something about me

Let me start with my name, "Sumet" also known as "Ben" Viwatmanitsakul. I graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM) with a BFA in art, majoring in Graphic design, received a second bachelor degree in Computer Science (BSCS) and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree from Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU). My first degree was in Commercial Art, from Thai Vichitsilp Art College in Bangkok.

Over the years I've worked in a number of different fields, starting in the travel industry in Bangkok, managing a sales team at Maximums Aviation and working on design of advertising, marketing and sales materials. In 2004, I moved to Hawaii to attend the University of Hawaii, majoring in graphic design. At UHM, I was chosen for the Hawaiian Graphics Design award by the faculty in 2008, the year I graduated from UH. Following this, I worked for a year as a graphic designer at the East-West Center developing the themes, graphics materials and documents for the Analysis and Advocacy project, an international collaboration on strengthening AIDS responses.

I've always had an interest in technology and while working at the East-West Center I also took classes in web design and programming. The explosive growth in computers and mobile devices made me realize that combining my graphics design abilities with computer skills would give me a competitive advantage. So, I signed up at Hawaii Pacific University to get a degree in Computer Science and then followed that with a Master's degree in Information Systems. During my time in school, I served as team leader for numerous web design projects with both the State of Hawaii and with private firms, such as Designing with Light. I really enjoyed both the management and technical aspects of this kind of work. While enrolled in my coursework I've taken on a number of internship positions, including one at Design Research Corporation in Honolulu, where I’ve now been working over 4 years doing user interface design.

My goal is to continue pursuing a career in innovative interface design and software development that allows me to use my computer and graphic design skills to the fullest and to keep learning as technology changes in the future.

ben viwatmanitsakul

Front-End Developer / UX/UI Developer / Web Developer


To build a career at an innovative company that applies my technical programming skills and web design abilities to contribute to product development and user interfaces that provide superior user experiences, excellent application workflows and high customer satisfaction.


  • Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu – MSIS Master of Science in Information Systems, 2013 (With Distinction)
  • Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu – BS Computer Science, 2012 (Summa Cum Laude)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu – BFA Graphic Design, 2008 (With Distinction)
  • Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu – Liberal Arts, 2006
  • Thai Vichitsilp Art College, Bangkok – Commercial Arts, 1996


Software Developer, Decision Research Corporation (DRC); Honolulu – Feb 2012 – present

  • Design and implement web and mobile application front-end user interfaces for DRC data products on Microsoft Windows using ASP.NET, MVC.NET, Visual Studio 2012, IIS, MS SQL 2012, C#, Razor, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, jQuery UI, various plugins, and Ext.NET framework.
  • Implement additional features and custom code in projects to provide additional functionality, improve usability and meet customer specifications.
  • Develop the overall look-and-feel and themes of DRC products and provide branding customization of deliverable products to satisfy customer needs.
  • Troubleshoot existing systems to identify errors or deficiencies and develop solutions.
  • Ensure browser cross-compatibility and improve browser caching across the DRC product line.
  • Mentor and provide guidance to newly-hire developers to get up to the speed.
  • Design and implement a new branding identity for DRC, its website and its products.
  • Implemented a Drupal7 based CMS (Window + IIS + MS SQL) with a custom adaptive theme to replace previous DRC website. Assist in maintaining the Drupal web contents and graphics.

Intern, State of Hawaii, Office of Information Management and Technology; Honolulu – Spring 2013

  • Served as Project Manager and Technical Lead of a student project team in selecting the right technology and software for State projects: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
  • Designed and implemented applications for several State of Hawaii projects:
    • Open Data Initiative: software prototype for visualization of State open source database.
    • State of Hawaii 2013-2015 Fiscal Budget: analysis and visualization of annual budgets.
    • Department of Agriculture Project: data submission forms for livestock movement database.

Team Leader & Developer, Capstone Project, HPU; Honolulu – Spring 2012

  • Served as lead designer and developer of website for the interior design company, Designing with Light, (
  • Designed the company logo and business stationery
  • Managed project team throughout the systems development life cycle (SDLC)

Graphics Assistant, East-West Center; Honolulu – 2009-2010

  • Designed analysis & advocacy guidelines and HTML-based CD using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and InDesign.

Freelance Designer, Tinfish Press; Honolulu – 2008-2011

  • Designed, produced, and press checked the books “ Unincorporated Territory”, “Jammed Transmission”, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at TheBus”, “The Dandelion Clock”, and "And Then Entwine (lesson plans, poems, knots)".


  • Web Design: HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery, jQuery UI, jQuery Validation, jQuery Visualize and other plugins (DataTable, Validation-Engine, WZTooltip, etc), and React.
  • Graphics: Adobe CC 2015: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver.
  • Computer Programming: Java, C#, SQL (Oracle), MS SQL, MySQL, PHP, and Objective C.
  • Platforms: MVC.NET, ASP.NET, MS SQL, IIS, Apache, TFS, GIT, Drupal, and Ext.NET.
  • UML and PM Software: IBM Rational Rose, MS Visio, FatFree, MS Project.
  • Software Development: Agile development (UP, XP, Scrum), traditional predictive and adaptive approaches (Waterfall, Spiral), IEEE standards (SPMP).
  • IDEs: Netbeans, XCode, Visual Studio 2012, 2013.
  • Applications: MS Office (Access, Excel, MS Word, Power Point).
  • Oerating System: Mac OSX, Windows


MSIS Thesis

  • Content Management System (CMS) for Decision Research Corporation. Documents use of user interface research and tools to design, implement and test usability of a CMS system to replace the previous company website.

Scholarships and awards

  • Hawaiian Graphic Design Award
  • Manoa Alcohol Project Award
  • International student scholarships, UHM and HPU
  • Art department scholarship


  • HPU dean’s list 2010 - 2013
  • HPU President’s Host member 2010
  • UHM dean’s list 2006 to 2008
  • KCC dean’s list 2004 and 2005
  • Member Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Thai Vichitsilp honor certificate 1995 and 1996

Featured graphics design work

  • “Design School Confidential” by Steve Heller
  • James Craig’s website at
  • “Writing Design: Words and Objects” by Chae Ho Lee, edited by Grace Lees-Maffei
  • Logo designed for Sheraton hotel chain restaurant, Kai Market


  • Fluent in writing and speaking English and Thai.

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