Ken F. Innes IV

Ken F. Innes IV

Computer Programmer

Personal Profile

I grew up in California, Colorado, and Tennessee. I've always had a passion for anime, videogames, and toys. When I was in college I helped fan-sub anime by synchronizing English subtitles to Japanese dialog on VHS, took four semesters of Japanese, and taught myself web-based programming to create what would become a very popular anime website.

After graduating from Sacramento State I scored my dream job as a videogame programmer at Working Designs, a company whose games I loved thanks to their quirky humor and Japanese origins. I had the best time of my life working there, getting to travel to Japan, attending the E3 Expos, working with a great team of people, and releasing a number of fantastic games. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the company had to close down seven years later.

Ever since I've been an independent contractor, which has been great. Every project is a chance to learn new skills that I may have not otherwise explored, such as mobile app development or building and repairing PCs. It also allows me time to experiment with new hobbies and to resume learning the Japanese language. I have gained a lot knowledge and experience in 15 years as an independent contractor, however the adventure aspect has begun to fade. I now find myself longing for the consistency and comradely of a team.

Work Experience

Independent Contractor Programmer

2005 - Present

Localized Japanese games for the U.S. market on PS3, PSP, and PSVita consoles. Ported a cellphone game from Java to BREW. Developed iOS and Android apps. Built website front-ends and back-ends. Updated websites to be mobile-friendly. Created phpBB bulletin board system extensions. Modified existing extensions and scripts to fit clients' specific needs. Built and repaired PCs and laptops.

Lead Programmer, Working Designs

1999 - 2005

Localized Japanese games for the U.S. market on the original PlayStation and the PlayStation 2 game consoles.

Intranet/Web Application Developer, Anytime Access

1998 - 1999

Worked on several projects dealing with the development of web-based client/server database applications.

Lead Programmer/Analyst, California Department of Transportation

1998 - 1999

Automated archaeological archiving system by providing a secure client-server database application on Caltrans' Intranet. As lead programmer, designed the actual software and instructed the team on the language syntax and software implementation.

Student Assistant, California State University, Sacramento

1998

Analyzed Perl scripts dealing with deterministic and non-deterministic automata, regular grammars and expressions, pushdown automata, context-free grammars, and turing machines.

Physics Tutor, Solano Community College

1995

Assisted students in the solving of complex Physics problems, utilizing mathematical tools such as calculus and geometry.

Key Skills

  • HTML/CSS
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • AJAX
  • SQL/MySQL
  • Apache
  • Visual C++
  • Objective C (Xcode)
  • C# (Xamarin)
  • Java (Android Studio)
  • Perl
  • Various APIs

Education

California State University, Sacramento

B.S. in Compuer Science

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science received in May 1999. Concentrations in Graphics, Data Communication, and Networking with a minor in Mathematics. Student Assistant in 1998. Received Dean's Honor Roll.

Solano Community College, Suisun, CA

A.A. in Liberal Arts

Associate in Liberal Arts Degree received in August 1996. Tutored Physics in 1995. Received Dean's Honor Roll.