Sindy J. Lee
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
Carnegie Mellon University – M.S., Software Engineering, 2007
Stanford University – B.S., Computer Science, 2001
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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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References Available upon request.
Last updated 2014-03-01.