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Sindy J. Lee

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Web Developer/Software Engineer with Diverse Skills & Experience

Strong educational foundation combined with ~15 years of practical, professional web development and software engineering experience working at private startups, in higher education, and as a freelancer. Well- rounded jack of all trades able to wear many hats with proven excellence working with technical and non- technical colleagues, clients, and stakeholders throughout the software development life cycle, using agile and lean methodologies on cross-functional teams to lead project planning and management efforts while also contributing significantly hands-on as a technical team member. Experience in using a variety of modern technologies for full stack web application design and development, from back-end databases to clean, easy-to-use front-end user interfaces; installation, customization and maintenance of off-the-shelf software; content production, such as documentation, education materials, and data summary analysis,; and more, all with an emphasis on focusing in on the needs of users and project stakeholders to balance agility and discipline to deliver high quality results and get things done.

Web Developer/Software Engineer
Team Lead & Manager
Project Planning & Management
Agile & Lean Methodologies
Scrum, XP, Kanban
Strong Oral & Written Communication Skills
Database Design & Management
User Interface Design & Multimedia
Oracle & MySQL
Apache, Tomcat, Django, WordPress
Unix, Mac OS, Windows
Java/Java Servlets/JSP, Python, PHP, Perl, SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Education

Carnegie Mellon University – M.S., Software Engineering, 2007
Stanford University – B.S., Computer Science, 2001

Professional Experience

Software Engineer, NeonMob, San Francisco, CA, 3/2014 – present

  • Part of the engineering team working on the seed stage startup’s platform for collecting and trading limited edition digital content, currently focusing on the art/collectibles market; technologies include Django/Python and Angular JS.

Software Developer, Academic Computing Services, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 9/2009 – 2/2014

  • Served as technical lead on several projects as well as an individual contributor on all efforts to design, implement, deploy and maintain software applications that support the use of technology to facilitate and enrich student life, teaching and learning such as combining networking techniques with a Java/Java Servlets/JSP/Oracle web application to allow over 10,000 residential students to pass security/health compliance requirements and register devices for network access, automated through use of an RMI API to integrate with the larger campus network infrastructure; building Django/Python/MySQL web applications for ticket/issue tracking and asset management for computers, printers and other equipment used by University Libraries staff as well as provided in over 100 public computing spaces in student residences, libraries, classrooms, and other learning spaces; and using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and other tools for the maintenance of software and systems used to support the efforts of both full-time professional staff operations as well as over 100 student employees distributed throughout the residences and working at the central office to help provide valuable client-facing services, such as campus-wide printing, including poster-printing services facilitated through customizing PrestaShop and integrating with the Stanford eCommerce system to bring in already over $20K in revenue during the first quarter in production.
  • Actively participated in cross-functional teams to gather and translate complex user needs and business rules into technical requirements that drove user interface and back-end design and implementation, teaching non-developers about working with agile and lean methodologies, such as Scrum and Kanban (“Scrumban”), to plan and manage projects, engaging stakeholder participation and guiding them through the software development life cycle.
  • Provided recommendations and executed strategies for improving the overall software development process; integration and implementation of new technologies, tools, techniques and frameworks; and often covered the responsibilities of both developer positions and the system administrator positions (i.e., the “Dev Team”) during long periods of staff vacancies to keep the department not only operating, but continuing to grow and improve.
  • Hire, train, manage and mentor part- and full-time student employees to fulfill departmental goals.

As Software Engineering Manager, Student Computing, 9/2006 – 9/2009

  • Served as team leader, supervisor and manager as well as an individual contributor of newly expanded software development and systems team, which included and built on responsibilities of the Residential Computing program as described below, expanding its focus to use of technology not just in the residences, but throughout all aspects of student life.
  • Hired, managed and assisted professional and student staff to develop campus-wide software systems for students, faculty and staff; continued to provide software development support for the Residential Education program as described below, eventually transitioning support to the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs by collaborating with their developers to take over the support, maintenance and ongoing development of the Java/Java Servlet/JSP/Oracle-based system for managing the residential staff selection process, developed and cultivated over several years to meet the complex business needs to interview and place hundreds of students in residential staff positions each year and porting many locally-hosted Java/Oracle applications to centrally-hosted and supported OOP PHP/MySQL applications; administered Linux servers, systems and network infrastructure; and coordinated management and maintenance of various web presences using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and Drupal.
  • Managed and contributed to the team as we continued to upgrade and improve our technology infrastructure, upgrading all servers from Solaris to a Red Hat Linux environment, from CVS to Subversion and/or Git, and adding Drupal for website and content management as well as quick prototyping and piloting through CCK web application development.
  • Continued to participate in policy and decision making, provide recommendations, and plan new initiatives, such as sponsoring the Stanford Facebook App Contest.

