Alex Engel, Web Application Developer in Seattle, WA, United States
Alex Engel

Web Application Developer in Seattle, WA, United States

Member since May 3, 2021
Alex is a motivated full-stack engineer with seven years of experience creating and deploying scalable web applications from the ground up. His favorite technologies to work with are React and TypeScript on the front end and Node.js or Java Spring on the back end, deployed with tools such as Docker, AWS, and TeamCity. Alex is seeking positions that involve architecting modern solutions to challenging problems for clients who require effective communication, dedicated teamwork, and clean code.
Alex is now available for hire

Portfolio

  • AMPLYFI, Ltd.
    React, TypeScript, JavaScript, Java, Docker, AWS, TeamCity, Linux...
  • Deep Web Technologies, Inc.
    JavaScript, React, Java, Linux, System Administration, Knockout.js...
  • Freelance
    React, JavaScript, Firebase, Node.js, React Native, Web Applications

Experience

Location

Seattle, WA, United States

Availability

Part-time

Preferred Environment

Linux, AWS, React, TypeScript, Node.js, MongoDB, Java, Python, Docker, JavaScript

The most amazing...

...product I've created is a scalable, industry-leading federated search engine that aggregates, clusters, and ranks documents from over 500 sources.

Employment

  • Full-stack Engineer

    2020 - 2021
    AMPLYFI, Ltd.
    • Led the front-end development of a new, state-of-the-art federated search engine which has since become the company's best-selling SaaS offering.
    • Harvested over six million documents for a machine learning pipeline using targeted querying and web crawling. The POC for this project led to the company's largest recurring contract to date.
    • Maintained and deployed legacy federated search applications for over 30 customers.
    • Created an administrative API that allows internal and external admins to configure pieces of their application, deprecating an extremely time-consuming manual process.
    Technologies: React, TypeScript, JavaScript, Java, Docker, AWS, TeamCity, Linux, Elasticsearch, Python, Web Applications
  • Full-stack Engineer

    2018 - 2020
    Deep Web Technologies, Inc.
    • Developed a redesigned front end for a legacy federated search engine. This redesign played a key part in the multimillion-dollar acquisition of DWT by AMPLYFI in 2020.
    • Maintained and added new features to over 40 customer applications.
    • Implemented server-side caching for search engine result sets, resulting in much faster response times for many queries.
    • Performed miscellaneous system administration tasks on over 15 Linux servers.
    Technologies: JavaScript, React, Java, Linux, System Administration, Knockout.js, Web Applications
  • Software Engineer

    2016 - 2018
    Freelance
    • Developed and deployed a web app to replace a legacy volunteer recruitment website. Used React and Node.js in conjunction with Bootstrap. This resulted in a 50% increase in customer conversion.
    • Aided in developing a regatta timing application using React Native, Node.js, and Firebase. Since then, the application has been adopted by some of the largest regatta organizers in the world.
    • Gained experience working remotely with a small team of engineers and project managers.
    Technologies: React, JavaScript, Firebase, Node.js, React Native, Web Applications
  • Software Development Intern

    2015 - 2015
    Philips
    • Used the ASP.NET MVC 4 framework to create a RESTful web service that queries a SQL database via HTTP requests. Implemented public and private key authorization for security.
    • Created an administrative website allowing authenticated and authorized users to delete archives via the web service.
    • Created a console application to act as a client to the web service and retrieve archives over a firewall via SFTP.
    Technologies: ASP.NET, SQL, REST, Web Applications

Experience

  • Federated Search Engine for Researchers
    https://amplyfi.com/products/deepresearch/

    A modern, scalable, and containerized web application that enables researchers to search over 400 web, paid, and internal sources with one click. I served as a full-stack engineer for this product and was involved with developing the front end of the application using React and TypeScript.

Skills

  • Languages

    JavaScript, TypeScript, Java, Python, SQL
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Node.js
  • Paradigms

    REST, Human-computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Storage

    MongoDB, Elasticsearch
  • Other

    Web Applications, AWS, Data Visualization, System Administration, Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Frameworks

    Knockout.js, React Native, ASP.NET
  • Platforms

    Docker, Linux, Firebase
  • Tools

    TeamCity

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Symbolic Systems
    2012 - 2016
    Stanford University - Stanford, CA

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