SKILLS

JavaScript, PHP, HTML, CSS (Sass & Less), MySQL, Python, Git, jQuery, WordPress, Django, Grunt, Certified ScrumMaster

WORK EXPERIENCE

Senior Software Engineer, The Seattle Times (December 2015-present)

  • Refactored the code that controls curation on www.seattletimes.com and fixed bugs that resulted in dropping average server response time from over two seconds to around 300ms
  • Rewrote code that allowed for www.seattletimes.com to run on 4 servers instead of 12-20 and remove multiple MySQL read replicas
  • Identified backend (PHP and MySQL) and workflow performance bottlenecks
  • Received IT Impact Award for making dramatic performance improvements on www.seattletimes.com

Software Development Manager, The Seattle Times (December 2014-December 2015)

  • Gave presentations about web performance optimization to upper management
  • Identified front-end performance issues that resulted in dropping Start Render times from 2.5-2.8 seconds to under 2 seconds
  • Wrote white papers for upper management about front-end performance and reader-facing search
  • Served as a ScrumMaster and helps the company transition to Agile software development practices
  • Managed 4-5 developers
  • Created bi-weekly “developer sessions” where developers across departments present and discuss development techniques
  • Organized and participated in a reading group for developers and QA analysts about C
  • Wrote documentation for developers to streamline our deployment and version control workflow
  • Served on the Mobile Strategy Committee that helped shape how the Seattle Times understands mobile readers

Software Engineer, The Seattle Times (April 2014-December 2014)

  • Developed curation tools for redesigned seattletimes.com homepage and section indexes
  • Collaborated with internal customers to conceptualize and refine seattletimes.com user experiences
  • Coordinated with vendors to help augment our internal development team
  • Helped update the workflow for Front-­end development using Grunt & Sass
  • Supported developers and users to better understand WordPress development and usage

Interactive Developer, Phinney Bischoff (2013-2014)

Web Applications Specialist, College of William & Mary (2009-2013)

  • Designed and developed a responsive dictionary Web application using Django and Backbone.js
  • Migrated XML dictionary data into MySQL database using Python
  • Developed a WordPress plugin and theme that integrated Google Maps and WordPress
  • Developed a Kickstarter-like website for funding undergraduate research
  • Developed MVC-based PHP applications with CodeIgniter
  • Maintained and supported an 900 site/3800 user multi-site installation of WordPress
  • Reduced the number of Web-related support requests by creating online documentation
  • Led introductory Web workshops for faculty, staff, and students
  • Provided individual support for Web services
  • Wrote posts and served as an editor for Academic Information Services blogs
  • Transitioned legacy Web applications from PHP4 to PHP5
  • Set Web-related policy at W&M as member of the Web Collaboration Team

Academic Technologist, College of William & Mary (2008-2009)

  • Developed a WordPress theme to match the design of W&M's existing main website
  • Customized WordPress themes and moved sites from custom CMS applications to WordPress
  • Designed and developed a MVC-based application system for matching teachers looking for mentors working in commercial industries
  • Awarded Information Technology "Game Ball" for excellent service
  • Consulted with faculty about using the Web for teaching and research

Teaching Fellow / Adjunct Faculty, American Studies Program, College of William & Mary (2007-2008)

  • Taught Classes about American Popular Culture and the American War in Vietnam

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Philosophy, American Studies (College of William & Mary, 2013)
  • Master of Arts, American Studies (College of William & Mary, 2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts, American Studies (College of William & Mary, 2003)

PRESENTATIONS & PAPERS

  • "WordPress at Scale: Enterprise, Media, and Education,” WordCamp Seattle: Experienced Edition (2015)
  • "Influencing Women": American Women and Foreign Relations in 1960s Saigon," Chesapeake American Studies Association Conference (2012)
  • "'Pearl of the Orient': Graham Greene and American Understandings of Saigon," Brown-bag Presentation, American Studies Program, College of William & Mary (2009)
  • "Constructing Saigon: Space, Cultures, and the American War in Vietnam," Brown-bag Presentation, Massachusetts Historical Society (2008)
  • "Writing Saigon: Else Baker, American Women, and the Vietnam War," South Eastern Women's Studies Association Conference (2008)
  • "Consumer Under Fire: Consumption in Vietnam Films," Film & History Conference (2004)

ACADEMIC AWARDS & GRANTS

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute, U.S. Department of Education (2011)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Short-term Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society (2008)
  • Southeastern Women's Studies Association Travel Grant (2008)
  • Arts & Science OGSR/Graduate Student Association Conference Funds, College of William & Mary (2008, 2012)
  • Research Grant, College of William & Mary, American Studies Program (2004, 2008, 2012)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Virginia Northcott Brinkley Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2003)
  • Batten Scholarship for Preliminary Honors Research (2002)