Rod Spears

Mobile Developer - Software Architect

Professional Technologist and Software Engineer/Architect committed to delivering world class software.


  • About Objects - Triaj TeamNov 2020 - Present

    Lead iOS Developer

    • Lead developer for the Triaj iOS app - Start up.

  • LexTechJune 2019 - Nov 2020

    Tech Lead

    • Lead teams of various iOS projects for Fortune 100 companies.

  • University KansasApril 2019 - Present


    • Currently working on Android (Kotlin) and iOS (Swift) apps for the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life NSF grant. The apps are electronic field guides that will also include fossil identification using Google’s Vision AutoML product.

  • Retail SuccessOct 2018 - April 2019

    iOS Team Lead

    • Successfully added realtime live video and chat, first phase of social media features.

    • Lead iOS developer for e-commerce clothing retailer app.

    • Implemented client-side OAuth for secure API authentication and authorization

  • Berkley Medical Management SolutionsJune 2018 - Oct 2018


    • Successfully completed a short term pilot project for a realtime video, audio, and chat iOS app for insurance case management with backend services integration.

  • Vertigo Media, Inc.Oct 2015 - June 2018

    iOS Team Lead

    • iOS team lead for social media music app.

    • Manages local and remote engineers.

    • Lead on all client architectural and design decisions.

    • Lead developer for custom integration of WebRTC into client app.

    • Works closely with middleware and back developers.

    • Created WatchOS extension in Swift.

    • Mentors junior developers and crafts internal develop processes.

    • Actively consumes books and articles on Software Development techniques and trends.

  • Shoutz, Inc.Mar 2015 - Oct 2015

    Mobile Team Lead iOS

    • Lead architect for iOS, Android FrontFlip and LotteryHUB apps.

    • Lead developer for iOS applications, created WatchApp for FrontFlip.

    • Manage local and remote developers for all mobile clients.

  • Mobile ConsultantApril 2014 - Present

    iOS Consultant

    • Currently developing iPad and iPhone apps that are self contained as well as apps that interact with a cloud backend.

    • Conceptualized several iOS apps and worked with client to develop Software Requirement Specifications, then architected, designed, implemented and submitted them to the app store.

    iOS Consultant at Cerner on the ‘Orders Team’

    • Contributed to a large medical app (Powerchart Touch), as part of a team using JIRA, Crucible, and GIT.

    • Solved defects, added enhancements, and lead the transition from iOS 7 to iOS 8.

  • Intouch SolutionsApril 2013 - April 2014

    Senior iOS Developer

    • Responsible for application development from design/architecture to App Store submission. Worked with Business Analysts to improve app usability.

    • Developed highly graphical and interactive iPad-based applications for pharmaceutical sales representatives.

    • Developed an app that read data from an external glucose meter and was integrated with iOS Address Book and Text Messaging api.

  • University of KansasJanuary 2003 - April 2013

    Mobile App Development

    • Developed an Android app for specimen data collection in the field which integrates GPS mapping, and SQLite.

    • Created SpecifyInsight, an iOS app for exploring collection data on an iPad. The specimen data is optimized and compressed from MySQL to SQLite and downloaded via HTTP. SpecifyInsight enables the mobilization of data so it can be taken into the field out of range of network connectivity.

    • Developed LMSearch (LifeMapper Search) for the iPad to enable the exploration and mapping of GBIF data.

    Cyberinfrastructure and Thick Client Software Development

    • Team Lead and Project Architect for a large client server application written in Java and shipped on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

    • The client app worked much like MS-Access that enabled a high degree of customization and configuration.

    • Used many contemporary software patterns to enable software componentization and reuse.

    • Integrated JSON-based RESTful web services.

  • Netscape/ AOL / Time Warner - Principal EngineerJune 1997 – July 2003

    Mobile App Development

    • Implemented the Printing sub-system for the Gecko layout engine.

    • Co-authored the Windows toolkit enabling the browser to run on Windows.

    • Proficient in many diverse areas of the code base – including the mail front end, spell check, embedded components, image library, XUL, JavaScript, and HTML forms.

    • Worked on advanced technology written completely in Java.

    • Designed and implemented the graphical user interface for the Java-based mail tool.

