Raymond Rusk

Job: Research Programmer Analyst
Email: rrusk@uvic.ca

Phone Number: 250-472-5881

PhD Degree: Radio Astronomy, University of Toronto, 1988
MSc Degree: Astronomical Instrumentation, University of Toronto, 1981
MSc Degree: Mathematical Physics, University of Saskatchewan, 1980
BSc Honours: Physics, University of Saskatchewan, 1974
BSc Major: Computer Science, Software Engineering Option, University of Victoria, 2007.

Address: Engineering and Computer Science Building (ECS) Room 448

Raymond Rusk is a senior research programmer analyst working on the SCOOP project at the University of Victoria. SCOOP is funded by the University of British Columbia through the Island Medical Program.

After receiving his Ph.D. in Radio Astronomy at the University of Toronto, Raymond worked as a Defence Scientist (DS-4) in the Electromagnetics Group of Defence Research Establishment Pacific (DREP) developing instruments to measure electric and magnetic fields in seawater. DREP closed in 1994 because of federal government budget cut-backs.

Rather than leave Victoria, Raymond moved into IT, first spending four years in Network Services at the University of Victoria as a Programmer Analyst and a year with the Faculty of Engineering, also working as a Programmer Analyst. During Y2K, Raymond was the Senior Systems Engineer at Open School. He then worked as a Systems Scientist at the Pacific Forestry Centre for a year and spent seven and a half years working at the Herzberg Institute of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, mostly developing software for a large radio telescope array in Chile.

More recently, Raymond has worked for Telocate developing software for tracking devices, worked on the NFIS project at the Pacific Forestry Centre, spent several years working as a contractor for Cisco at Priologic and in March 2013, joined the Symbioses team, bringing more than 20 years of IT and software development experience.

Interspersed during these years of full-time employment, Raymond completed a part-time second BSc in Computer Science and has taught Software Engineering courses at the University of Victoria and the Operating Systems course at Camosun College. While Raymond has extensive experience in network and system administration as well as devops, his passion is software development.