Mozilla Foundation.
Organizer, Google Developer’s Dinner, HCMC, Vietnam
November, 2009 (volunteer)
Organized a dinner meeting between local Vietnamese developers and Google.
Presenter, Barcamp Saigon 1, RMIT Vietnam, HCMC, Vietnam
November 15, 2008 (volunteer)
Gave a presentation on the topic “Using Ubuntu Linux at the American International School” at Barcamp Saigon.
Organizer, Barcamp Saigon 1, RMIT Vietnam, HCMC, Vietnam
June, 2008, – November, 2008 (volunteer)
Initiated and found the venue for the first Barcamp Saigon. Helped locate sponsors for the event.
Presenter, Saigon Times Club, HCMC, Vietnam
September 19, 2008 (volunteer)
Gave a presentation on “Open Source Business Applications” with Vina-Consulting at the Saigon Times Club attended by Vietnamese businesses.
Google Developer’s Festival Southeast Asia,
University of Technology, HCMC, Vietnam
November, 2008 (volunteer)
Helped obtain the venue for the Google’s first developer event in Vietnam.
Presenter, Hochiminh Computer Association, New World Hotel, HCMC, Vietnam
July 10-15, 2007
Gave a presentation on “Open Source Technology” for the Saigon Linux Group at the HCA’s 2007 ICT Conference and Vietnam Computer Electronics World Expo.
I enjoy kendo, weightlifting and playing squash. I am very active with the Linux and open source community. In my free time I like to develop websites and learn new foreign languages. I hope to receive my private pilot’s license in the next year or too.