Bio

Paul Short is the lead Software Architect for the U.S. Centers of Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Encounters Data Coordination Project (EDCP). His other projects at Systems Made Simple (SMS) Lockheed include CMS Durable Medical Equipment (DME), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Financial Services Center (VA FSC) Healthcare Referrals, Authorization, and Claims processing systems. He has established software coding standards, best practices, and continuous integration platforms for complex defense and healthcare systems.

Prior to joining SMS/Lockheed in 2014, Paul worked as a software engineer for 12 years in the DoD intelligence/C4ISR arenas and an additional 6 years in the private sector. His job titles and duties included principal engineer, lead technologist, technical lead, lead certification engineer, integration lead, trainer/mentor, and military messaging subject matter expert. He has a preference for systems and functional architect roles, hands-on technical work, integration, mentoring, and R&D.

His current professional interests include open source software, hardware/platform virtualization, cloud computing technologies (Amazon Web Services), messaging systems, system design, cross-systems interoperability, Enterprise Application Integration (EAI), Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA), API and component design, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (OOAD), design patterns, and algorithms. He is a proponent of test-driven design (TDD), Agile (XP/Scrum), open source solutions, continuous integration/delivery, and software product lines. His preferred development languages are Java, C#, C++, and JavaScript; his preferred development platforms are Microsoft/.Net on Windows and Java/Open Source on Linux. He is in the process of learning big data.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Writing. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an honors thesis in Computational Geometry. He was active in the student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Texas State Aikido club (co-instructor, president). He was the student speaker at his commencement ceremony (theme was impact of the GI Bill on social change).

Paul served as a U.S. Army Combat Engineer (Demolitions/Sapper) in the First Cavalry and 2nd Armor Divisions. Additional duties included equal opportunity representative (Asian-American), training NCO, range NCO, reconnaissance team member, APC driver, machine gunner, battalion intelligence clerk, and Division Automation (IT) liaison.

Paul’s life-long hobby is programming. At age 11 he picked up BASIC, FORTH, and Assembly for video game development. Before his career as a professional software engineer he developed database applications and custom scripts to automate office and clerical tasks. Since his childhood hobby has evolved into a career, his adult hobbies include weight lifting, kettlebells, aikido, and keeping his family happy.

He also enjoys dressing up his chihuahua and walking it in the park because he thinks it’s a chick magnet. Because of that behavior and the psychological trauma caused by writing a corporate biography in the 3rd-person, he is now seeking professional help.