About Me

Amy Professional Summary

I am an experienced senior software engineer with over 11 years experience estimating, analyzing, planning, designing, programming and testing web based, client-server, and stand-alone software systems. I have a strong background in object-oriented analysis and design, enterprise development, web development, user interfaces, mentoring, and team leadership.

  • Specific experience with Groovy/Grails, GSP/JSP, Java, agile methodologies, object-oriented design, and web UI integration
  • Experienced Scrummaster and Team Lead, with a strong knowledge of agile development practices
  • Excellent writing and communication skills combined with a proactive attitude, detailed organizational skills, and a passion to take on any challenge
  • Recently completed a Masters of Science Degree in Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas

Personal Summary

I was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Robbinsdale, MN. I am currently working as a contractor for Object Partners Inc. in Minneapolis. I love gardening, reading, traveling and training for triathlons.


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Technical Profile

  • Languages
  • Java, Groovy, CSS, HTML, XSLT, JavaScript, XML, SQL
  • JEE
  • JSP, GSP, Portlets, Web Services
  • Frameworks
  • Grails, JUnit, JQuery, Spring, Struts
  • Application Servers
  • Apache, Tomcat, WebLogic
  • Testing
  • JUnit
  • Databases
  • Oracle
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows
  • Tools
  • AquaLogic, CVS, Eclipse, Rally, Merant Version Control (PVCS), Mercury Quality Center, NetBeans, SVN
  • Methodologies
  • Agile, OOAD, SCRUM
  • Industries
  • Sporting Goods, Real Estate, Government, Travel Services, Health, Human Resources, Printing, Manufacturing, Logistics Services


Education

  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Bachelor of Science
  • St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • Associate in Arts
  • North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN

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Portfolio

Peterson Pool Maintenance Project
Project Details


Owen and Ethan's Benefit Project
Project Details
  • Status Completed
  • Completion Date August 2010
  • Technologies HTML, JQuery, CSS, PHP    
  • www.owenandethan.com


My Resume Project (This site)
Project Details
  • Status Completed
  • Completion Date May 2010
  • Technologies
    HTML, JQuery, CSS, PHP, Javascript          
  • www.andrychowicz.com/amy.php


Wedding Website Project
Project Details


Cornerstone Property Professionals Project
Project Details
  • Current Status Completed
  • Completion Date December 2009
  • Technologies
    HTML, CSS, PHP, Flash, Javascript, JQuery
  • Other Details
    This was a group project for school
  • www.conerstonerpropertyprofessionals.com

Work Experience

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Object Partners, Minneapolis, MN  Hide Details January 2008 - Present
Senior Consultant
Magnet 360, Minneapolis, MN February 2011 - Present
Developer
  • Currently working to build a proof of concept web application for a confidential client
  • Developed functionality to allow a user to upload a photo; which includes automatically resizing and cropping the image where necessary to meet the requirements
  • Implemented search capability to allow anyone to search for public user stories
  • Added the ability to edit/update a user story
  • Developed JSP pages to implement the UI designs provided by the client
  • Working closely with the business analyst and QA to ensure the application functionality is accurate
Technologies utilized:
- Spring Tool Suite (STS), Java 6, Spring 3, Spring MVC, JSP, MacOS

Room & Board, Golden Valley, MN November 2010 - January 2011
Developer
  • Worked on making enhancements to the Room & Board website (www.roomandboard.com) which allows guest users to order product swatches without creating an account
  • Implemented changes to JSP pages using JQuery, HTML and CSS, based on wireframes and design specifications received from the business representatives
Technologies utilized:
- Java, JSP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, Eclipse, Win7

Quality Bicycle Products, Bloomington, MN May 2010 - October 2010
Groovy/Grails Developer
  • Worked on the design and development of a new component to the product catalog website to assist bicycle shop dealers in building a custom bicycle kit
  • Designed and created web pages using GSP, HTML, CSS and JQuery
  • Worked closely with business users and the business analyst to determine the application functionality
  • Used Agile methodology for iteration planning and daily scrums
  • Demonstrated the completed functionality to the business at the end of each iteration
Technologies utilized:
- Groovy, Grails 1.3.x, GSP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, OOP, STS, SVN, MacOS

Confidential Client, Minneapolis, MN January 2010 - April 2010
Groovy/Grails Developer
  • Built a website for a real estate start up company using Grails, Groovy, Grails webflow to guide the users through the multiple business scenarios the system is designed to support
  • Worked on creating a lightweight content management tool to allow the site administrator to update content in the messages.properties file through the website
  • Used Grails command object, controller and GSPs to display and allow the user to edit the content, and then write the changes to the messages.properties file
  • Developed dynamic web pages using GSP, HTML, Javascript and CSS
  • Used Agile methodology for iteration planning, retrospectives, and daily scrums
Technologies utilized:
- Groovy, Grails 1.2.1, GSP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, OOP, Eclipse, SVN, Windows XP

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Plymouth, MN October 2009 - January 2010
Software Developer
  • Worked as a developer on a project to build a new portal website which will replace a legacy portal website
  • Built custom Liferay template to extend and customize the portal UI and meet client design specifications, using CSS to override the default template
  • Participated in daily scrums, sprint planning and retrospective meetings
Technologies utilized:
- Java, JSP, Spring, Liferay Portal, HTML, CSS, XSLT, SOAP, JSR 168, Rally, OOP, Eclipse, Quality Center, SVN, Windows XP

