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17362 Spencer Street, Bothell, WA 98992
Tel: (888) 743-0541, E-mail: email@XYZ.com
Designing and developing scalable Internet based software solutions. Especially interested in building mission-critical middle-tier and backend systems.
M.S. in Computer Sciences from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
B.S. in Computer Sciences from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Synopsis:2+ years of project leadership experience and 5+ years of commercial software design and development experience.
6+ years of Object-Oriented, multi-threaded, software development experience using Java and C/C++ for both PC and embedded environments.
Extensive Internet based software development experience using various Internet technologies.
Proficient in the following languages and environments:
Languages/Databases:||C++, C, Java, Perl, SQL, Assembly, JSP, GSP, XML, Oracle, Sybase etc.
Operating Systems:||Unix, Windows, Various Real-time operating systems.
Microprocessors:||Intel x86 based, Motorola 68332, Power PC (MPC 823).
Network and Protocol:||Sockets, TCP/IP, HTTP-1.0/1.1.
Tools and SDK's:||Apache1.3+ servers and modules, Win-32API, Win-CE and PalmOS-SDK.
Experience:Currently building middle-tier and backend components for www.hypermart.com using Java and XML.
Developed systems responsible for serving advertisements across XYZ1's web properties.
Developed systems for analyzing/processing server log data for statistical purposes.
XYZ1.com, Seattle, WA (Aug 99 - Present)
XYZ2, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (March 98 - August 99)
Technical Software Lead Engineer responsible for design, development and testing of all wireless products for satellite and terrestrial communications. Components included:
Transceiver/Antenna unit, with integrated TCP/IP stack, providing real-time communications over satellite and terrestrial network.
Software for a custom-built LCD Keyboard Display Unit, providing the user interface.
Various windows based emulation; configuration and automatic testing tools developed using VC++.
XYZ3, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (May 96 - March 98)
Designed, coded, tested, and documented software for the Maintenance Diagnostic Computer for Avionics (a level-C box). This was the first-ever C++ embedded product approved by the FAA.
Developed a Java cross compiler in Java for Rockwell's Proprietary Microprocessor.
Developed a real time system to manage information from an electronically controlled engine.
Worked on a variety of other real time embedded systems while at XYZ3.
University of Iowa (August 95 -- August 97)
Teaching Assistant for two semesters at the Dept. of Computer Science, U of I.
Research Assistant at the U of I developing various tools to aid in real-time driving simulation.
Miscellaneous (August 91 - August 95)
Software Engineer Trainee, XYZ4, San Jose.
Computer Programmer, XYZ5, San Jose.
Citizenship: No Country
Status in the U.S.: Permanent Resident