  • DigitalStyle (Purchased by Netscape) - Senior EngineerDecember 1996 - June 1997

    • Developed an end-user Graphics Tool written in Java for designing SVG components.

    • Specialized in Graphical User Interface and User Experience.

    • Created an entire GUI toolkit for enabling a “pluggable look & feel” which pre-dated Sun’s JFC.

  • Java Consultant July 1996 - December 1996

    • Conducted research and onducted research and analysis for major Silicon Valley companies. Authored several white papers and technical briefs. Assisted in web page design.

  • Java Consultant/Contractor (at NCR Corp.)July 1996 - December 1996

    • Developed Java applications & applets that use a prototype Java middleware library. Member of the design and implementation team for the production version of the Java middleware library. Created business objects and implemented them as an OCX, which use the C++ version of the middleware library.

  • Thomson Software Products- Technologist/DeveloperJanuary 1995 - June 1996

    • Investigated new technologies and assisted in the specification and prototyping process for integrating them into the product line. Wrote several Java applets/applications. Developed an expertise in Dynamic Data and Process Visualization. Efforts resulted in the released three new GUI applications using TeleUSE and C. Authored white papers on the use of Object Oriented techniques with TeleUSE and using TeleUSE with C++. Published an article comparing Motif with Java’s AWT.

  • XVT Software, Inc. - Product Author/Senior EngineerApril 1993 - December 1994

    • Co-authored an ODBC Database Reusable Component. Responsible for product conception, design, coding, testing, and bringing it to market. This product was developed entirely with C++ along with Intersolv’s Q+E ODBC database library. It was portable between MS-Windows, Macintosh, and many flavors of UNIX, and was integrated with XVT C++ Application Framework.

    • Marketing Engineer Authored white papers, developing demonstrations and performing competitive analysis. Provided technical support to the manager of the Partners Program, the Director of Product Planning, and Sales Engineering. Created presentations and spoke at several industry trade shows, including: Unix Expo, Software Development, and Xhibition.

  • SuiteSoftware - Product ManagerNov. 1991 - April 1992

    • Supported the local sales representative selling a CASE tool. Left after a brief stay due to their financial difficulties.

  • TeleSoft (purchased by Alsys) Software/Sales EngineerJune 1987 - Nov. 1991

    • Created GUIs for X-Windows/Motif applications using TeleUSE, and supported sales.

    • Created an on-line customer call tracking system. Part of a team the GUI for their Risc Ada Compiler.

  • General Dynamics - Software DeveloperMarch 1984 - June 1987

    • Wrote several simulations and hardware emulators for satellite image decompression algorithms.

    • Created graphical simulations for target selection using “branch and bound” algorithm.

  • The Ertl Company - DeveloperJune 1980 - Feb. 1984

    • Developed COBOL and CICS applications for an IBM 370/138.


  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

    Iowa State University, Ames Iowa


  • iOS

  • Swift

  • Kotlin

  • Objective-C

  • Java

  • Android

  • RESTful

  • Xcode

  • JSON

  • XML

  • SQL

  • Eclipse

  • JavaScript

  • OOA&D

  • Hibernate

  • Lucene

  • C++

  • C

  • PHP

  • HTML

  • CSS

Mobile Apps

  • Triaj

  • Vertigo

  • Front Flip

  • LotteryHUB

  • PowerChart

  • Digital Atlas

  • SpecifyInsight


  • Problem Solver

  • Quick Learner

  • Communicator

  • Architect

  • Mentor

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  • World's best open source browser
    Principle Engineer - Printing, Form Controls, Windows SDK
  • World's first commercial browser
    Principle Engineer - Printing, Form Controls, Windows SDK

  • Natural History Collection Management System
    Architect, Lead Engineer

  • Digital Atlas of Ancient Life - Mobile App
    iOS Developer

  • Vertigo - Sharing Life Through Music Mobile App
    Lead iOS Developer / Architect

  • Powerchart Touch - Cerner Corp. Mobile App
    iOS Developer - Consultant

  • frontflip - Loyalty App Mobile App
    Mobile Team Lead

  • LotteryHUB - Lottery Results App Mobile App
    Mobile Team Lead

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