West Castro

· Grand Junction, CO 81501 · (970) 216-3327 · westDcastro@gmail.com ·

Hello, my name is West, yes like the direction, Castro, yes like the dictator. I live in Western Colorado and currently attend Georgia Tech pursuing my master's in computer science. I am experienced in leveraging agile frameworks to provide robust solutions to a multitude of complex problems. I bring iterative approaches to development strategy and foster a team-first attitude that helps collaborative thinking and provides improvements to the overall quality of my solutions.


Experience

Software Developer

Proximity Space, Inc.

In a fast-paced startup environment, I assisted in the development of a modern approach API while helping to maintain and design system architecture within AWS. The solutions I was responsible for developing were across several tech stacks as I took on many different roles within the software development cycle and company.

2018 – 2020

Software Engineer

ACZ Laboratories, Inc.

As part of a small software development team, I helped maintain and improve the laboratory's Oracle databases (9i - 12c) and in house Laboratory Information Management System. I was also responsible for building and maintaining a web-based client portal allowing the business to bring value to clients.

2017 – 2018

Lab Assistant

Colorado Mesa University
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Worked in the computer science research laboratories on various projects some of which are featured on my GitHub and the Colorado Mesa University Student Showcase website. I participated in student tutoring, and some in-class support to professors, helping with topics ranging from homework assignments to available tools and libraries, language advantages, and development environments to name a few.

2016 – 2017

Advanced Repair Agent

Geek Squad

Represented the Geek Squad at Best Buy Store 1124 in Grand Junction CO creating an unparalleled customer experience for clients with damaged or non-functional technology. Used multiple technical tools to perform repairs, both hardware and software related, and provide assistance on devices checked into the precinct.

2014 – 2018

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology

Masters of Science
Computer Science

Computational Perception and Robotics

August 2020 - May 2021 (Expected)

Colorado Mesa University

Bachelor of Science
Computer Science
August 2013 - December 2017

Activities & Awards

  • Colorado Mesa University ACM chapter alumni and former officer
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon National Computer Science Honor Society Inductee - 2015
  • 1st Place - Colorado Mesa University - Student Showcase Computer Science Track 2016
  • 1st Place - Colorado Mesa University - Student Showcase Computer Science Track 2017
  • Alumni and Mentor FIRST Robotic Competition 2010 - Present
  • John McConnell Math and Science Center volunteer

Programming Languages & Tools

  • Problem Solving
  • Remote Work Experience
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum
  • Constantly learning & growing
  • Constantly learning & growing

Interests

Apart from being a developer and graduate student, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. In the winter, I am an avid skier and novice snow mobiler. During the warmer months here in Colorado, I enjoy mountain biking, river rafting, and fly fishing.

When forced indoors, I follow a number of sci-fi and fantasy genre movies and television shows, I am an aspiring knitter, and I spend a large amount of my free time exploring the latest technology advancements especially the internet of things. Learning is my passion and thus learning anything I can about life in diverse environments is something I find very important.

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