My First Real Job. Got it as soon as I turned 16 in order to start earning money towards gas money. Learned a lot about interacting with customers and how to sell product. Also learned a lot about seafood and meat, the proper handling and preparing of them.
Out of gradeschool, my grandmother got me a weekend reeptionist job at my gradeschool. I organized the Sunday collection by amount, answered phones, and directed visitors to where they needed to be.
Probably the most defining experience of my early career, I was a member of the LaSalle College High School Lab Manager Program from my first semester in highschool. The program vastly expanded my knowledge of Computers, Networks, dealing with users, and managing resources. It was a tight nit group, many of whom are still my best friends.
My First big project was for the Christopher Columbus Awards National Science Competition which challenges middle school students to use the scientific method to solve problems in their community. My Team consisted of me, my cousin, and 2 of her friends. Our idea was the "Allergen Scanner", a handheld scanner to quickly and accurately identify the most common food allergens in packaged foods. I wrote the prototype entirely in Excel and MsVBA. THe project and award period was my first real taste of development, testing, presenting, and politics.
Probably the largest project I ever accopmlished in Microsoft Excel, the HVAC Load Optimizer was a massive undertaking the Engineering Club its founding year. The system I wrote, took a list of all the devices that drew electricity in the facility, then went through and found what could be moved and what couldnt, then created the most cost efficient schedules for each device. With the recent addition of over 500KW of HVAC systems, the system prevented what could have been an $80,000 a year increase in energy costs.
I worked remotely for a startup in California for the better part of year. This was my first experience in programming excel or microsoft stack programming. During my time with DMM, I started learning python and php and got a much greater appreciation for web applications and their uses.
Fox is the first job I had where i got to choose, design, test, and implement the projects from
inception to support. I started with small, stand alone tracking and reporting websites and
inventory systems that combined PHP and Python. Later I moved into the Django Web Framework to
increase functionality of the apps and reduce development time.
I got to work with emerging technologies such as 3D printing, RFID tracking, and Arduino in order to reduce costs and leverage the latest and greatest to increase our capabilities.
I led my team and coordinated with production in order to fulfill all of their needs and see all of the projects through from design to training and maintenance.
Encompass being a sister company of Fox, I began working with their development team in order to create some internal programming needs, upgrade customer facing websites, and replace legacy systems using new web based technologies. Working here was my first time dealing with companies as clients and working on multi month and high budget projects.
Worked as part of the UI team, building Single Page, Robust, Web Applications to interface with Nuix's super fast data processing engine. The team builds web interfaces specialized to the different industry users of the Nuix Engine.
Hired by Sungard as a Lead Consultant for frontend and full stack development. First Major client was Comcast.
Subcontracted through SungardCS onto the Xfinity X1 XTVGo team. Working on improving the customer's online experience when using the xfinity platform.
Went back to my amna mater to teach the Microsoft Tech Academy Summer program. Instruct the Introduction to Software Fundamentals in C# and the Introduction to Game Development in the .Net Framework to students grades 7 to 12.