Information Technology

Laura McCord

Areas of expertise

Portal development, Open-Source, Object-Oriented, Systems and Web Programming

Programming Languages: C/C++, JAVA, Spring MVC, Servlets, XML/XSLT, ASP/.NET, VBScript, Perl, PHP, Javascript, JQuery, AJAX, Flash Action Scripting, 

Other: Web Services, SOAP, ADO (ActiveX Data Objects), COM (Component Object Model), Exchange Server, Active Directory, LDAP, Tomcat, Apache, IIS, Zope, Plone, CashNet, Moodle, Segue, Sakai, CAS (Central Authentication Service)

Databases: Postgres, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle 

Tools: Eclipse IDE, JUnit, Maven, Ant, Visual Studio 


MS, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi 2004
BS, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi 2001


Web Programmer/Analyst
Southwestern University
September 01, 2005 - present
Develop and maintain custom web applications for various departments on campus. Other responsibilities include developing and administrating the campus portal system.

Systems Programmer
Doucet and Associates, Inc.
November 01, 2003 - September 01, 2005
Responsibilities included systems administrating, developing custom web applications, and automating day-to-day business operations.

Research Programmer/ Analyst
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
May 01, 2002 - December 01, 2003
Developed/researched three dimensional graphic simulations of the Corpus Christi Bay for use by the Conrad Blutcher Institute using the C programming language with openGL.

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses

Professional Work

The following is a list that highlights a handful of projects that I have been involved with:

  • Profile System - This application allows faculty and staff users to enter professional information about themselves in one central system to be dispersed within various areas of the Southwestern University public website.
  • Campus Portal System - A central application using the uPortal framework for users to access various campus information using single-sign-on capabilities.
  • IPReg (version 2) - Network inventory system
  • Financial Estimator
  • Faculty Exchange System
  • Faculty/Staff Experts System
  • Campus Notices Application
  • CashNet payment integration
  • Wordpress Sites
  • EzProxy Online Library Databases
  • mySouthwestern custom portlet development
  • Password Change Application
  • Custom scripts for automation
  • SU Calendar system
  • Custom Livewhale widget programming
  • EJSE (Electronic Journal of Science Education)

Seminars & Presentations

  • Designing and Implementing the Next Generation Campus Portal (2008, Higher Ed Hero Audio Conference)
  • myPortal, New Portal, We All Scream for uPortal! (2008, Gettysburg Portal Conference)

Honors & Awards

2007 CASE Grand Award for the Financial Estimator

Groups & Affiliations

  • Jasig Member
  • Jasig uPortal Steering Committee - 2010 -present
  • Jasig uPortal Documentation Coordinator - 2010 - present


Interests include baking, reading, traveling, and stitching.