Howard Sommerfeld

Software Developer

Profile

Motivated, eager and excited to learn new things. Passionate about cutting-edge technology. Take pride in watching hard work, time and effort pay off.

Skills

Object Oriented Design

Reuse and modularity of code fundamental to projects

Problem Solving

New ideas are excitingly challenging to develop and apply to real world problems

Project Direction

Proven ability to lead and manage a wide variety of design and development projects in team and independent situations.

Technical

  • Java
  • Bash Scripting
  • C/C++/Objective-C Basics
  • SQL
  • HTML
  • PHP
  • Github
  • Linux
  • OS X

Projects

Jewellery Business Stock Manager

Matric Final

2008

- Developed in Java and SQL
- Addition & removal of new and existing stock
- Fore-warning of low or insufficient stock levels
- One or more users able to access the program using usernames and passwords

Gap Year

London & Europe

2009

- Worked in London
- Travelled around Europe
- Life lessons, social interaction and cultural exposure were all building blocks towards independence

Serviced

Database Fundamentals Course

2011

- Website developed using HTML, PHP and SQL
- Handymen advertise categorised services
- Advertiser's ability to log in, edit advertisements & prices and manage bookings
- Prospective clients view all the available services, make online bookings and check status of pending bookings.

Charity Database Solution

Vacation Work

2011

- Developed in Java, using MYSQL
- Ability to change donators' details easily
- Allow for multiple (and all) users to be simultaneously emailed
- Allow for multiple (and all) users to be simultaneously SMSed, from within the program.

Protein Database Bank (PDB) Solution

Software Engineering Course

2012

- Developed in Java, using HSQLDB
- Appointed team leader
- Ability to locally query entries from the PDB
- Developed GUI element of the project
- Fundamental software engineering principles and practises implemented throughout

Human Genome Project

Computational & Molecular Biology

2013

- Developed with bash scripts, using Admixture and the South African National Grid
- Worked as a regular team member
- Ability to run thousands of Admixture programs in parallel and collect all results
- Role included the construction of a script which submitted numerous jobs to grid and collected their results

User Defined Niche Search Engine

Honours Research Report

2013

- Chrome extension developed in Java, using Spring MVC, Tomcat, MongoDB and SVMLight
- Ascertained role as team leader
- Responsible for support vector machine (SVM) classifying webpages as relevant or not
- Outperformed Google based on certain narrowly defined search queries

Education

King David High School, Linksfield


Matriculated 2008


University Of The Witwatersrand - Johannesburg, South Africa


Computer Science Major, Mathematics Minor — BSc Undergraduate, 2010-2012

Computer Science — BSc Honours With Distinction, 2013

For academic transcripts and other information please mail —info@howardsommerfeld.com