My name is Ben Weis, and I am currently an undergraduate student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. I plan on graduating with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics.
Having just entered University this fall, I have been taking more introductory courses in the basics of computer science including an ‘Intro to Java’ course. Before coming to Purdue I have held many jobs in the field of Web-Design and Software Development.
I have worked in all kinds of environments from startups in my own basement to large corporate offices in New York City. This breadth of knowledge makes me a very well rounded person in that respect.
In my free time I contribute to a number of open source projects online in order to hone my programming skills. I am also a maker and am constantly hacking up hardware solutions whether it is 3D printers or Linux based media controllers. I have a passion for robotics and open source work, in addition to both creative and practical media editing.
In collaboration with Lucas Ochoa, I created a website that connects uses with 3D printers to users who do not. The site, indieprint.com, allows for people who need a part prototyped to get in contact with someone who owns a printer in their area. This required a lot of knowledge of server backend and monetary handlings.
I have been working as a freelance web designer for 5 years and have completed over sixty different projects. This has driven me to understand the business and be knowledgeable of market prices for certain features and sites while requiring me to understand what exactly is within the realm of possibility when designing a site for a client.
During my senior year of high school, I student taught a course on robotics and basic programming. Under the supervision of David Richards, I planned out lessons in accordance with the proposed curriculum and explained ideas and concepts of programming to students ranging from 14 to 18 in age. This taught me how to convey information into simplified and digestible chunks for students to learn.
For the summers of 2013 and 2014, I worked as the head counselor at the Gauss Mathematics Camp in Parsippany, New Jersey. I taught students from ages 12 to 16 basic programming skills and tutored them in algebra and pre-calculus. I learned to teach in simpler terms and taught me how to carry myself when teaching students.
I have mentored numerous robotics teams in the past few years. Most recently, I am mentoring a team at the Lafayette Central Catholic School. They are the newest team that I have ever mentored and they require a completely different strategy because of this. I am moving through topics much slower, yet more thoroughly than I have any other team before them.
I interned at Net@Work in New York City where I worked in a corporate environment with a group of other interns. I was assigned QA tasks by the web team and was also given group tasks to be done with the rest of the interns. Together we mapped a customer workflow from within the company, and presented our findings to the company’s upper management.
During the summer of 2014, I worked as a web developer at Net@Work, a software consulting company based in New York City. I regularly dealt with clients and documented progress on the features that we were constantly rolling out. I was also introduced and became familiar with SCRUM programming and the Agile process. I have learned how powerful these tools can be when programming in a corporate environment..
I constantly contribute to open source projects online to expand my skills and learn new programming tricks and methods. I have a number of these that I commit to regularly through github. This ensures that I am always on top of changes in programming styles and keeps me involved within the community.
I am constantly volunteering for FIRST, an organization that runs a number of robotics competitions for students from age 5 to 18. I have volunteered at seminars to teach the basics of programming to hundreds of students, taught how to manage websites and where to get started when building one, and have even built New Jersey FTC’s site that they use for publicizing their events.
Throughout my high school career I helped design and maintain my school’s ‘brand’ and ensured that media all had a universal look and feel to them. I am skilled in both image and video editing and have created commercials for our local public access television station. I believe this makes me well rounded in the field of web design as I can not only implement changes, but create source material as well.
I maintained all the social media for New Jersey FIRST Tech Challenge and ensured that there was continuity between all their media outlets. This was important as NJFTC is the fastest growing division of FTC in the nation, and they needed a means to supply information to thousands of people efficiently and effectively. This taught me my communication skills that I have today, as well as some marketing.
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