About Me

Hey there! I am Simon DeMartini, a computer nerd with a passion for working with modern technologies to make tools and systems easier to use through automation – either for external users or internal developers. My passion stems from a love of open source systems and communities, user experience and design, as well as software development. In my (limited) spare time, I thoroughly enjoy breaking fixing things all things computer related to see how they work.

Currently, I am a Computer Science & Systems major at the University of Washington Tacoma, planned to graduate in Fall 2017. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to connect with me via LinkedIn or check out my Github page.

Work Experience

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Working with the Platform Engineering Team, I contributed bug fixes, features, and tests for the tools, libraries and applications used by REI’s DevOps and CI/CD systems. Major contributions include:

  • Automated code freezes by integrating with the continuous delivery pipeline to provide additional checkpoints during high-traffic periods. Documented and presented my solutions to IT management and internal development community.
  • Enabled easy deployment rollback, added additions to identify app startup errors and fixed bugs in the deployment and infrastructure management tool for both on-prem and AWS apps.
  • Contributed to discussions about a public engineering site and internal engineering culture.
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Reviewed Java code and tested completed Android applications to ensure code and functionality requirements. Graded project papers and assignments for accuracy and fairness.

Projects & Awards

Built a native Android ​app from scratch​ that ​uses the TMDb API and recommends movies to a user based on a simple MVC design. I created the initial UI mockups, then iteratively developed the core logic, fragments, adapters, activities, and both unit and integration tests.

Created user-centered mockups and wireframes for a proposal to redesign the UW Tacoma Financial Aid website. All design decisions were based on our own research methods, and I was responsible for conducting usability studies and an online ethnography of users for the site.

Helped refine the themes, and optimized how the user interacts with the site. Utilized git for version control, languages HTML/CSS, Javascript, and, frameworks such as Bootstrap, and node.js.

Awarded for leadership in creating, and implementing a large set of stairs and walkway for community use. I managed groups of 10-20 people and gathered necessary monetary and material donations from community members worth over $700. I was also responsible for directing the construction of the structure with necessary help from contractors and community members totaling 160 man hours.