Paul Chernick

Paul Chernick

Member of the Board of Directors at West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Greater Los Angeles Area
Information Technology and Services

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Paul Chernick's Overview

  • Software Engineer at CDI Corporation
  • Member of the Board of Directors at West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • Ambassador at West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

500+ connections

Paul Chernick's Summary

Software Engineer, Software Project Manager and Web Developer with more than 25 years of experience.

Specialties: Drupal, PHP, Database Development, Javascript, Web Site Development, C/C++, Software Process Compliance, Software Process Training, Process Improvement, Software Project Risk Management, Process Creation, Software Project Management, System Requirements

Paul Chernick's Experience

Owner / Independent Computer Consultant

Chernick Computer and Software Services

Sole Proprietorship; Myself Only; Internet industry

September 2009Present (5 years 1 month)

Providing software engineering and software project management to small and medium businesses. Services include software application development for computers, mobile phones and the internet, business process improvement and process development. Web application development based on the Drupal Content Management System.

Software Engineer

CDI Corporation

July 2013August 2014 (1 year 2 months) Agoura Hills, California

Contracting to Teradyne, Inc.

Automatic Test Equipment Control Software Engineering
Took system level requirements for software and hardware and wrote the software requirements and high level design for the device drivers that control the core infrastructure of a new System on a Chip (SOC) Automatic Test Machine Platform. Worked directly with Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineers, Logic Designers and PC Board design to develop the requirements and high level design. Was required to review and provide software approval for system requirements and FPGA logic design.

Member of the Board of Directors

West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

April 2013November 2013 (8 months) West Los Angeles, California

Building the Chambers new website. Voting on issues related to the chamber. Attempting to improve the value of being a member of the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Encouraged other members of the chamber to either join the ambassador committee or join the chamber board of directors. Encouraged other board members to use their connections to bring speakers for events.


West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

June 2010July 2013 (3 years 2 months) West Los Angeles

Support and help organize all West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce events and activities. Help new members of the chamber integrate into the chamber. Work to improve member satisfaction with the chamber. Organize calls to new members from all ambassadors. Represent the West Los Angeles chamber of commerce at ribon cuttings for new businesses and multiple chamber events such as the grand opening of the UCLA medical center in Santa Monica. Recruit new business representatives into the chamber of commerce. Lead the table networking at the monthly West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast.



Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Venture Capital & Private Equity industry

March 2011June 2013 (2 years 4 months) Droplabs 351 Clover St. Los Angeles, CA 90031

Lead Pro Drupal 7 Development Study Group, Organize Drupal Related Events. Help organize other events at Droplabs such as job fairs. Mentor less experienced people in Software Engineering, Drupal, PHP, JavaScript, C++ and Object Oriented Programming.

VP, Software Process Compliance, Senior Project Analyst


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; C; Financial Services industry

October 1999October 2009 (10 years 1 month)

Perform Project Accounting:
Assist project managers by creating, staffing and maintaining software projects in Planview as mandated by Citigroup North America Information Technology (NAIT). Track projects to completion. Review projects on monthly basis for budget and schedule variance. Lead a monthly project review meeting to surface issues and risks. Allocate staff to projects as necessary based monthly reviews to ensure on time and in budget delivery.

Perform Software Process Compliance:
Ensure that projects have all mandated deliverables and follow the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) as defined by NAIT. Perform monthly and phase based reviews of projects ensuring compliance to the SDLC.

Software Process Improvement:
Lead and participate in software process improvement work groups.

Train software project managers on the NAIT SDLC.
Train software project managers and resource managers in the use of Planview to manager their projects and staff.

Senior Software Engineer


Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; TER; Semiconductors industry

July 1984October 1999 (15 years 4 months)

Made significant contributions to the development of 4 generations of software systems that automate and control Automatic Test Equipment for semiconductor manufacturers. Made significant contributions to Software Process Improvement. Recruited engineering students from universities into the engineering department. Selected by senior software management as the leader of the SEPG August 1999.

Site Coordinator and assessor in 2 CMM Based Assessment for Internal Process Improvement.
Refined the Software Configuration Control Board processes.
Created a training program for software engineering.
Performed on site customer support, problem duplication and verification during Beta Site.

Project Manager: developed the software project plan, user model and user interface for the software portion of a new hardware/software feature.

Designed, implemented and maintained device drivers, compilers and linker loaders for 4 generations of VLSI and Memory testers.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

December 1982July 1984 (1 year 8 months)

Maintained a banner printing program for the CSUN Computer Center. The program printed banners on a Calcomp plotter. The program was written in Fortran 77.

Aided faculty, staff and students with complex computer problems. Was the answer man for the student assistants working in the computer work rooms helping students and faculty.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

February 1982December 1982 (11 months)

Computer Room Consultant:
Assisted students and faculty using the terminals and printers in the computer rooms in the Engineering and Social Sciences Buildings.
Aided all users, debugged student programs as time permitted.

