I'm Ronald McCollam, a Linux geek at a startup in Boston, MA.
Ronald McCollam is an IT generalist with particular interests in Linux and open-source software. He has worked at Canonical, the corporate backer of the Ubuntu operating system and is currently the head of product at Libboo, a startup in Boston focused on revolutionizing the world of ebooks.
In his spare time, Ronald is improving his Esperanto vocabulary, testing and reviewing disk images and applications for Ubuntu, and refining his technique for getting for home canning and preserving food.
Ronald McCollam's Background
Ronald McCollam's Experience
Technical Account Manager / Sales Engineer at Canonical Ltd.
November 2010 - March 2012
Built business and technical relationships with partners and customers. Provided presales and post-sales factory support to OEMs and ODMs on modifying, enabling, and installing the Ubuntu operating system. Created factory installation processes. Created customized demo systems and collateral. Worked closely with teams at Canonical and the Ubuntu community to ensure the highest quality software at all times.
Ubuntu Senior Certification Engineer at Canonical Ltd.
February 2009 - December 2010
Tested daily builds of Ubuntu on various hardware. Issued certifications for working systems. Managed test development projects. Created projects to expand testing facilities in US and Asia. Mentored team members.
Sales Support Engineer at iET Solutions
March 2008 - January 2009
Demonstrated iET Solutions' products to technical and nontechnical audiences. Worked closely with sales and marketing teams to define desired functionality and identify critical issues for resolution. Participated in product proofs-of-concept and implementation. Developed new and enhanced functionality through integration with external systems. Tested various configurations and platforms for iET Solutions' software.
EMS Engineer at ZANTAZ, an Autonomy Company
August 2003 - February 2008
Responsible for maintenance and operations of mission-critical servers in a mixed Windows and Linux environment. Created scripts to automate and monitor system services. Created and
disseminated tools, processes, and software for a new Network Operations Center (NOC).
Programmer/Analyst at AbleSoft Solutions
April 2001 - March 2002
Development of Visual Basic and ASP programs against a Microsoft SQL Server backend. User interviews and training.
Library Instruction Support at Virginia Tech University Libraries
January 2000 - January 2001
Provided technical support for MacOS and Windows computer labs including hands-on demonstrations of computer programs to novice users. Assisted with computer-based instruction for university classes.
Minister of Geekery and Product Owner at libboo.com
Technology generalist, responsible for overseeing the technological development and operational status of Libboo.
Ronald McCollam's Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1997 – 2000
Ronald McCollam's Interests & Activities
Ubuntu, Linux, Esperanto, canning, cooking, science fiction