Greg Hiscott

Greg Hiscott

Software Engineer

Greater Los Angeles Area

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Greg Hiscott's Overview

  • Control System Engineering Technician at MWD
  • Associate Member at Tournament of Roses
  • Internet Manager at
  • Senior Computing Analyst at Caltech - LIGO Project
  • Programmer at Light Signatures
  • Game Programmer at Datasoft

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Greg Hiscott's Summary

Architecting and programming water treatement automation for water treatment plants. Experienced with Ozone Disinfection, chemical application, reclamation processes, environmental Saftey systems and water turbidity.

In water distribution, experienced in controlling distribution processes, reservoir monitoring, flow monitoring, level control and flow control.

Responsible for planning automation tests, obtaining clearances and outages to conduct tests, interpreting test results and authoring test reports.

Operational experience with Wide Area Networks utilizing Frame, Point to point, MPLS and cellular telephone circuits. Experienced with programming Cisco routers and switches, encryption, troubleshooting and maintenance.

Experienced at managing server clusters for web service, video streaming, email and database.

Experienced programmer in several languages. Most recently C++, C#, Perl and Visual Basic.

Object Oriented Design

Specialties: CentOS Guru
Redhat Linux
Ubuntu Desktop
Network Security
Apple OS X (Mavericks)
Virtualization Architect
Oracle DBA
MySQL Administration/Installation/Backup
Windows Server 2008
Windows 7/Visual Studio
OSISoft PI Server Administration
DbProtect Certified by TrustWave/AppSec

Greg Hiscott's Experience

Control System Engineering Technician


Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Utilities industry

June 2002Present (12 years 4 months)

Write software to control the treatment and distribution of water to all of Southern California. Languages used are C++, C and various scripting languages.

Write requirements documents for water treatment automation. Write test plans for software that controls water treatment processes. Specific functions include: level control, pressure control, flow control, environmental safety monitoring, pressure control structure management, distribution management, chemical flow pacing, leak detection.

Evaluate PAC and PLC platforms and development environments. Working with Rockwell, GE , Opto22 and Moxa brand platforms.

Provide design input for development environment. Evaluate development tools and make recommendations as to which to use.

Associate Member

Tournament of Roses

2002Present (12 years) Pasadena, California

In 2012 I participated in the staging of my tenth parade. The 2013 parade, I will be working with the Judging Committee. The Judging Committee tabulates the results and assists the judges with viewing and gathering the scoring information. My 2015 assignment is Float Construction Committee so I will be looking forward to being involved with fielding the floats for the next two years.

Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Entertainment industry

20022014 (12 years)


Key Connections, Inc

19972004 (7 years)

Senior Unix Consultant

RAND Corporation

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Think Tanks industry

April 1999October 1999 (7 months)

Designed and implemented upgrade procedures for the Sun servers in preparation for Y2K. Audited several software product sources for Y2K conformance.

Internet Manager

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Entertainment industry

19971999 (2 years)

I was responsible for planning and implementation of server and network resources for the content delivery network (CDN). Also lead a team of technicians in performing installations and upgrades to Sun and Windows based servers. Evaluated ad delivery systems, streaming media systems and chat room systems. Provided e-mail services for the entire company.

Senior Computing Analyst

Caltech - LIGO Project

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

April 1988August 1997 (9 years 5 months)

Architected the LAN and WAN networks for the group. The group was spread out throughout several buildings on the Caltech campus and ultimately between MIT, CIT, Hanford Washington and Livingston LA.

Operate Sun Microsystems datacenter. Maintained SUNOS servers to provide general computing resources for the project members. Plan operating system updates, network upgrades and hardware maintenance. Plan and procure equipment for a project that transitioned from proposal state to operational state.

Wrote programs to be used in solving a variety of engineering questions. For example, I wrote a data acquisition and analysis program for the vacuum engineers who were studying the outgassing of stainless steel. Another example was a cut and fill program for the civil engineers who were calculating the amount of earth moving necessary for the various LIGO sites that were proposed.

Provided desktop support for Macintosh, Windows and Sun Unix to the project group members.


Light Signatures

19861988 (2 years)

Used the VRTX real time operating system to implement a stock certificate processing machine. I was responsible for several of the controller subsystem libraries. I also wrote loaders for the controller software to boot up on power-up of the controller. The controller was an IBM-AT machine.

I was also the network administrator for the development group LAN. We implemented an ungerman-bass fileserver package.

Game Programmer


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Defense & Space industry

January 1982January 1984 (2 years 1 month)

Video game programmer for Atari, Apple ][ and Commodore 64 platforms. Programmed games in 6502 assembly language. Wrote loaders, graphics utilities, software protection and mastering software for many of the games produced by the company. Was a principal programmer for Moon Shuttle, Juno First and a contributing programmer for Zaxxon, Pooyan & Saracen.

Greg Hiscott's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Associate Member

      Pasadena Tournament of Roses
      • Arts and Culture
      February 2001 present (13 years 8 months)

      Rewarding and challenging and fun!

Greg Hiscott's Skills & Expertise

  1. Unix
  2. Network Security
  3. Perl
  4. Linux
  5. Programming
  6. Servers
  7. Solaris
  8. Databases
  9. MySQL
  10. Virtualization
  11. Red Hat Linux
  12. System Administration
  13. OS X
  14. Networking
  15. Mac OS X
  16. C++
  17. C
  18. Windows
  19. Network Administration
  20. Cloud Computing
  21. Firewalls
  22. Shell Scripting
  23. Ubuntu
  24. LDAP
  25. Unix Shell Scripting
  26. VPN
  27. Network Design
  28. IDS
  29. IPS
  30. RedHat
  31. Security
  32. PHP
  33. VxWorks
  34. Wonderware
  35. iFix
  36. Cisco IOS
  37. Cisco Routers
  38. MPLS Networking
  39. Frame Relay
  40. Visual Studio
  41. Hadoop
  42. NoSQL
  43. Software Development
  44. LAMP
  45. SLC500
  46. Allen Bradley
  47. Water Treatment

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Greg Hiscott's Education


Control System Security


Activities and Societies: Studied best practices in preventing intrusion into industrial control systems - at Idaho National Laboratory. Participated in Red/Blue team exercises.

University of Redlands

MBA, Business


California State University-Northridge

BSCS, Software engineering methods & cryptology


Was engineering major for two years before changing major to Computer Science

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