Steve Talbot - Developer - Engineer


Curriculum Vitae


Employment History

LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Vail Systems, Inc.
Web Center / Retail Business Services / Peapod (companies owned by Ahold-Delhaize)
Anixter, Inc.
Essendant (formerly United Stationers)


Freydakin: Cool weblinks ranging from, the National Institute of Health and to and
Java Developer Blog: Software Engineering, Design Patterns, Java Development, Developer Tips and Role Playing Games.


Illinois Institute of Technology
The University of Texas at Austin

Computer Science Research

Database Management System

Software Architecture

Information Retrieval

Project Management

Controller Area Network, Embedded Systems, TCP/IP

Engineering Research

Master's Thesis, Engineering

Senior Design Project, Engineering

Technical Communication Project, Engineering

Miscellaneous Papers


Parenting, Music, Radio, Philosophy, Guitar, Singing, Podcasts, Role Playing Games, Reading, Exercise.


I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. As a kid I played in the neighborhood where I grew up, and I had alot of freedom to explore my world. I am an alum of Edison Elementary school, Beveridge junior high school and Burke senior high school in Omaha. In high school I was an honor student, I was a guard on the football team and I threw shot put on the track team. I had aspirations of becoming an engineer, like others in my family, so I took 2 years of physics courses in high school. In Omaha I was very keen on the local music scene, so I was somewhat involved in attending rock shows put on by fellow high school and college kids and their bands.

I moved to Austin, Texas in 1994 to attend my undergrad program. There I joined the college radio station 91.7 FM KVRX Student Radio for Austin. I cofounded the club Non-Resident Undergraduate Student Association (NRUSA). I enjoyed the live music, barbecue, warm weather and tex-mex restaurants that were on offer in Austin. From there I moved to Chicago, Illinois in 2000 to pursue work with my sister in her Java hosting startup company. I have lived in Chicago ever since, pursuing various educational and employment opportunities.


"Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?" ...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, "We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay." - Charles Schultz

"Its better to burn out than to fade away." - the Kurgan, from the movie, Highlander

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." - William Shakespeare, Hamlet

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Socrates

"One cannot step twice into the same river." - Heraclitus

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

"Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something." - Plato

"I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think." - Socrates

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

"Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world." - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein