Software development is my passion. Ever since a young age, I have been writing code from simple science fair projects making use of the Arduino Platform, to production code that serves requests from thousands of customers from across the globe every day. Most of my expertise lies in Java and Python, but I have some experience in Front End development, although I would not consider it my strong suit. Across all of the work I have done, all of it has been focused on improving the customer experience, either by developing new solutions for old problems or optimizing existing processes to bring delight to customers.
Currently, I am a Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services, where I work on EC2 Image Builder, a Public AWS Service which simplifies the creation, maintenance, validation, sharing, and deployment of Linux or Windows Server images for use with Amazon EC2. My day-to-day responsibilities lie primarily in leading the team responsible for the customer-facing API Development, as well as the service's operational health. Additionally, I support the larger EC2 Windows organization (which owns EC2 Image Builder) in the C2S space. I originally joined Amazon as a member of the Elastic Beanstalk team, which helps customers deploy their web applications written in many supported languages, including Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js, Python, Ruby, Go, to customer-owned AWS Resources. I rejoined Amazon in July 2018 after interning with the Elastic Beanstalk team during the Summer of 2017, where I developed a beta version of a new internal console to be used by the team.
While at San Diego State University, I worked at Instructional Technology Services (ITS) as a Faculty Support Lead Student Assistant. ITS provides support for all learning technologies used at the university, which includes not only the Learning Management System (in this case Blackboard) but also all the technology found in the classrooms. Outside of my day-to-day operations responsibilities, I also worked as a Full Stack Developer, developing a handful of web-based tools to facilitate Faculty Support and improve our daily operations.
I have also spent time in Student Affairs, working together with Residential Education at San Diego State University in the First-Year residence halls as a Senior Academic Mentor. As an Academic Mentor, commonly abbreviated AM, I lived together with ~35 students and provided academic guidance and support to the students in the 20+ Residential Learning Communities.
I graduated from San Diego State University with my Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science in May 2018. While at San Diego State, I was a member of the Weber Honors College where I pursued a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. As a member of the Honors College, I worked not only with students in my discipline but a diverse group of students on a wide array of projects outside of my major.
I have also studied abroad, at the University of Jyväskylä; in Jyväskylä, Finland. While there, I studied Human Sciences with students from over 20 countries. While my studies there were not strictly major-related, they still contributed to the diverse and wholesome education I received at San Diego State University and the University of Jyväskylä.
On most Sundays, you can find me at Bike Works, taking part in their Volunteer Repair Parties (VRP). Bike Works receives donations of bikes of all sizes throughout the year, but often the bikes are not in the best shape or even safe to ride. During VRP, we focus on Kids' bikes to fix them (flat tires, rebuilding bottom brackets, etc.), clean them up, and get them ready to be given back to the community.
Additionally, I am the Information Technology Coordinator for IDEAL (International Deaf Education, Advocacy and Leadership) which supports and empowers deaf children and youth around the world through human rights advocacy and the promotion of education, empowerment, and leadership.
Previously, I worked together with CodeDay where I lead in-person events as a Senior Code Evangelist™. CodeDay® has helped bring tech education to 20,000+ students in 40+ cities worldwide, with a highly diverse attendee population (43% women; 38% low-income; 28% minorities).