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Sindy J. Lee
Software Engineer with Diverse Skills & Experience
Strong educational foundation combined with 15+ years of practical, professional web development and software engineering experience working in a variety of environments, including private startups, higher education, and as a freelancer. Proven excellence working with and guiding technical and nontechnical colleagues, clients, and other stakeholders through 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. Proven ability to jump in and get up to speed quickly on an existing code base and technology stack as well as pick up new technologies and skills wherever and whenever needed, combined with strong team leadership and organizational skills. Experience using a wide variety of modern technologies for full stack web application design and development, from back-end systems design and databases to front-end user interfaces; installation, customization and maintenance of off-the-shelf software; content production, such as documentation, educational materials, and data summary analysis; and much, much more, all with an emphasis on balancing agility and discipline to deliver consistently high quality results and get things done.
- Full Stack Web Developer & Software Engineer
- Team Lead & Manager
- Project Planning & Management
- Agile & Lean Methodologies
- Scrum, XP, Kanban
- Strong Oral & Written Communication Skills
- Relational Database Design & Management
- Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL
- Apache, Tomcat, Django, AngularJS, WordPress
Carnegie Mellon University — M.S., Software Engineering, 2007
Stanford University — B.S., Computer Science, 2001
Software Engineer, NeonMob, San Francisco, CA, 3/2014 – 7/2014
- Joined ~10-person team of (almost all) engineers working on the seed stage startup’s platform for collecting and trading limited edition digital content, currently focused on the art/collectibles market.
- Contributed individually to development efforts while also serving as a story owner, helping to define and clarify acceptance criteria, breaking down stories into smaller tasks to be assigned to and tackled by team members (including myself), and continually tracking progress so as to proactively address issues and/or blockers and simply get each story over the finish line.
Freelance Web Developer & Consultant, 4/2007-2/2014
- Began picking up freelance work part-time in order to explore web technologies and projects different from my regular full-time work.
- Utilized 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.
- Consulted 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.
- Designed and created original graphics as well as worked with designers to implement and/or expand their concepts, converting Photoshop designs into functional CMS themes and/or web pages.
- In February 2014, decided to temporarily stop/take a break from freelance work until further notice (outside of emergency support requests from former/existing clients).
- Actively participated in cross-functional teams to gather and translate complex user needs and business rules into technical requirements that drive front and back-end design and implementation, helped non-developers become familiar with agile and lean methodologies (in this case, specifically Scrum and Kanban) 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 staff vacancies to keep the department not only operating, but continuing to grow and improve.
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 software development/engineering methods by instituting basic standards and practices, such as separate, parallel development and production Solaris environments, version control, and upgrades to more up-to-date industry-standard technologies such as Tomcat. Formed valuable partnerships and even brought in new revenue.
- Provided recommendations and planned new initiatives with 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 file-sharing and copyright issues, digital music service pilots, and network security and privacy concerns.
- Hired, trained, managed, and mentored student employees who worked part-time during the academic year and/or full-time during the summer quarter.
Software Engineer, AllAdvantage.com, 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., 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 & Awards
- ResNet Student Technology Conference
- Technical and Security Theme Guide, 2004.
- Leader of Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Discussion on Software Development, 2003.
- Presenter, 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 (online version), 1998-2000.
- Haas Public Center Alternative Spring Break program
- Participant of “HIV/AIDS in San Francisco” course & trip, 1999.
- Co-leader & Co-founder of “HIV/AIDS in New York City” course & trip, 2000.
- Nominated for Booth Prize for outstanding expository and argumentative writing by first-year students at Stanford University, 1998.
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Last updated 2014-08-03.