As Software Developer, Residential Computing, 6/2001 – 9/2006

  • As sole developer, designed, developed and maintained software applications to support use of technology in the residences, especially with respect to the Residential Education (i.e., residential life) program, including using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Java/Java Servlets/JSP, Oracle and even some Perl to overhaul and automate the registration system used to allow over 10,000 residential students to connect to the campus network; to port and upgrade the former Filemaker-powered ticket/issue tracking and asset management system for managing equipment provided in over 100 public computing spaces distributed across campus; to rebuild the custom survey system (previously a Java Applet) as a robust, fast, and easy-to-use web application for creating and executing online surveys as well as generating rich, detailed reports on demand; and to overhaul, centralize and expand the application system to facilitate the process of hiring hundreds of residential staff each year; many of these applications grew to be used by students, faculty and staff in multiple University departments and serve as models for larger, campus-wide services.
  • Enhanced and expanded department’s software development program by implementing basic, standard software engineering methods and practices such as creation of separate parallel Solaris environments for development and production environments, version control (CVS); upgrading existing systems to use current, industry-standard technologies such as Apache and Tomcat for the Java Servlet-based web applications; improving existing and designing new systems for better maintainability, scalability and reliability; forming valuable partnerships; bringing in new revenue; and identifying and working on opportunities for improvement and innovation, increasing the department’s ability to achieve its programmatic and operational goals more effectively and efficiently.
  • Provided recommendations and planned new initiatives with technical and nontechnical staff, clients and partners across campus as well as inside and outside of the University, to achieve technical, operational, and programmatic goals; actively participated in policy and decision makings for the department, associated offices, and the University in general; special projects and initiatives included user education, content production and policy making on DMCA, file-sharing and copyright issues, digital music service pilots, and desktop and network security and privacy concerns.
  • Hired, trained, managed, and mentored part- and full-time student employees at various times to fulfill departmental goals.

Freelance Web Developer, 5/2007 – present

  • Utilize a broad range of skills to develop a variety of websites, from building simple, mostly static websites to setting up, customizing and maintaining sites driven by content management systems like WordPress and other off-the-shelf software to developing complex, dynamic web applications with database backends.
  • Consult with clients to define requirements, propose various technical solutions using current and emerging technologies, and provide recommendations on how to best meet clients’ functional needs while still considering important non-functional requirements, such as usability, scalability, performance, maintainability, security, and reliability.
  • Design and create original graphics as well as work with designers to implement and/or expand their concepts, converting Photoshop designs into functional CMS themes and/or web pages.
  • Examples include implementation of designer-provided graphic layouts for customized WordPress-powered websites at http://dragonflyeffect.com, website for the book “The Dragonfly Effect”, co-authored by Andrew Smith and Jennifer Aaker, and http://petersims.com, website for the author of the book “Little Bets”, Peter Sims; development of a simple, easy-to-use, lightweight PHP and MySQL-powered calendar administration application and front-end on top of collaborating with designer to overhaul basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript-powered website at http://olgaloya.com, website for storyteller Olga Loya.

Software Engineer, AllAdvantage.com, Hayward, CA, 3/2000 – 11/2000

  • Excelled as a technical team member, starting with development of internal business applications (such as a digital content/asset management system) and moving to work on extremely time-sensitive, critical projects for the public website, using various technologies in a Microsoft Windows server environment, including VBScript, ASP and MS SQL Server.
  • Worked with various departments throughout the software development process, from collection and clarification of requirements, design and implementation, localization, testing and quality assurance.

Senior Web Developer, OneSight, Inc., San Francisco, CA, 6/1999 – 2/2000

  • Employee #6, first hire after the executive management team, who served as one of the primary technical lead during the earliest period of the startup’s birth and growth, working with the management team to develop both the front and back ends of the company’s public website and intranet.
    Developed the central business application used to drive the company’s primary service, creating and executing online surveys as well as administrative reporting capabilities long before the many similar products freely available today.
  • Only knowing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript before to build websites since the mid-1990s, jumped into learning and developing complex web applications in a LAMP environment (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) with a custom in-house tempting language.

Other Interests, Honors & Awards

  • Technical and Security Theme Guide, ResNet Student Technology Conference, 2004.
  • Leader of Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Discussion on Software Development, ResNet Student Technology Conference, 2003.
  • Presenter, ResNet Student Technology Conference, 2002.
  • Winner of Adobe “Helping People Communicate” Award for senior project at Stanford University, 2001.
  • Editor-in-Chief & contributor, “Reflections: Stanford’s Korean-American Journal, 1998-2001.
  • Winner of Phillips Prize for “Big Idea” Design Project for class project at Stanford University, 2001.
  • Peer Writing Tutor, Stanford University, 1998-2001.
  • Columnist, Z&D Korean America, 1998-2000.
  • Participant of 1999 “HIV/AIDS in San Francisco” course & trip, co-leader of 2000 “HIV/AIDS in New York City” course & trip, Haas Public Center Alternative Spring Break program.
  • Nominated for Booth Prize for outstanding expository and argumentative writing by first-year students at Stanford University, 1998.

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Last updated 2014-03-01.

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