Vice President and General Manager

Action Industrial Catering, Inc.

May 1978September 1981 (3 years 5 months)

Supervised the purchasing and distribution of food and food service products for 75 lunch trucks and 6 cafeterias.
Acquired accounts for lunch trucks to service.
Managed the commissary staff.
Supervised day to day operations of 75 lunch trucks.

Paul Chernick's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Ambassador

      West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
      • Economic Empowerment
      April 2010 June 2013 (3 years 3 months)

      Aided Setup and Cleanup of the spring and fall business and health expos in Brentwood.
      Organized phone calls to new members.
      Helped new members network better in the chamber.
      Helped registration at chamber events.
      Attended ribbon cutting events to make new business feel welcome.

    • Web Master

      Maestro Foundation
      • Arts and Culture
      December 2007 April 2013 (5 years 5 months)

      Donated the hosting for the Maestro Foundation.
      Built the Maestro Foundation web site.
      Maintained the Maestro Foundation web site.
      Provided the email for the Maestro Foundation.
      Maintained the email for the Maestro Foundation.

    • Ambassador

      Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
      • Economic Empowerment
      January 2012 May 2013 (1 year 5 months)

      Aided registration at Beverly Hills Events
      Assisted new members with networking

    • Walker

      March of Dimes
      • Children
      February 2003 April 2008 (5 years 3 months)

      Participated in three March of Dimes walks. Raised up to $2200 to prevent birth defects.

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Arts and Culture
      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Education
      • Human Rights
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • Huntington Library
      • LACMA
      • Friends of the LA Philharmonic
      • Maestro Foundation
      • West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
      • Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce
      • March of Dimes

Paul Chernick's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

Paul Chernick's Projects

  • Victoria Garden Mews

    • July 2012 to July 2012
    Team Members: Paul Chernick, Holly Lepere

    Developed the website from PDF files provided by Lepere Studios.

  • SpecTACKular, Inc

    • November 2011 to Present
    Team Members: Paul Chernick, Sherry Mclean, Rudy Amparano, Michael Marsello

    Initially provided training for portions of the existing Drupal website. Transferred the website from the original developers hosting solution to a hosting company. Updated Drupal core for security reasons. Modified the ubercart coupon module to allow for free shipping. Currently maintaining and expanding the functionality of the online store. Working on improving the search engine optimization. Currently the lead developer on the website.

  • Teachers Test Prep

    • September 2012 to November 2012
    Team Members: Paul Chernick, Stephen Kowalski, Jay Tulathimutte

    Under the direction of Stephen Kowalski I designed and implemented a Drupal module for single sign-on between Teachers Test Prep and one of their partners. Jay Tulathimutte was responsible for setting up the test environment, the GIT repository and implemented the encryption/decryption portion of the single sign on module. Both Jay and I worked on upgrading the Teachers Test Prep home page and modifying the theme. All three of us ported the existing Drupal website from one hosting company to another hosting company to improve up time. I provided Drupal training for Stephen and Jay.

  • CDC Product Change Item reporting tool

    • May 2002 to October 2009
    Team Members: Paul Chernick

    Conceptualized, designed and developed a reporting system in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications and Oracle SQL 8i which downloaded, organized and sorted Self Service Devices Product Change Items from an Oracle database. Prior to the development of this tool the work was done manually. Developed the requirements, functional specification, design and solution.
    Supported the reporting tool for seven years.

Paul Chernick's Skills & Expertise

  1. Drupal
  2. JavaScript
  3. PHP
  4. C++
  5. Software Engineering
  6. Software Project Management
  7. SEPG
  8. Process Improvement
  9. Process Development
  10. CMM
  11. Business Process Improvement
  12. Unix
  13. UML
  14. Human Computer Interaction
  15. Perl
  16. Object Oriented Design
  17. Software Requirements
  18. SDLC
  19. Software Development
  20. Agile Methodologies
  21. Requirements Analysis
  22. Web Development
  23. Integration
  24. Process Simulation
  25. Databases
  26. MySQL
  27. VBA
  28. Linux
  29. Compiler Construction
  30. OOP
  31. Quality Assurance
  32. Testing
  33. Web Applications
  34. Agile Project Management
  35. Open Source
  36. Apache
  37. Web Services
  38. XML
  39. System Architecture
  40. Git
  41. Eclipse
  42. Subversion
  43. Mobile Applications
  44. Visual Studio
  45. C#
  46. Software Design

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Paul Chernick's Education

Carnegie Mellon University

Certification, Instructor Training for the Introduction to the Capability Maturity Model for Software


SEPG Conferences: 1998 Chicago, 1999 Atlanta, 2000 Seattle, 2001 New Orleans
Interim Profile Assessment, Oct. 1998

Activities and Societies: Los Angeles Software Process Improvment Network (SPIN) IEEE Computer Society Association for Computing Machines (ACM)

California State University-Northridge

BS, Computer Science


Activities and Societies: Treasurer Computer Science Association, ACM

Beverly Hills High School


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