University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ray Spiess

Web Developer

Portrait of Ray Spiess

Ray Spiess has over 20 years of experience as an IT professional, primarily as a web developer working in a communications group. He has provided technical design, development and production support for digital publications including web sites (, email newsletters and promotions (Tech News, DoITnet Connection).

He has worked on a wide variety of project mostly at UW-Madison — projects have been instructional, outreach, research, public-information and marketing communications activities for a wide variety of departments and groups including WARF, Study Abroad, Software Training for Students, the Writing Center, Partners in Giving (SECC), the Nelson Institute, projects funded by the National Science Foundation… even the Comparative Mammalian Brain Collection!

Other (interesting) projects or things you may not know about Ray:

  • He was originally hired by DoIT as a writer. He wrote articles and a column called “bookmarks” (for the print newsletter DoIT NOW!) that highlighted interesting and remarkable UW-Madison web sites.
  • He built a WordPress plugin (PHP, Backbone.js and later Vue.js) that allowed non-technical editors, writers, graphic designers to build, review, and send beautiful, accessible and rock-solid HTML email newsletters to campus mass email addresses via WiscList.
  • He likes cats, is a pretty good oil painter, and loves carving things in marble, limestone and wood. See