I Solve Problems
I'm Bryce, a jack-of-all-tech, highly adaptable leader, with tangible student government experience. My work has taken me between elected official, full-stack developer, system administrator, and more. I'm frequently called in to complete jobs others have been unable to do.
I'm graduating UW's Informatics program with real-world experience. My educational background covers development, science, technology, communication, politics, and design.
I have great 'soft skills' as well: I'm personable, down-to-Earth, communicative, attentive to detail, and skilled at ideation. I operate well in fuzzily-defined roles, can keep track of a variety of tasks, and take pride in completing goals.
March 2016 — June 2017
June 2015 — Sept 2015
Sept 2013 — June 2016
The Student Technology Fee is home to my proudest works. UW students pay $38 / quarter into a the STF, amounting to $5 million annually which is later appropriated by a committee of 9 voting and 4 ex-officio members. I've spent over 4 years with the STF, starting as a liaison from the ASUW Student Senate. During summer 2015, I built a brand new website on node.js after the previous web-developer ghosted. I continued serving as an at-large member before being appointed Chair in March 2016.
My appointment came during a period of high uncertainty; the previous Chair resigned due to personal reasons, and the two governing student bodies saw the mid-season resignation as a time to address institutional issues. I was appointed co-Chair for the first three months along with Kiehl Sundt, previous Chair and reformer of a similar committee, SAF. In the first three months, I rewrote all the bylaws, reformed committee membership, created a new funding method, and implemented a new funding schedule. Additionally, Kiehl and I together completed the funding cycle, extended the fee to Summer Quarter, and lowered the quarterly cost.
Following the Spring Quarter changes, the committee unanimously voted to elect me Chair during the 2016 - 2017 year. During my senior year with the STF, I've steered the group through all the new changes, successfully completing three rounds of funding, opening communication, daylighting our processes, revising and writing policies, and working to ensure the STF provides tangible value to all students of the University of Washington. The role of Chair is a nebulous role, being what you make of it; some chairs have embraced the agency, while others have let it falter. My attention to detail, self-drive, and vision was perfectly suited for the role. This new STF is leaner, transparent, reactive, and efficient; I'm proud of my work with the STF.
When I developed the website, I employed a custom content management system tailor-made for STF uses. My experience as a general member lent me deep understanding to committee needs. The website uses node.js's Express framework, pug.js templating, and a MySQL database all running on an AWS EC2 micro instance. Not only is the new site stylish, performant and low-impact, it also saves the committee over $300 a year in hosting costs compared to the previous one.
June 2015 — June 2016
The Experimental College was a student-run course organization that contracted with external artists and instructors to provide students with cheap extracurricular courses. I served as the Web Master / Web Developer.
The website I inherited was critically neglected. Originally based on a popular PHP CMS, years of bubble-gum and paperclip fixes led to general site instability, inconsistency, and a supremely bloated codebase. I weighed my options until, two weeks into the new job, a database crash corrupted dozens of rows of data.
I wrote the new site on university-hosted servers, using PHP and MySQL during free time over the course of three months. I reached out to popular instructors to find common pain points in the old site so I could find useful solutions to old problems. When the site finally debuted, it was 10% the original size, and received many compliments from instructors and users.
Unfortunately EXCO shutdown during Summer 2016. Despite a year of the whole EXCO team addressing institutional debt, cleaning processes and improving the service, customer numbers continued a steady year-over-year decline, and the ASUW put the program on hiatus.
June 2013 — January 2015
My first job at the University of Washington was as a helpdesk intern at Capital Planning and Development. I learned to navigate a professional environment, honed my teaching skills, and improved my customer interaction skills. I received consistent quarterly acknowledgments, and many employees commented directly on my pleasant, professional and personable demeanor.
When my superior resigned, I managed the helpdesk alone for a month in Summer 2014. During my tenure, the helpdesk received special recognition for improvement in service.
Carson Beck is an up-and-coming voice artist from Seattle. A long-time friend, Carson is set to go far in the voice recording world. Carson needed a personalized website to represent his work to the world, and help him stand out of the crowd. An original designer provided a half-finished product riddled with issues.
I was able to take the old design and rewrite the site to be performant, stable, and attractive. A key constraint was that the site be easily editable to someone with minimal HTML skills, so that Carson could upload or change around sections without help. With voice clips, testimonials, and contact information on a professional-grade site, Carson is ready to take the voiceover industry head-on!
It Goes Like is a small music discovery and identification game. Players give one of their favorite artists, and the game provides music from similar artists. The player then guesses which artist is currently playing. Written in Angular.js, It Goes Like uses Spotify's API to find artists and play music samples. The game is all locally handled by the user's device, with no backend server architecture.
The purpose of the project was to help people find similar artists to their favorites in a fun and engaging way. I was given special recognition for my implementation of the Spotify API into such a fun and compelling system. The game works on all platforms that Angular.js supports. Give it a try, I promise you'll like it!
My first group project in Informatics was the creation of Checkout, a shopping assistant. I prepared this poster for final presentations at the end of the course. My team won both voted awards for 'Best Service' and 'Best Poster.'
Back in October 2016, Dyn encountered a massive DNS DDoS attack that knocked out millions of customers on the Eastern seaboard. In this report, I break down the attack, response, damage, as well as investigate future safeguards and potential perpetrators.
This Process Book details the design of DRiver, a carpool assistant application. DRiver was aimed at students, gathering their schedule data and organizing carpools automatically.
The team also put together a 3 minute video from the point of view of a student using our service. We received high marks for incorporating humor tastefully.
As part of a Community, Envirnment and Planning course, I volunteered with United Way of King County for their yearly Tax Campaign. Aimed at English as a Second Language speakers, immigrants and minorities, I helped prepare tax documents for filing. I prepared this poster for display during the course-end presentations
The UW EcoCar team needed a tradeshow centerpiece. The design group made a 3D 2:1 scale replica of the car out of foam, which we then displayed this interactive display on to. A Kinect was used to find hands and track them onto the display. the end result was that when a viewer hovered their hand over a component, its picture and information would show up next to it.