State of MN - Department of Health, Minneapolis, MN June 2009 - October 2009
Groovy/Grails Developer
  • Built the Interactive Asthma Action Plan (I.A.A.P.); a software tool that assists health care providers to properly manage their patients' asthma by assisting them in following the national asthma guidelines
  • Used Grails webflow to create a dynamic page flow for the website to guide health care providers through the steps to create an asthma action plan
  • Developed Grails command objects in order to perform complex validation of form fields that did not map directly to the domain objects
  • Designed and developed web pages using GSP, HTML, Javascript and CSS
  • Created printer friendly versions of web pages using CSS
Technologies utilized:
- Groovy, Grails, GSP, HTML, CSS, Javascript, SVN, OOP, NetBeans, SVN, Windows XP

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Plymouth, MN January 2008 - June 2009
Scrum Master/Developer
  • Worked as the scrum master and developer on a project to design and develop a new business travel website which will replace a legacy website
  • Lead sprint planning, task estimation, and retrospective meetings
  • Created a JSR 168 compliant portlet using Spring Portlet MVC, Java and JSP; deployed and configured it to work in Liferay
  • Built mock requests in soapUI (Eclipse plugin) to hit a webservice and test the XML response
  • Created a SOAP pass-through portlet and an XSLT template to parse the resulting XML in order to display advertising on the legacy website
  • Used Liferay's journal article to create static content portlets which included creating XML structures and then writing XSLT, HTML and CSS templates to display the content on the page
  • Defined processes around non-sprint related support tasks, as well as enforcing the Scrum process and mentoring less experienced team members
Technologies utilized:
- Java, JSP, Spring, Liferay Portal, HTML, CSS, XSLT, SOAP, JSR 168, Oracle, OOP, Eclipse, Quality Center, SVN, Windows XP

Modis, Minneapolis, MN  Show Details July 2006 - December 2007
Consultant
United Health Group, Minnetonka, MN July 2006 - December 2008
Project Lead/Developer
  • Worked as a software developer on multiple projects to create and enhance several client facing websites that leverage the functionality of existing legacy systems through the use of web services
  • Lead development activities on a project to design and develop a new survey tool and website that is used to determine which healthcare product is best suited for each person
  • Used Spring webflow to create the dynamic page flow to guide the users through the pages of the survey tool
  • Developed both functional and content only web pages for the sites using Java objects, JSPs, Spring webflow, HTML and CSS
  • Created web services, portlets, content items and portal pages using BEA Aqualogic Portal
Technologies utilized:
- Java, JSP, Spring, BEA Aqualogic Portal, HTML, CSS, JSR 168, Oracle, OOP, RAD, Team Track, SVN, Windows XP

Lifetouch, Eden Prairie, MN  Show Details December 2004 - July 2006
Project Lead
  • Mentored the team on writing detailed design documentation and conducting design reviews with business representatives
  • Participated in assessment activities and design for a large effort to determine the best approach for replacing essential legacy systems
Technologies utilized:
- Java, JSP, Oracle, OOP, Toad, Eclipse, HTML, MS Project, Windows 2000/XP

Personnel Decisions International, Minneapolis, MN  Show Details May 2001 - December 2004
Enterprise Applications
  • Worked as team lead and Java developer on several projects to create web-based applications which replaced multiple legacy systems
  • Designed a solution to conduct data replication between Oracle and Sybase
  • Worked on a project to develop multilingual enterprise applications for use by international consultants and clients
Technologies utilized:
- Java, JSP, Struts, Oracle, OOP, SQL*Plus, Eclipse, HTML, PVCS, WebLogic, Visual Source Safe, Windows NT/2000
Legacy Applications
  • Served as a project lead, technical lead, and senior developer on several projects
  • Initiated and participated in formal and informal code reviews
  • Managed PowerBuilder 6.5 environmental changes for an upgrade from Oracle 7.3 to Oracle 8i
  • Worked with the DBA to develop Oracle stored procedures, database structuring and table definitions
Technologies utilized:
- PowerBuilder, Oracle, SQL*Plus, PL/SQL, PVCS, MS Project, Windows NT/2000

Charter Solutions, Inc, Plymouth, MN  Show Details August 1998 - May 2001
Consultant
Personnel Decisions International, Minneapolis, MN December 1999 - May 2001
Lead Developer
  • Worked as the lead PowerBuilder developer to support and enhance the I360 performance management software system
Technologies utilized:
- PowerBuilder, Oracle, SQL*Plus, PL/SQL, PVCS, MS Project, Windows NT

Transport America, Eagan, MN March 1999 - December 1999
Developer
  • Worked as a PowerBuilder developer to build a new software system that would be used for dispatching and managing fleet
Technologies utilized:
- PowerBuilder, MS SQL Server, PL/SQL, Windows NT

Imation, Oakdale, MN August 1998 - March 1999
Developer
  • Wrote and maintained Perl scripts to migrate and manage data in the data warehouse
Technologies utilized:
- UNIX, Perl, Oracle, SQL*Plus, PL/SQL, Windows 95

Summary

I am an experienced senior software engineer/ scrummaster/ lead with over 11 years experience estimating, analyzing, planning, designing, programming and testing web based, client-server, and stand-alone software systems.


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