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Overview

I am currently a software specialist at PreTalen. My experience as a student at ISU, my experience as an entrepreneur, my 13 months of experience on engineering internships, and my years of professional full-time positions with talented engineers has prepared me to be a productive and valuable asset to any research team or professional engineering environment.

I consider myself among the most productive 5% of programmers. My productivity as a developer likely stems from my general problem solving skills and my love for math as a child. As a child, I was the top math student in my class of over 300 students, the 2nd highest scoring individual at the state Academic Decathlon competition, and was the leader of a team of students who placed 4th at Nationals for the Engineer's Week Future City competition.

Technical Skills

Programming Languages
C, Objective-C, C#, PHP, AS3, Java, Javascript, C++, Verilog, VHDL, Python
Databases
PHP/MySQL/PDO, Python/SQLAlechemy, Java/SQLite, C#/Db4o, C/SQLite
Mobile Development
iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android, Windows Phone, Windows CE
Web Technologies
CSS, PHP, Javascript, jQuery, AS3, Python, FBML, SVG, MediaWiki
Design
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects
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Languages (Proficient)
C, C++, Objective-C, PHP, C#, ActionScript3, Javascript, Java, Verilog, SQL
Other Languages
HTML, CSS, VBA, Python, Shell scripting, Ruby, VHDL, NodeJS, Razor
Databases
MySQL/PDO (PHP), SQLAlechemy (Python), SQLite (C or Java), Db4o (C#), CoreData (Objective-C), MS SQL Server, Azure
Mobile Dev
iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile/CE
Source Control
Git, Subversion, TortoiseSVN, Team Foundation Server, Perforce (p4, p4v)
Web Frameworks/Libraries/APIs
CakePHP, jQuery, FBML, SVG, MediaWiki, DataTables, Tablesorter, Flot, Minify, Bootstrap, Tweenlite, Heroku, Helios, Amazon S3, Ruby on Rails, Knockout.js, Leaflet, SignalR (C#), MVC 5, AngularJS, Firebase, AngularFire, flotr2
Libraries/APIs
PyQt (Python GUI), Xcode Interface Builder, JNI (Java Native Interface), P/Invoke (C# Native Interface), Twisted (Python threading), Curl, irrKlang, OpenGL, GLUT, Qt (C++ GUI)
Text Editors
Sublime Text, vi, vim
Embedded Chips
Atmel ATmega128, MSP430, Arduino
Testing Frameworks
Junit (Java), Ocunit (Objective-C), PyUnit (Python), Mock (Python), Squish
Project Management
Trac, BitBucket, GitHub, Hudson/Jenkins, GitLab CE
IDEs
Xcode (iOS, Objective-C), Visual Studios 2012 Premium, Visual Studios 2008 (backwards compatible for Windows Mobile/CE), AVR Studio, Eclipse (Android, Java), FlashDevelop, QtCreator (C++/Qt), PyCharm, Android Studio, Visual Studios 2013 Ultimate
High Performance Computing
Convey HC-1, Convey HC-2
Design
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, iMovie
Web Dev Websites
Browser Stack, JSFiddle, modern.ie
Electronic Components Websites
SparkFun, Mouser, Seeed Studio, Deal Extreme
Other
make, Dropbox, WAMP/LAMP, CMU Sphinx (speech recognition), Asterisk (VOIP PBX), Microsoft Office, PyLint, Lambda Functions/Closures in C++ (C++11), Celemony's Melodyne (Auto-tuning), SQL Buddy, phpmyadmin, qmake, cmake, ninja, x11vnc, noVNC, zsh, ReSharper (C# VS add-on)
Indoctrination of Methodologies
DRY programming (Don't repeat yourself), DRY programming (this is a joke!), Agile Development (sprints, product backlogs), TDD (Test Driven Development), KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid)
Participation in Code Competitions
Google Code Jam, XKCD Almameter Hash Competition, MEMOCODE Competition
Things I'm interested in learning or using, but haven't yet
Selenium, Pic, Raspberry Pi, NuGet Packages, Swift, TypeScript
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Education

ISU Seal

Iowa State University, Ames, IA Dec 2012
M.S. Computer Engineering

Iowa State University, Ames, IA May 2010
B.S. Computer Engineering


Work Experience

Talen-X, Ankeny, IA 2017-Current
PreTalen, Ankeny, IA 2015-2016
Software Specialist

Working with a great team, I design and develop new products and add features to existing ones.

Ag Leader Technology, Ames, IA 2013-2015
2 years - Software Engineer on the Advanced Development Team
I took the lead on developing the Remote Support feature for the company [Link], and added numerous new features to two of its products: their flagship Display (an embedded Qt application), and AgFiniti (a C# cloud­based web application).

Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2010-2013
3 years - CprE Instructor, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant
I have been a teaching assistant for CprE 388, a course on iPhone development I helped design during my undergraduate career. In the summer of 2011 and 2012, I was in charge of running the lecture and monitoring the labs for CprE 288, an embedded systems course that uses the iRobot Create platform and gives students experience with C programming and the ATmega128 processor.

