Alex Chou
29 Banks Street #2 :: Somerville, MA 02144 :: alexchou97 [at] gmail [dot] com ::
Software Engineer with seven years of professional experience in client/server, user interface, and web development. Skills include:
  • Software engineering - Object-oriented design, C/C++, Java/Swing, Perl.
  • Internet technologies - JavaScript, ASP, PHP, XML, XSL, HTML, CSS, DHTML, Apache.
  • Database skills - SQL, Oracle, MS SQL Server, MySQL.
  • UNIX/Linux - System administration, shell scripting, systems programming.
Digibug Express, Inc. (Waltham, MA) July 2003 ~ present
Senior Developer for five-member start-up. Completed development of Shutterbug's online photo services and printing web site in two months using Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL, and osCommerce.
Contract Software Engineer (Cambridge, MA) January 2003 ~ present
Recent client projects:
  • ZipGlobal, Inc. (Boston, MA)
    Developed online sign-up wizard and account management system using IIS, ASP, and SQL.
  • Created online file manager and admin tools for client's Intranet using Apache and Perl. (Woburn, MA) March 2000 ~ June 2002
Software Engineer and Assistant UNIX System Administrator for, an online community for youth and amateur sports. Developed and enhanced site features using BroadVision, JavaScript, Perl, Solaris, Oracle, and CVS. Succeeded in the following roles:
  • Manager of the MessageCast. message broadcast system. Stabilized code base, re-designed work flow and UI, and upgraded Perl scripts that send/receive XML documents.
  • Technical Lead for integration with myteam's Online Registration system.
  • Perl expert responsible for all Perl-based projects.
  • Assistant System Administrator. Created shell scripts to simplify the build process and automate system maintenance. Monitored site status and performance.
TVisions, Inc. (Cambridge, MA) April 1999 ~ March 2000
Software Engineer for web consulting firm. Designed and implemented Extranets for Analog Devices, Inc. using IIS, ASP, VBScript, and SQL.
Marcam Solutions, Inc. (Newton, MA) July 1997 ~ March 1999
Software Engineer on the Protean product, an object-oriented, client/server, enterprise application:
  • Completed the Order Entry UI, Protean's most complex UI component, using C++ and MFC.
  • Integrated the Add-On and Dynamic Cabinet components, which required manipulating application metadata and working with an ever-changing database schema.
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Candidate for Master's in Information Technology at Harvard Extension School.
    Coursework completed: Web Development Using XML; Graphical UI Programming in Java; UNIX Systems Programming.
  • Graduated in 1997 from Harvard College with Honors B.A. in Biology.
    Computer Science and Mathematics coursework include: Formal Systems and Computations; Data Structures and Algorithms; Multivariable Calculus; Linear Algebra; Introduction to Probability.
Northeastern University (Dedham and Burlington, MA)
Continuing Education student with coursework in: C# Programming; UNIX System Administration; Enterprise JavaBeans; Java Programming.
Additional skills: Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin); Proficiency in classical piano (16 years of practice); Knowledge of music theory; Outstanding math and logic/reasoning abilities (GRE Quantitative and Analytical scores of 800).
Hobbies: Ice hockey, hiking, sea kayaking, classical piano, vegetarian cooking.
Leadership and community involvement: Captain of the Boston Shooters and Sharpshooters ice hockey teams; Board member of the Boston Vegetarian Society; Steering committee member for the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival; Member of Appalachian Mountain Club's volunteer trail crews.