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About Antonio W. Lagnada

Antonio or Tony, a highly-motivated Senior Software Engineer with extensive experience in designing, developing, and supporting enterprise-wide client/server systems. Antonio’s programming expertise includes agile, test-driven, XP practices using object-oriented, open-source, and clean coding Java technologies.

I. Background and Experience

Antonio received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, Minneapolis Campus. After working as an I.O. Processor Applications Engineer at IBM’s Input Output Processor Group and a Design Engineer II at LSI Logic, he transitioned to software engineering in 2001. Since then, he has worked for companies such as a Java Developer at 3M Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota, and as a Senior Software Dev Engineer for Disney, Precor, and Expedia in Bellevue and Seattle.

His years of experience in programming and commitment to staying up-to-date with the latest practices are evident in his work. If you decide to work with him, you can be confident that you’ll be able to tap into his expertise and benefit from his knowledge.



II. Writing Credentials

Antonio’s passion for technology and innovation is evident in his writing. In fact, his very first technical article, written in 1993, explored the potential of email and its impact on the mail industry. Since then, Antonio has continued to share his expertise and insights through numerous articles, many of which can be found on his website, https://kapresoft.com. His articles cover a wide range of topics, from programming languages and software development to emerging technologies and industry trends. With his extensive knowledge and ability to communicate complex technical concepts in a clear and concise manner, Antonio’s articles are a valuable resource for anyone interested in the field of technology.

III. Personal Life

Welcome to the United States

Having accomplished his impressive graduation feat, he set out to gain valuable work experience at a local McDonald’s in Faribault, flipping burgers and building essential skills in time management, customer service, and teamwork. Coming from a diverse background, he had moved from Butuan City, Philippines to the colder climate of Northfield, MN and attended Northfield High School. Despite the challenges he faced along the way, his hard work and dedication paid off, allowing him to achieve his goal of graduating at the young age of 16, bypassing middle school.

U.S. Army Regular

At a young age of 17, Tony joined the United States Army Regular as a Motor Transport Operator (88M). His journey shows the resilience and dedication to serve his country, and he is grateful for the opportunity to do so after graduating from high school. When he first joined the Army, he struggled with the physical demands of basic training due to being overweight. However, he maintained a positive attitude and worked hard to overcome the challenge.

Antonio was officially stationed at Camp Casey, situated in Dongducheon, South Korea, where he spent a total of six months over two summers helping to guard the border at the DMZ.

During the initial DMZ mission, he was temporarily stationed at Camp Liberty Bell, which is within walking distance of the DMZ Check Point leading up to the DMZ. Antonio completed more than 50 missions in the DMZ, encompassing both day and night operations. His responsibilities included dropping off and picking up patrols while maintaining a vigilant watch on North Korean soldiers through the looking glass. As a result of his dedication and service, Antonio received the Imjun Scout Certificate for his outstanding contributions to the DMZ missions.

As a result of Desert Storm, his orders were extended, leading to his participation in the second DMZ rotation. For the second DMZ rotation, Antonio was temporarily stationed at Warrior Base, which is located within 2 km from the DMZ Check Point leading up to the DMZ border. During this time, he was a member of the DMZ Quick Reaction Force (QRF), conducting regular trainings within the DMZ border. Warrior Base, situated approximately 2 miles of the DMZ Gate to the border, is where troops stay during the annual DMZ rotation. It’s like a semi-temporary camp with buildings, tents and quonset huts, similar to the M.A.S.H. TV series.

While stationed in Camp Casey, he had the opportunity to participate in multi brigade-wide alert drills several times. In addition to the DMZ missions, these drills simulated the preparation for an attack from North Korea, a challenging task for any soldier, especially someone as young as he was at the time. It was a humbling experience to be part of such critical training exercises.

The experiences he gained during his time in the Army were invaluable, teaching him important skills and lessons that he has carried with him throughout his life. He learned the significance of discipline, teamwork, and leadership, which have played a crucial role in his subsequent endeavors.

After the Army

At the age of 20, he left the Army after serving for 3 years and transitioned to the Minnesota Army National Guard, where he served for 5 years while attending college.

After completing his service in the Army, he took advantage of the Veteran’s Administration G.I. Bill and U.S. Army Fund Benefits to pursue higher education. He enrolled in Mankato State University (now known as Minnesota State University) and took on several side jobs to help pay for his college and apartment expenses. Additionally, he joined the MN Army National Guard to take advantage of their 50% tuition assistance and book reimbursements program. Eventually, he transferred to the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology (now called College of Science & Engineering since 2010) to continue his studies.

Minnesota Army National Guard: Faribault, MN

He made a bold move and retrained from a Motor Transport Operator (88M) to an Infantryman (11B), known as “Eleven Bravo”. As an infantryman, he became one of the guys in the front line, the ones who face the enemy head-on. The Infantry is the backbone of the Army and plays a crucial role in both peace and wartime. His mission as an Infantryman was to stay vigilant and protect his country during peacetime, and to fight enemy ground forces with everything he had during combat.

Minnesota Army National Guard: Brooklyn Park, MN

As a Stinger Missile Operator for an Air Defense Artillery Division in Brooklyn Park, MN, he had extensive training and experience with the Stinger® missile system. He was capable of efficiently deploying the system, whether shoulder-mounted or mounted in a Humvee, to defend against airborne threats. While he had developed a certain level of precision and skill in his role, he was always open to learning more and improving his abilities.

Internship at Honeywell, Inc.

During his senior year, he secured an internship at Honeywell, Inc in Golden Valley, MN, where he worked on HVAC microcontrollers.

After Receiving His Degree in EE

After initially working as an I.O. Processor Applications Engineer at IBM’s I.O. Processor Group and as a Design Engineer II at LSI Logic, Antonio fell in love with Java and made a career transition to software engineering in 2001. Since then, he has held roles at various companies, including 3M Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has served as a Senior Software Development Engineer for Disney, Precor, and Expedia in Seattle.

IV. Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Antonio W. Lagnada is a highly skilled and experienced Senior Software Engineer with a passion for technology and innovation. His programming expertise is evident in his extensive background in designing, developing, and supporting enterprise-wide client/server systems. He is also a prolific writer, with a vast collection of articles on various topics in the field of technology. Antonio’s life journey demonstrates his resilience, dedication, and hard work, which he learned from his experience in the United States Army. He credits his military training for instilling in him the values of discipline, teamwork, and leadership that have enabled him to succeed in his subsequent endeavors.