Ann K. Knauth

2425 Noyes St.
Evanston, IL 60201


  • Over 14 years of experience designing and developing web sites and web communication strategies.
  • Experience in project management, interface development, usability testing, and content management.
  • Directed the redesign and re-architecture of two academic organizations and affiliated sites.
  • Chaired web committees charged with needs evaluation, project planning and standards development.


Northwestern University School of Communication
, Evanston, IL
July, 2007 to present

  • Redesigned the School of Communication’s web site successfully meeting management design requirements and specifications; established standard templates and styles; migrated and updated all content.
  • Co-directed the implementation of Drupal Commons as an intranet site for academic learning communities; lead the on-going design, administration and development; provide training and support for faculty, staff, students and alumni.
  • Manage site design, architecture and content; provide page layout, content editing and writing, and graphic design.
  • Work collaboratively with school and university network administrators on web server administration; direct and supervise the work of staff, including a PHP programmer and part-time students; work closely with the director of communication, director of curricular support, departments, undergraduate office and the Theatre and Interpretation Center.
  • Manage back-end development of the content management system and applications; identify opportunities to streamline processes, offer solutions and prioritize requests.
  • Member of the Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
March, 2006 to July, 2007

  • Designed Resource Guide Plus, a searchable repository of publications and associated lesson plans. The application allowed educators to submit lessons to be reviewed and published by Federal Reserve economic education staff.
  • Implemented a system for event registrations and surveys that reduced development time from days to minutes; established templates and common database tables; provided event coordinators with secured access to registrant pages.
  • Member of the web team charged with maintaining the intranet and public web sites and developing applications that support business needs. Led project teams that included editors, designers, developers and database administrators.
  • St. Louis district representative on system-wide project teams charged with the redesign of national gateway sites for internal communication linking the 12 districts.
  • Conducted various usability exercises including card sorting, interviews and paper prototyping.
  • Wrote weekly news stories for internal communications.

Aurora Systems Group, St. Louis, MO / MasterCard International
August, 2005 to March, 2006

  • Successfully implemented and promoted QuickPlace as a project communication tool for development teams to manage tasks and documents.
  • Participated in usability labs; worked with usability analysts on design solutions.
  • Worked with business owners to define project scope and document requirements.
  • Translated requirements into a technical form for developers. Managed requirements from development through production.
  • Worked closely with cross-functional teams to track key deliverables.
  • Designed and implemented test cases.

Purdue University College of Science, West Lafayette, IN
April, 2003 to August, 2005

  • Directed the establishment of a common web presence for all academic departments in the College within a four month timeline. Successfully managed a diverse group of webmasters of varying abilities and resources, establishing guidelines and standards for site organization and design.
  • Spearheaded the implementation of centrally hosted web resources for targeted audiences. Eight separately managed web sites provide links to these resources, reducing redundancies and increasing maintenance efficiency.
  • Managed site design, architecture and content for Science Administration and the Science Counseling Office; proactively sought out content and collaborative projects to continually improve upon the College’s web presence.
  • Led clients through planning and content development and performed content editing.
  • Established “Tip-of-the-Week”. Composed weekly tips for web and pc usage.
  • Chaired College of Science Web Committee.

City of Evanston, Evanston, IL
August, 2000 to March, 2003

  • Developed the City’s first web site, both architecture and design, and provided all content editing covering the municipal government offices and 13 departments.
  • Secured news and calendar software and identified key stakeholders for content and data entry.
  • Sought out projects for streamlining city services using online capabilities. Identified and created numerous applications to allow citizens to conduct business with the City.

National Weather Service (NWS), Romeoville, IL
November, 1998 to August, 2000

  • Designed and developed WXCODER (Web Transmitted Cooperative Observer Data Encoded Report), the first online data entry system for the NWS observer program. WXCODER is now used nationwide.
  • Wrote summaries of weather events for publication in the National Climatic Data Center’s Storm Data archive.
  • Participated as a mentor in the DataStreme Project, a professional development program for K-12 teachers.

Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL
May, 2000 to August, 2000

Co-Taught a summer course in Meteorology; prepared lessons and exams; assigned final grades.

National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), Norman, OK
April, 1997 to November, 1998

  • Conceived the idea and theme elements, and developed content for the educational on-line storybook VORTEX: Unraveling the Secrets . The site received “Best of the WWW” award within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.
  • Supported web needs of NSSL, the Storm Prediction Center and NWS Norman.
  • Fielded numerous media requests providing content for news articles; conducted educational tours for groups ranging from elementary school to senior citizens.
  • Chaired NSSL Web Committee.

Education & Training:

Web Developer Program. Fall 2001.
School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information Systems: Institute for Professional Development.

Master of Science (Research), Meteorology.
August, 1994 to August, 1996

Bachelor of Science, Meteorology. Minor in Math.
Graduated with Distinction.
August, 1990 to May, 1994


Extensive experience in:

  • HTML
  • Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Acrobat
  • DHTML: CSS, JavaScript, PHP
  • MySQL
  • Apache web server administration

Experience in:

  • Drupal content management system
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux and Ubuntu Server, Windows Desktop and Server
  • Adobe Flash and Photoshop
  • Subversion
  • XML
  • Coldfusion, ASP, Perl and CGI scripts
  • IIS web server administration
  • MS-SQL, Enterprise Manager; Microsoft Access

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