Below, see the positions I have held and the contract projects that I have worked on over the past few years.
I have linked to some of the most relevant (and available/not NDAed) websites that I have worked on over the past years.
I worked as a product manager on Google+ Search for the summer of 2011. When I began in June, the Search team only had 1 other member -- my host -- and the feature was not a priority for the company. I started developing the product with several statistical analyses of web traffic data on Twitter and Facebook to understand the space's competitors. Using this analysis, I developed a product strategy and worked with Google's legal, policy, marketing and production teams to ensure compliance.
I developed the interface design through an iterative process, eventually developing more than 50 different variations of the user interface. Google+'s product leadership was impressed with the direction of the product and asked that it become a top priority and assigned roughly 30 engineers to the team. In the final weeks of my internship, I modeled search quality, assisted with user experience testing and developed benchmarks and analytics for quality performance. The search product was released shortly after the conclusion of my internship, and I filed for intellectual property related to product designs and business methods.
This project involved creating a fellowships database system for the Bechtel Center's overseas fellowships office. I used a smaller MVC-based PHP framework (CodeIgniter) as the starting ground, and developed features as needed by the client.
Unfortunately, the web application I programmed is closed to the public, but the center's main page is available.
The Stanford in Government website is a typical CMS website with a custom theme. As part of SIG's programming, the organization offers more than 35 fellowships to Stanford students across the United States and the rest of the world. In the past, we have handled the application process by paper, but this led to significant loss of materials and increased the difficulty of applying. I recommended replacing this system with an online application for the 2009 cycle.
The programming behind this process was less simple than predicted. On the front-side, there were several issues that needed to be addressed. Applicants can apply for multiple fellowships, although our policies dictate how many applications can be submitted in different categories. To encourage people to properly fill out the application, the web software had to dynamically generate the application and had to track different conditions on what a "complete application" means in the system. Second, recommendation letters have to be submitted by faculty, which has always generated significant email from applicants. To solve this, we had to electronically track recommendations so that applicants could be notified when their application is complete.
On the back-side, there were significant privacy issues that had to be handled carefully to follow Stanford's privacy policies and FERPA, the education privacy act. The software implemented granular access controls to applications and fellowships to ensure that information was restricted to the correct committee members. Information on applications was provided on status screens, and links provided easy access to complete applications and notes on the preferences of the various applicants.
The fellowships software is unfortunately closed for privacy reasons.
I worked on CollabRx, a medical drug collaboration start-up on University Avenue in Palo Alto. This was a Ruby on Rails backend focused on improving the ability of non-profits to sponsor drug development research by facilitating the communication between scientists in the field and academics. I worked on several of the social features of the website, including the discussions module, the tagging module as well as some of the epistemology features related to drug research classification.
Another CMS/design work, this website was produced as a paid consultant. The website was produced to client specifications and includes integration with features for events and contact information.
A Drupal-based website with custom theme produced as a paid consultant to client's specifications.
A WordPress site with custom theme produced as a paid consultant (all the way back in high school!)