Ian Hughes

2028 Woodhead St. • Houston, TX 77019 • Phone: (713) 805-6433 •


  • 24 years of experience in the design, coding, management, and implementation of software test automation systems.

  • 8 years’ experience in the deployment and maintenance of virtualization environments designed to host automated testing systems.

  • 10 years’ experience developing QA-oriented desktop applications and tools in PowerShell, AutoIT, VB.net and C#.


Test Automation: Design and development of automated testing framework for large scale desktop applications using C++, Visual Test, QuickTestPro and TestComplete.

Virtualization: Installation, setup, design and administration of VMWare, Hyper-V and VirtualBox on Windows and Linux using HP Servers and desktop workstations.

Software Development: Design and development of desktop applications for software test automation (i.e. network-based, automated testing system remote control/monitoring applications, bitmap compare, text compare, and database compare tools) using VB.net and C#.

System Configuration: Setup and maintenance of Windows servers and workstations, including automated configuration with PowerShell, AutoIT and VBScript.

Databases: Setup and administration of SQL and Oracle databases (Windows version).

Employment History

Principal QA Engineer: IHS Markit (March 2001-February 2017)

  • Created script automation function libraries for Rational Visual Test, TestComplete and QuickTestPro.

  • Reduced costs and increased efficiency by driving evaluation and adoption of TestComplete as a new automated testing system platform.

  • Designed, configured and coded an automated testing system framework based on TestComplete.

  • Developed a desktop application and web testing framework in TestComplete based on the .find feature.

  • Directed migration of automated testing script content (test case scripts) from Visual Test to TestComplete.

  • Evaluated, selected and oversaw the purchase and installation of HP Server hardware for use by the automated testing system.

  • Designed virtualization environments for the automated testing system using VMWare, Hyper-V, and VirtualBox on Linux using a mix of new and legacy HP servers as well as standalone desktop systems.

  • Wrote a suite of VBScript and PowerShell scripts to automate workstation and virtual machine configuration, VMWare server status and control as well as database management.

  • Developed training curriculum for new testers.

  • Developed a suite of testing tools in VB.Net and C# to control the test automation suites over a network, analyze logs, compare database content, bitmaps and text files.

  • Developed a standalone system information tool for IHS Kingdom which ships with the main product.

Software Engineer: Zibex (July 1998-March 2001)

  • Developed an automated installation and configuration system for video kiosk using Microsoft Visual Basic and Rational Visual Test.

  • Developed a web-accessible bug database using Microsoft SQL and Cold Fusion 4.0.

  • Developed test plans and test cases for Zibex products.

  • Performed periodic problem reports during each stage of the development process.

  • Developed online test questionnaires using Microsoft SQL and Cold Fusion.

  • Developed a series of automated stress test scripts for Zibex products using Microsoft Visual Test.

Quality Assurance Automation Engineer: Dowell-Schlumberger (August 1997-June 1998).

  • Developed and configured automated testing system based on Visual Test for FracCADE, Schlumberger's well analysis product.

  • Requirements collection and design review for automated testing system.

  • Published automated test results to the development staff on a daily basis via email.

  • Published automated test results on Schlumberger corporate intranet.

  • Researched test coverage tools.

  • Implemented the daily use of memory leak tools (Heap Agent).

Quality Assurance Manager/Engineer: TCI Software Research (April 1993-August 1997)

  • Managed quality assurance department of five members.

  • Provided internal technical direction to testing team and other TCI employees.

  • Collaborated with development, marketing and the quality assurance team to schedule QA department team tasks and priorities.

  • Prepared schedules, work plans and test plans for testing team.

  • Participated in design reviews from a quality assurance perspective.

  • Provided direction in problem resolution and design options.

  • Directed the conversion of automated testing system from a collection of ad-hoc TestBasic scripts to an organized system implemented in C++.

  • Made final decision on whether TCI's products were fit to release.

Remote Office Manager: SARA Systems (August 1991- March 1993)

  • Managed Russian personnel by phone daily to monitor production status and schedule download times for finished AutoCAD drawings and software enhancements.

  • Provided technical support and direction to Russian personnel.

  • Supervised transfer of finished products to domestic customers.

  • Provided technical support to customers on IT issues.

  • Wrote user manuals for the main product (SARA Facility Development System).


Available upon request


BA Psychology, Pennsylvania State University