I'm Andrew Volpe

Systems Administrator

Vintage computer collector

Underwater photographer

North of Boston

About Me

I've worked in IT for over 14 years and have been a sysadmin for the past 8. I collect, restore, and display vintage computers. To that end, I volunteer at a computer museum on the weekends. I'm also a SCUBA diver and take pictures while underwater - see some highlights at the bottom of the page!

  • Name: Andrew Volpe
  • Age: 33
  • Job: Systems Administrator
  • Citizenship: USA
  • Residence: Tewksbury, MA
  • E-mail: andrew@volpe.live
April 2019 - Present
Lead Systems Administrator - MIT Lincoln Lab

- Served as lead system administrator for medium-sized, high visibility program. Took over while project was mid-life and remediated architectural deficits. Executed purchases of equipment, configured, and deployed according to strict security standards. Stood up and integrated Linux environment into existing infrastructure. Deployed several applications and services including Jira, Confluence, Bamboo, Bitbucket, and Exchange and integrated into domain. Introduced automation tools into every aspect of environment to improve system integrity, manageability, and availability. Worked closely with information security and assurance team to ensure environment remained compliant with government sponsor requirements. Led effort from system administration side to successfully pass multiple on-site sponsor inspections. Won multiple awards for this effort.

- Primary custodian and administrator for group’s high side network and closed area. Responsible for training users on both physical and cyber security aspects of environment. Primary point of contact for all user concerns. Installs, maintains, and upgrades all systems within security boundary. Meets with security biweekly to remediate any issues.

- IT lead for group consisting of about 50 staff. Sets and executes strategic vision for group’s IT needs. Liaison to IT manager at the division level to report status and advocate for group. Meets with IT leads from other groups in division on a weekly basis to share best practices.

- Sole system administrator for telescope observatory field site. Handles all IT issues that occur. Authored report and initiated multi-year project to upgrade legacy telescope control and sensing systems.

August 2014 - April 2019
Senior Systems Administrator - The MITRE Corporation

Self-managed with daily operational duties and long-term projects. Managed the technical infrastructure for several closed areas and provided lifecycle support for all systems. Responsible for securing, auditing, and remediating vulnerabilities in closed areas. Acted as the point of contact for workers within the labs regarding technical issues. Some projects include: Researched cloud alternatives for government computing work. Designed, deployed, and managed hundreds of nodes in the AWS environment for benchmarking purposes with Ansible. Deployed a high-availability distributed cluster for image processing. Built servers from parts and configured with cluster technologies such as GlusterFS. Earned an award for this project. Wrote a PowerShell-based utility for analyzing Windows event logs which is used extensively throughout the campus. Developed a Python-based utility for simplified creation of discs containing patches and antivirus definitions.

June 2011 - August 2014
IT Technician - JN Phillips Autoglass

Worked in a small IT team to service about 200 desktop and laptop computers, 150 Android tablets, and 20 servers, both physical and virtual. Performed regular help desk work such as responding to e-mailed tickets and phone calls. Assisted both local and remote users via LogMeIn remote access. Performed maintenance and upgrades on Windows servers in a VMWare infrastructure. Took charge of many security aspects including antivirus infrastructure, spam filtering, firewall configuration and monitoring, and malware remediation. Initiated and executed several projects including implementing a custom database solution for devices, building standardized desktop imaging infrastructure, and standardizing and clustering ESXi hosts.

September 2022 - July 2024 (expected)
Master of Science in Information Technology

University of Massachusetts Lowell

January 2015 - May 2016
Graduate Certificate in Network Security

University of Massachusetts Lowell

January 2012 - July 2014
Bachelor of Science/Business Administration in Management Information Systems

University of Massachusetts Lowell

September 2008 - July 2011
Associate of Science in Information Technology

Middlesex Community College

Operating Systems
  • Windows & Windows Server
  • Linux - RHEL/CentOS & Ubuntu/Debian
  • VMWare ESXi & vCenter
  • Free/Open/NetBSD
Technologies & Applications
  • Deploying and managing popular web apps, such as the Atlassian stack, Jenkins, & Wordpress
  • NAS & SAN storage (Dell, TrueNAS, Synology, QNAP, Windows, and many more)
  • TCP/IP switching & firewalls (not that great at routing or other fancy network stuff)
  • OS image creation & deployment (MDT/WDS, Acronis, Ghost, Clonezilla)
  • Desktop & server backup (Veeam, Backup Exec, & NetBackup)
  • Ansible automation
  • Securing operating systems and applications according to benchmarks such as the DISA STIG
  • Managing and deploying patches and updates (WSUS, PDQ Deploy, Red Hat Satellite)
Coding & Scripting Skills
  • PowerShell
  • Bash
  • Python / CircuitPython
  • Arduino C

Certified 2017


Museum Volunteer - Rhode Island Computer Museum (February 2022 - Present)

Restore donated vintage computers to working state and configure for demonstration suitable for exhibition. Set up small, mostly Arduino-based electronics projects suitable for hands on activities. Give guided tours of exhibits and lead hands on activities to museum visitors.

HOA Board of Trustees Secretary & Webmaster - DiPalma Estates (March 2020 - March 2022)

Elected to homeowners association board of trustees for the condo complex in which I live. Held joint position of secretary and webmaster. As webmaster, responsible for maintaining the association’s website based on Wordpress. As secretary, responsible for taking minutes during monthly meetings, writing, posting, and delivering notices to homeowners, and signing official documents relating to sales of homes.

Marine Mammal Dive Volunteer - New England Aquarium (August 2018 - March 2020)

On a weekly basis, dove on SCUBA in seal & sea lion enclosures to vacuum algae from exhibit floor and walls. As scientific diver, gathered data on algae growth and recorded electronically.

Tech Projects
PyPortal weather display
Arduino NTP clock
MagTag retirement clock
Underwater Photos