Hi there, my name is
Radison Akerman.
I lead teams who deliver exceptional digital experiences. Currently, I'm studying CS + Business @ UIC, project managing a team of 7, and co-building Pulqra – a mission capitalist creative marketing collective.
Check out my lecture at UIC!
01. About Me
Portrait of Radison

Hello there! I’m Radison, a creative leader, project manager, computer science student, and professional photographer. My interest in digital technology started back in middle school when I tinkered with microcontrollers and competed in FIRST LEGO League competitions — it turns out you can learn a lot from bits of plastic and expensive servos.

Fast-forward to today, where I’ve had the privilege of working at a R1 research university, a department of the U.S. government, a U.S. Senate campaign, a start-up, and an event management group. Nowadays, you’ll find me relentlessly building and operationally leading Pulqra, a creative marketing collective with over 200 collaborations worldwide.

I’m also juggling quite a few responsibilities at the University of Illinois Chicago. For starters, I am studying computer science and business full-time (with a 4.0 GPA, whoop!). I also project manage and work directly with 6+ software developers under the College of Engineering. Together we've developed over 10 full-stack web applications used by 1000's on campus.

Making an impact is part of my DNA, especially when it comes to personal projects. I recently gave two distinct 300-level guest lectures at UIC about Exploding Chickens — a popular web-based card game I built with my friends. We dove deep into project management, design patterns, code review, and test coverage.

Exploding Chickens fanned the flames (literally) and acted as a springboard for both my professional skills and further projects down the line. I now independently host 10 web services, 2 web products generating revenue, and 5 organizational members who help make these ideas a reality.

In my spare time, I love to building things with my hands (woodworking, small electronics), volunteering in the community, and competing in endurance triathlons. Just this past summer, I finished 214th out of 2,456 in the Chicago Triathlon, Olympic distance — my first ever multisport race.

02. Experience
Where I've Worked
Lasting impacts. Pushing things further.
Project Manager & Software Engineer @ University of Illinois Chicago
Sep 2021 - Present // Chicago, IL
  • Managed a team of 7 web developers working on over 10 large-scale, full-stack web applications
  • Developed and maintained custom full-stack web applications on Nuxt, Laravel, Vue/React, SQL, used by 3,000+ users
  • Integrated new project management software (Paymo) and maintained framework templates/documentation in Github
  • Single-handedly developed and published a Shibboleth (SAML SSO) to Express (Node.js) authentication package on npm
  • Drafted and enforced university IT policies and procedures, identified data risks across all 500+ faculty and staff
Executive Operations Director @ Pulqra
Mar 2020 - Present // United States
  • Co-built and operationally led Pulqra, a mission-capitalist creative marketing collective
  • Reimagined businesses and artists by designing over 5 commercial websites and social portfolios from scratch
  • Rendered services to over 200 clients worldwide — from photography to social media management to copywriting
Digital Lead @ Steven Olikara for U.S. Senate
May 2022 - Sep 2022 // Milwaukee, WI
  • Completely rebuilt campaign website from the ground up using Nuxt, Tailwinds, visited by 1,000’s of Wisconsinites daily
  • Secured sensitive campaign data and digital infrastructure against cyber attacks using Cloudflare, NGP VAN, Informr
  • Worked with a team of web developers and content creators to rapidly push media; took photographs in the field
Web Security Intern @ U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Oct 2021 - Jun 2022 // Remote
  • Penetration tested dmeinterns.org using Wireshark, SQLmap, and other web scanning tools, evaluated WordPress plugins
  • Created strict security standards for 250+ interns, conducted phishing campaigns on all website users
  • Educated other VA departments on password protocol and breach prevention through Slack
Software Engineering Intern @ University of Illinois Chicago
Jun 2021 - Sep 2021 // Chicago, IL
  • Maintained and redesigned a custom space-and-access management system using Laravel, Vue, SQL
  • Created new documentation and issue reporting standards with Atlassian Jira, Bitbucket, increasing readability by 3-fold
  • Presented projects to university admin and trained faculty/staff on application usage regularly (via MS Teams, Calendly)
03. Projects
RAkerman Foundation
Exploding Chickens
A beautiful, online alternative to the popular Exploding Kittens card game. Built on Node.js with nearly 1000 games played by 600+ players, led development and a team of 5.
Node.js
MongoDB
Mocha
Handlebars
Vue
Tailwinds
Auth0
Stripe
Pulqra
Steven Olikara Website
A foundational website supporting Steven Olikara’s 2022 run for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. Completely rebuilt from the ground up with unified colors, textures, and mobile optimizations.
Nuxt
Cloudflare Workers/KV
Tailwinds
Other Neat Stuff
Mighty projects. Huge breadth.
May blow your socks off.
  • Mark 4
    A fourth attempt at Radison Akerman's personal website. Notes of programming, cleanliness, and unification
    Nuxt
    Cloudflare Workers/KV
    Tailwinds
  • Informr
    A web form submission intermediary leveraging edge cloud compute
    Nuxt
    Cloudflare Workers/KV/R2
    Auth0
    Typescript
    Tailwinds
    Mailgun
  • Pulqra Website
    A minimalist website showcasing Pulqra's vision, product, and collaborations worldwide
    Nuxt
    Cloudflare Workers/KV
    Tailwinds
  • RAkerman Linker
    A simple url shortener that can be deployed in a pinch on Cloudflare Workers + KV
    Nuxt
    Cloudflare Workers/KV
    Typescript
    Tailwinds
  • Passport UIC Shibboleth
    A npm package that integrates Shibboleth's SAML SSO with Node.js Express web apps
    Node.js
    Express
    SAML
    Vite
    Tailwinds
  • Space and Key
    A full-stack web app streamlining data entry between physical accesses and spaces
    Nuxt
    Auth0
    SQL
    Tailwinds
04. Photography
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05. Get In Touch
What's next? Well, that is up to you. Here's a few options based on what your looking for:
>> A. "I need a group of highly-driven creatives that can do anything"
Check out Pulqra, we'd be thrilled to collab with you over our catalogue of services.
>> B. "HELP! I'm searching far and wide for a leader in computer wizardry"
Take a gander at my resume, if you think we'd be a match (yay!) fill out the good ole' contact form.
>> C. "Whoa. I don't even know where to start but let's chat"
My inbox is always open. I'm constantly running cycling around, so when I come to a stop I'll give you a shout.
Please don't solicit with products + services, I make all of those myself ;-)