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Christian Gaetano

Full Stack Web Developer

Summary

Biochemist turned software engineer with multiple years of experience in back-end and front-end application development, JavaScript programming best practices, and marketable technical writing. Eager to transition to a challenging Front-End or Full Stack Engineering role within a team looking to innovate creative solutions at a large scale.

Employment

GrapeCity, Inc.

Full Stack Web Developer, Feb 2017 – Present

  • Designed and built Node.js powered static site generator based on Metalsmith platform
  • Worked with back-end engineering team to implement user authentication and account management powered by MongoDB and Express.js
  • Developed content search and account management applications using React and related technologies (CSS-in-JS, Flow, Babel)
  • Led team-wide code quality initiatives: systematic code review, standardized linting, Gitflow Workflow
  • Participated in brand style guide development and front-end UI implementation based on design mockups
  • Planned and authored Modern JavaScript Frameworks e-book with hundreds of daily downloads

Technical Engagement Engineer, Oct 2016 – Feb 2017

  • Provided low-level technical support and strategic consultation to corporate customers using Wijmo JavaScript UI Framework
  • Authored several technical blog posts with thousands of monthly user impressions
  • Developed product demos using plain JavaScript, React, Angular, and Vue
  • Bridged communication between Wijmo product team and developer community, including bug report and feature request logging
National Science Foundation REU Leadership Group

Design and Web Development Consultant, Jan 2016 – Feb 2018

  • Designed and produced new brand assets and strategy in collaboration with group members
  • Migrated existing copy to new website with updated branding, responsive layout, and analytics tracking
  • Optimized content for search visibility and target audience, increasing session duration by 400% and decreasing bounce rate by 20% over three months

For Fun

CodePen PGH

Meetup Co-organizer

  • Helped plan meetup topics and themes
  • Coordinated venue procurement & snack delivery
  • Promoted attendee β€œpens” to CodePen for featured recognition

Education

Duquesne University

B.S. Biochemistry, 2012 – 2016

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, chosen as Bayer School General Excellence Awardee
  • Defended honors thesis on role of G-quadruplex RNA structures in fragile X syndrome pathogenesis
  • Minor degree in mathematics

Skills

  • Node.js & NPM
  • React
  • Angular
  • Babel
  • Git
  • Technical Writing
  • RESTful Architecture
  • GraphQL
  • Static Sites
  • SEO
  • MongoDB
  • MySQL

Programming Languages

  • JavaScript & TypeScript (fluent)
  • C# (proficient)
  • PHP (proficient)
  • C++ (prior experience)