Creative web developer in South Carolina.

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About Me

I am a highly motivated Web Developer who thrives in a creative environment. Even though I am an introvert I work well in groups. I consistently maintain a positive attitude and enjoy helping to build ideas into fully functioning websites. I currently lead a team of 5+. My leadership style is a cross between coaching and collaborative. I enjoy pushing for cross collaboration between teams at the University because we all have a part to play in the larger view here.

When I am not working you can find me spending time with my family, playing with small motors and a raspberry Pi or designing a cosplay costume.

Details

Name

Miranda Hix, but I prefer Mandi.

Age

Location

Anderson, SC

Career

University Relations – Clemson University

February 2018-present

Director of Web Services

Responsible for the user experience and brand compliance of the entire clemson.edu web space. Directed the web team of 5 through a full web redesign life cycle including research, development, product release, QA testing, debugging, code reviews, and leadership updates. Currently our team is converting all the departmental and college sites to the new templates. Aside from that larger project day-to-day projects include: 

  • Setting project schedules, managing stakeholder expectations, and providing timely communications and reporting regarding project progress.
  • Direct all maintenance requests for websites to ensure that my Web Team can sustain the site information.
  • Collaboration with cross functional teams to conduct data analyses of departmental site performance, traffic, and utility when compared with other departmental pages.
  • Work with the Content Strategist and SEO expert to develop a cohesive top level website architecture and to restructure departmental websites.
  • Transitioning department websites from old templates to new and help reconfigure the architecture to fit the new UX.
  • Directing the team through creation and enhancements of web applications for public facing sites using PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript as needed for processes at the University.
  • Collaborated with Web Managers across the University to make the website accessible and fully WCAG 2.0 AA compliant within a 5-month timespan. I continue this collaboration to ensure all sites stay compliant.
  • Creating effective and holistic dashboards and presentations for executive leadership on digital marketing effectiveness.
  • Ensure data accuracy of Google Analytics by investigating data anomalies.
  • Produce Web Governance and Web Strategy documentation to go along with new designs and Web Style guide.
  • As a part of the UR Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Planning Team helped establish and implement a strategic plan focused on diversity and inclusion. We also set ways to assess and track the goals of the strategic plan.
Clemson, SC - On-Campus/Remote | clemson.edu

Graduate School – Clemson University

May 2014-February 2018

Director of Web Technologies

Transformed the Graduate School‘s website in a content management system, restructuring the content, redesigning the layout, and managing the content on an ongoing basis.  Developed multiple web applications for different processes within the Graduate School.

Other relevant tasks:

  • Created website material and optimized landing and home pages within the content management system.
  • Facilitated the development of a system for easy maintenance of web pages for all programs offered at the graduate school.
  • Developed and implemented a web application that allows online registration by students for the Graduate School‘s Professional Development flagship program called GRAD 360°. This allows students and faculty/staff to track events and earn certificates of completion in different areas of professional development.
  • Established specialized queries to pull from two different database systems (Oracle and MySQL) that feed a single reporting system for our Institutional Research Analyst.
  • Created registration portals for events such as Orientation, Doctoral Hooding Ceremonies, and Defense Calendar scheduling along with the back-end tools to view participation charts and graphs.
  • Produced specifications and mobilized the project of a cross-functional system that would track each graduate student‘s necessary credits to fulfill their degree requirements and ensure that all necessary approvers, from Deans to Program coordinators, signed off on their plan of study.
  • Reviewed analytics to reassess goals and strategies for the website.
  • Served as a technology consultant to Graduate School personnel.
Clemson, SC - On Campus | clemson.edu/graduate

dscTech, Inc.

July 2007-May 2014

Software Engineer

Responsible for working on a range of technical and administrative projects, interacting with clients, back-end developers, and administrative staff.

  • Met and corresponded with clients to determine client needs company web sites, and/or specialized software development.
  • Developed business web sites and portals based on the client’s needs, with cross browser compatibility in mind.
  • Created large-scale web applications with Telnet functionality using Visual Basic and ASP.Net.
  • Worked directly with Senior Software Engineers to develop a specialized API from the Telnet Software to feed custom-built web systems.
  • Responsible for quality assurance of finished websites including the validation of web forms and links, as well as marketing strategies.
  • Configured hardware to work with proprietary software programs.
Hartwell, GA | dsctech.net

Education

Web Analytics for Higher Education

Certificate

A course to guide through the creation and implementation of the measurement process for the clemson.edu website using the Higher Ed Digital Marketing Analytics Roadmap (HEDMAR) Framework.

View Certificate (PDF)

Digital Accessibility Masterclass

Certificate

An intensive digital accessibility workshop at the South by South West Conference that showed the roadblocks that people with disabilities encounter and how to develop a digital environment accessible to all.

View Certificate (PDF)

Clemson University

Spring 2017 - Fall 2017

Computer Science I & II (courses)

These courses offered an introduction to problem solving and programming methods. Emphasis placed on algorithm development. Includes use of appropriate tools and ethical issues involving computing are discussed. Examined typical numerical, nonnumerical, and data processing problems. With an introduction to basic data structures.

Georgia College and State University

2001 - 2003

General Education

These courses were taken to fulfill the Gen Ed requirements for most degrees offered. I only completed a year and a half of study.

Elbert County Comprehensive High School

August 1997 - June 2001

High School Diploma

I graduated high school where I was a member of the marching band, on the debate team and Future Business Leaders of America. I took several Advanced Placement courses and I recieved my CNA license the summer before graduating.

Skills

  • CSS(3) 5 stars
  • HTML(5) 5 stars
  • MySQL 4.5 stars
  • PHP 4.5 stars
  • Foundation Framework 4 stars
  • JQuery 3 stars
  • Javascript 3 stars
  • Bootstrap Framework 2.5 stars
  • Google Analytics 3.5 stars
  • Google Data Studio 3.5 stars
  • Google CSE 4 stars
  • SEO 3 stars
  • Wordpress 2 stars
  • Potterhead 5 stars
  • Disney Geekery 5 stars
  • Comic Book Fandom 5 stars

Recent Projects

Home page for Clemson.edu with several calls to action.

Clemson University Redesign

Full redesign of the website. The information architecture of the site was picked apart, and rethought. We went through two years of research and user testing prior to the launch in 2020. This was a collaborative effort across University Relations and campus partners.

Tags:
Design, Development, Research, User Experience, Management, Foundation, PHP

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Let's begin webpage displaying Hoang Huynh

Let's Begin Campaign

Gave oversight and guideance during the development of this brand campaign website.

Tags:
Management, Direction, Guideance

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Grad 360° home page displaying upcoming events

GRAD 360°

Build a web portal that allows Graduate students to register for professional development events and track their progress from registration through attendance.

Tags:
Design, Development, Bootstrap, PHP, MySQL, Oracle

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COVID site landing page with icon cards with links to relevant resouces

COVID-19 Website - Clemson University

Create a website to disseminate COVID related directives to the students, faculty and staff of the University.

Tags:
Development, SEO, Sitemap, Information Architecture

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