Matt Mencel
Cloud Automation Engineer - SRE

Matt lives and works in West Central Illinois. He earned a degree from Western Illinois University and spent 5 years in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently a Cloud Automation Engineer with 10th Magnitude out of Chicago and works remotely. Prior to that he spent 15+ years at Western Illinois University as a full time SysAdmin. These days he passes the time consulting with clients, helping them implement DevOps practices and architecting solutions using tools like Terraform, Azure DevOps, Chef, and Kubernetes.
10th Magnitude
2018-02-26 - Ongoing
Cloud Automation Engineer
  • Consulting
  • Solutions
Western Illinois University
2002-09-01 - 2018-02-23
SysAdmin & Server Team Manager
  • Support several hundred RHEL, Ubuntu, Solaris, and Windows systems (virtual and bare metal) across multiple sites
  • Use Chef configuration management and deployment automation to manage systems, including a CI pipeline using Gitlab and CI runners in Kubernetes
  • Created an automated provisioning pipeline for bringing new CoreOS nodes into the Kubernetes cluster
  • Use Sensu, Graphite, and Logstash (ELK) to provide better monitoring and visualization into the environment
  • Wrote a Ruby application to automate the migration of approximately 40,000 email accounts from several legacy mail systems to Google Apps
  • Wrote a Ruby/Rails identity provisioning application
Computer Masters International, Inc
1999-01-15 - 2002-08-28
IT Consultant
  • Supported the IT needs of dozens of local small to medium sized businesses and government organizations
  • Implemented secure point-to-point VPNs between multiple rural sites across long distance wireless links
United States Marine Corps
1994-01-01 - 1998-12-31
  • Served in a 'Signals Intelligence' unit
  • Held a top secret SCI clearance
  • Oversaw IT operations in the unit SCIF
  • Multiple overseas deployments
West Prairie School District
2013-05-01 - 2017-04-31
School Board Member
West Prairie is a rural K-12 school district serving about 450 students.
    Western Illinois University
    Liberal Arts, CS Emphasis - Bachelor of Science
    1989-08-20 - 1993-12-15
    Native speaker
    System Administration
    • Configuration Management (Chef)
    • SCM (Git, Gitlab)
    • VMware (vCenter, ESXi, VDI)
    • Storage (FC, iSCSI, NFS, ZFS, LVM)
    • Directory Services (LDAP, AD)
    • Email Systems (Postfix, Google Apps, Zimbra)
    • Databases (MySQL, Postgres, Oracle)
    • Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu)
    • Monitoring (Sensu, Graphite)
    • Web Stack (Apache, Tomcat)
    System Administration
    • Kubernetes/Docker
    • Windows Server
    • Logging (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana)
    • Message Queueing (Redis, RabbitMQ)
    • Web Stack (Nginx)
    • Ruby
    • Board
    • Turn-Based Strategy