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 using what I’ve learned doing so to teach and mentor great engineers.
Things I’ve done
- 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
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, around a hundred daily active users, and a solid five star rating, I think I can say it’s been a unexpected success!
Since the Spring 2018 semester I’ve been an active member of Mason SRCT and was recently elected President to serve for the 2019-2020 academic year. 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 written in Ruby on Rails and React 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.
Along with building projects, the thing I’m most passionate about is building engineers. Students show up to their first meetings with one or two CS classes under their belt, and through one on one mentoring and the ~14 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.