I’m Zac, a software developer and student, and this is my blog where I write about technology, life, and whatever I find interesting.

I study Computer Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. I’m passionate about building great software and always learning new things.

Have questions or suggestions? Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or email. Interested in some of my open source projects? Check out my repos.

Things I’ve done

Work

Starting August 2021, I will be a Software Engineering Associate at Capital One in McLean, VA.

Internships:

  • Summer 2020 - Software Engineering Intern @ Capital One
    • AWS Neptune/Graph Databases, Data visualization with D3.js
  • Summer 2019 - Software Engineering Intern @ FireEye
    • React, Ruby on Rails
  • Summer 2018 - Software Engineering Intern @ Remine
    • React, Node.js, TypeScript
  • Summer 2017 - Software Engineering Intern @ Edge 360
    • Node.js

Attics

In October 2018 I released my first iOS app Attics to the App Store. It lets you stream thousands of live Grateful Dead concerts right from your phone. If you’re a Deadhead, you’ll love it. I built it for myself and never expected it to get any users, but with thousands of downloads, 200+ daily active users, and a (nearly) solid five star rating, I think I can say it’s been a success!

SRCT

Since the Spring 2018 semester I’ve been an active member of Mason SRCT and was elected President to serve for the 2019-2020 academic year, and again for 2020-2021. SRCT stands for Student-Run Computing and Tech, and we build open source projects to solve problems that Mason students face.

I’m the project manager of the Schedules project. It’s a website built with Ruby on Rails that lets students browse the Mason course catalog more fluidly and with more options than they’ve ever had with the university’s offerings. You can also export your course schedule to your calendar manager of choice.

Through SRCT, I also love to share the knowledge I’ve gained through working on these projects. Students show up to their first SRCT meetings often with one or two CS classes under their belt, and through one on one mentoring and the tech talks we give each semester, we teach them the basics of software development that they can use to build projects with us and go out into the workforce with essential skills.