Chaddington Software Studio, LLC, Ames, IA 2010-Present
Ongoing - Part-time Entrepreneur
Wanting to stay in Ames and enjoy my freedom before graduate school started, I spent a summer figuring out how to start an actual legal business (LLC); I decided I would see how much money I could make on my own, with high hopes of becoming a multi-millionaire and hiring my friends from non-computer related fields (as they were having a hard time finding work). I honed my web development skills, learned a lot about myself and how to keep myself motivated, and ended up creating a few streams of income, albeit small streams. I'm not Mark Zuckerberg, but I was able to create a knock-off of his Facemash in a day. I also fiddled around with Apple's AppStore and the Android Marketplace and have a series of applications that bring in some money. I also did some freelance work on the side. I still spend a weekend here or there growing my business.

Priority 5, Ames, IA 2009
3 Month Developer
Priority 5 is a small startup company located at the ISU Research Park. At Priority 5, I designed and developed a phone transcription product on a team with two other Agile developers. The project consisted of doing a market survey of available medical transcription software, definition of the project, risk analysis, and cost estimation. I was responsible for researching VOIP (Voice Over IP) technology, deploying a VOIP based PBX (Public Branch Exchange) using Asterisks. The team benefitted from my research and development skills, along with my expertise with CMU's Sphinx speech recognition engine. Adding Sphinx to the dial plan logic I implemented using Asterisks, our team was successfully able to create a turnkey product that could transcribe phone speech in a way similar to Google Voice.

Intermec Technologies, Cedar Rapids, IA 2008-2009
7 Month Software Engineer
Intermec is a mid-cap technology firm that specializes in developing mobile devices for business use. At Intermec, I was part of a team of twenty engineers who were integrating Windows Mobile on a custom set of hardware. During down time, I taught myself C#; which became an asset to the company later in my stay. I began teaching other employees the language, and we used it to develop test code much faster and increase our code coverage. I helped encouraged knowledge sharing through WikiMedia software with friendly competition; I would send out statistics on those members of the team that contributed the most in a given month. This knowledge sharing helped create a rising tide, with less skilled members of the team learning from the more experienced users, thus, making our team more productive. I also created various departmental applications for automated reporting and test automation.

Rockwell Collins, Coralville, IA 2007
3 Month Business Intern
Rockwell Collins is a large-cap corporation specializing in commercial and governmental aviation electronics. At Rockwell, I was taken under the wing of a management team overseeing groups of operators who were hand soldering specialized parts on circuit boards. Although only a freshman, my knowledge of Visual Basic proved extremely valuable to the management team. Individually, I defined, developed, and tested over 6 projects that automated reporting, mined data to reduced defects, and allocate staffing depending on scheduling need. My greatest achievement at Rockwell was automating managerial paperwork. At a rate of 1 man-hour per manual report, one of my three reporting automation programs continues to save the company 20 man hours of managerial labor costs per week.


Volunteer Experience

Kappa Kappa Psi - National Honorary Band Fraternity, 2008-2012
Publications Chair & Midwest District Secretary/Treasurer
As publications chair of the fraternity, I have led a committee of 4 to 12 brothers with tasks such as creating a video slideshow for band banquet, corresponding with district chapters, and creating multiple websites (listed below). In addition, I was unanimously elected to the district's secretary/treasurer position for the district for the 2011-2012 school year.

FIRST Lego League, 2010-2011
Volunteer Time Keeper

Cedar Rapids Community School District, 2006-2009
Volunteer Tutor & Public Speaker
Under the supervision of the Cedar Rapids Talent & Gifted coordinator, John Wojitowitz, I tutored students involved with Academic Decathlon in the subjects of mathematics and economics. Through my contact with John, I also was asked to fill in for the governor in giving a speech for 101 new Cedar Rapids school teachers.

Papers & Awards

Masters Thesis
Accepted for publication:
C. Nelson, Kevin Townsend, Osama Attia, J. Zambreno, P. Jones, "RAMPS: A Reconfigurable Architecture for Minimal Perfect Sequencing", IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2016
Thesis:
C. Nelson, J. Zambreno, P. Jones, H. Hofmann, "RAMPS: reconfigurable architecture for minimal perfect sequencing using the Convey hybrid core computer"
MEMOCODE 2012
1st Place in the International Design Competition. Our short read aligner was 22 times faster than the next place time:
C. Nelson, K. Townsend, B S. Rao, P. Jones and J. Zambreno, "Shepard: A Fast Exact Match Short Read Aligner", Proceedings of the International Conference on Formal Methods and Models for Codesign (MEMOCODE), July, 2012.
Teaching Excellence Award
After being nominated by my major professor and others, I was selected as one of two TAs to receive a teaching excellence award in the spring of 2012.

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