Geoff Montee has had an interest in technology ever since high school when he decided to study computer networking (Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) training), computer repair (A+ training), and C++ programming. He quickly learned that working with information technology was something that he could enjoy and turn into a career.
During his senior year of high school, he was nominated Tech Student of the Year for DoDDS-Europe, and he came in second place. At the same event, his team came in first place in the networking and computer repair categories.
Geoff also started tinkering with technology in his free time for fun. He set up a web service, FTP service, and database service (MySQL) on his desktop computer in his bedroom that he and his friends used for various purposes.
After high school, he started studying for a B.S. in Computer Science at Florida State University in 2006. Also in 2006, Geoff began working for the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS) at FSU as a system administrator.
As an oceanographic and meteorological research organization, COAPS worked with a lot of data, so databases were a major part of their technology stack. At COAPS, Geoff got a lot of experience with databases. In particular, he worked with data from Research Vessels (RVs) on the Shipboard Automated Meteorological and Oceanographic System (SAMOS) project. The RVs sent SAMOS 1-minute averages of meteorological and oceanographic data, and SAMOS provided quality control, and distributed the data in the NetCDF format. SAMOS used MySQL to store metadata and quality control information used to process the data.
After Geoff graduated with his B.S., he was offered the opportunity to work on an M.S. in Computer Science at FSU while continuing to work with COAPS on SAMOS, as well as the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) project. While working on his M.S., Geoff worked on the SAMOS 2.0 project.
Rather than receiving 1-minute averaged data from RVs like the original SAMOS, SAMOS 2.0 received raw data from RVs. This allowed SAMOS to process the data in interesting ways that couldn’t safely be done with the averaged data, such as calculating true wind speed/direction from the ship-relative wind speed/direction, the ship’s speed and the ship’s heading.
After Geoff graduated with his M.S., he was hired by the U.S. Government as a MySQL and PostgreSQL DBA. During his time at the U.S. Government, he spent a lot of time working on database security and making databases highly available.
In 2015, Geoff was hired by MariaDB Corporation as a Support Engineer. As a Support Engineer at MariaDB, Geoff helps customers with their MariaDB and MySQL issues.