Utah Kate Newman Front End Engineer

UTAH

About

Committed user advocate who builds user interfaces that are responsive, compatible across browsers, and easy to use. I flourish in close team environments, integrating pair and solo programming. I write clean code, care deeply about best practices, and work hard to always be better.

Experience

Drift Marketplace

Front End Engineer

May 2017 - August 2019

  • Member of small engineering team of an early-stage renewable energy startup. Responsible for entire front end of the user-facing product for a year.
  • Flexible Implementations: Led development of responsive user interfaces compatible across all major browsers. Targeted desktop, tablets, and iOS and android mobile devices. Adapted design mockups to a fluid, responsive implementation.
  • Design Integration: Used HTML, CSS/Sass, and JavaScript to match design mockups and build desired behavior and interaction. Worked closely with design team to address user experience concerns, highlight technical limitations, and implement solutions. Incorporated feedback, iterated on designs.
  • Web Accessibility: Spearheaded accessibility efforts company-wide. Conducted regular accessibility audits with automated testing tools and manual testing. Enacted solutions based on WCAG 2.0 standards. Mentored other frontend engineers in identifying and fixing accessibility bugs.
  • Server-side Implementations: Used Golang to build and maintain the backend of user signup flows and admin panel functionality.
  • Data Visualization: Created user dashboards to visualize power consumption and supplier data. Built complex customized features with Google Charts, and interactive supplier maps with the Mapbox GL JS library.
  • Software Development Cycle: Replicated and triaged UI bugs, verified fixes, met sprint deadlines, actively participated in standups, retros, and code reviews.

Northwest Independent Ruby Development (NIRD)

Consultant

June 2015 - March 2017

  • Member of a small software consultancy. Worked on several client and internal projects, working in both greenfield and legacy applications.
  • Built responsive web sites compatible across all major browsers with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS, and Bootstrap.
  • Discussed UX issues and technical limitations with clients, recommended solutions.
  • Applied SEO techniques to client and NIRD internal sites. Created semantic heading structures, canonical links, and structured data.
  • Evaluated and incorporated third party libraries. Wrote and debugged server-side code in Ruby, integrating user input from a JavaScript Content Management System gem with Ruby PDF and docx generation gems.

Ada Developers Academy

Instructional Assistant

February 2016 - July 2016

  • Lectured on fundamentals of semantic HTML5 and CSS3
  • Communicated difficult technical concepts in written and 1-on-1 contexts
  • Worked with students to troubleshoot code problems

University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education

Teaching Assistant - HTML5 and CSS3 Foundations

October 2015 - December 2015

  • Lectured on web accessibility and the Bootstrap framework
  • Field student questions on in-class work in HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, and git
  • Provided clear and constructive feedback in grading weekly student assignments

Community Involvement

University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education

Advisory Board Member - Front End Development Certificate

06/18 - present

Meet with UW PCE staff to identify desired overall program learning objectives and outcomes, and determine the sequence of courses and course curriculum.

Open Source & Feelings Conference

Core Organizer

04/15 - 12/15

A conference for creating and maintaining healthy, inclusive Open Source culture, with 19 invited speakers and close to 200 attendees.

Girl Develop It!

Study Group Coordinator and Teaching Assistant

07/14 - 4/16

Girl Develop It provides affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.

Skills

HTML5, CSS3, Sass, JavaScript, jQuery, Web Accessibility, Responsive Design, Bootstrap, Golang, Ruby, Rails, Sinatra

Education

  • General Assembly Javascript Development Certificate MS in Biology
  • University of Kentucky Master of Science in Biology MS in Biology
  • The Evergreen State College Bachelor of Science in Biology BS in Biology
  • University of Puget Sound Bachelor of Arts in History BA in History