Hi there,

I'm Jody Sunray.

Nice to meet you.

Hi! I’m Jody. I'm a rising junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pursuing a dual major in Computer Science and Information Technology and Web Science.

I decided to go into computer science because I enjoy problem solving, working through unique challenges, and being creative. As an avid learner, I like that there is always the opportunity for growth within computer science. Not only do I find coding fun, but I can have an impact at the same time.

Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, swimming, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Resume

Objective

To excel in a challenging and impactful software engineering internship

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Information Technology and Web Science, GPA 3.96/4.00

Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough, MA

High School Diploma, GPA 4.95/5.00

Coursework

Data Structures

During this course, I learned various programming concepts and how to apply mathematical tools like order notation to evaluate the efficiency of a program. I was also introduced to several data structures, including binary search trees, heaps, maps, hash tables, and linked lists. I was able to apply these structures and principles to challenging homework and lab assignments using C++.

Computer Science I

This course was my first taste of a college computer science course. I learned how to design basic computer programming algorithms as well as how to use a top-down approach to tackle complex problems. I applied these concepts to homework and lab assignments using Python.

Introduction to Information Technology and Web Science (ITWS)

This course spurred my interest in pursuing a dual major with Information Technology and Web Science. I was introduced to web architecture and development, computer networking, and database systems, among many other topics as they relate to information technology. I also worked in a group on a semester long project to develop a website using the concepts that were covered in class, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, and PHP.

Introduction to Cognitive Science

This course introduced me to the growing and interdisciplinary field of cognitive science. I learned how unique fields like philosophy, psychology, computer science, neuroscience, and linquistics intersect. This course confirmed my interest in pursuing a minor in Cognitive Science. As a student who is curious about artificial intelligence and machine learning, I believe that supplementing my computer science degree with courses related to cognitive science will enable me to explore these interests.

Skills

C++
SQL

Experiences

Software Development Engineer Intern, Amazon

I am currently a Software Development Engineer intern within Amazon Web Services.

Undergraduate Researcher, Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab, RPI

I have been an undergraduate researcher at the Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL) since September 2020. CISL is a collaboration program between RPI and IBM Research that advances research and development across a variety of disciplines.

Sales Associate, Kohl's, Northborough, MA

As a sales associate, I greeted shoppers, attended to customer needs, and organized displays. I exhibited responsibility, punctuality, and effective communication skills. I found my time at Kohl's to be a valuable experience.

Volunteer, Northborough Senior Center, Northborough, MA

I worked in the kitchen as a volunteer at my local senior center. My responsibilities included setting the tables, preparing and serving meals, and cleaning up in the kitchen. I made connections with my co-volunteers and enjoyed interacting with guests.

Activities

Vice Chair, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM-W)

ACM-W supports and celebrates the participation of women in all aspects of the computing field. The RPI chapter provides students with programs and services to educate them about opportunities in computer science and aid their professional growth.

Web Master and Volunteer, Food Recovery Network

The RPI chapter of the Food Recovery Network fights food waste and hunger by recovering food from dining halls and delivering it to local shelters. As a volunteer, I participate in food recoveries. I am also developing a website for our chapter to facilite weekly sign ups and recruit new members.

Developer, Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS)

RCOS enables students to participate in open-source projects that solve real-world problems. As a member, I have gained experience in the code review process and have learned how to discuss the technical and non-technical aspects of a project. I participate in RCOS for course credit.

Secretary and Instructor, Coding&&Community

Coding&&Community is a student-run organization that aims to close the disparities in computer science education, especially relating to race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. As an instructor, I teach weekly Python lessons to middle and high school students through RPI STEP (Science Technology Entry Program).

Certifications

Alteryx Designer Core Certified, Alteryx

Over the course of a few months, I utilized the Alteryx community learning academy to familiarize myself with the fundamentals of Alteryx Designer, which is a data analytics tool that enables data preparation, blending, and analysis. I learned about the functionality of various tools, how to configure them, and much more. This experience gave me a newfound understanding of the power of data transformation.

Java Programming Masterclass for Software Developers, Udemy

I took an online Java course to further diversify my knowledge of programming languages. I acquired core Java skills, including polymorphism and inheritance, object-oriented programming, generics, concurrency, and lambda expressions. In this course I was also introduced to JavaFX, unit testing using JUnit, Java Database Connectivity (JDBC), and networking.

Google Cloud Essentials, Qwiklabs

During a Cloud Study Jam hosted by Developer Student Clubs RPI, I had free access to Google's online cloud labs and was introduced to Google Cloud Essentials through a hands-on introductory-level quest. I learned key concepts, such as how to write Cloud Shell commands and create virtual machines.

Projects

I enjoy taking part in coding projects that can have an impact. As a student in computer science, I believe that it's important to put new skills to practice, and getting involved allows me to do just that—whether it's through research, hackathons, or personal interest.

HASS Pathways
Frontend DeveloperSummer 2020

This summer I volunteered for and was selected to co-develop a website with six other students that will help RPI students explore their humanities curriculum options. I am currently working on the user interface for our website using Vue.js, a framework with which I had no previous experience or knowledge. My teammates and I utilized routing, state management, and local storage to ease and improve the user experience. Through participating in this project, I have learned the importance of effective communication and time management as well as how to work with students of varying levels of experience. As an entirely virtual endeavor, this experience has been both challenging and fulfilling, and I am excited to take on similar opportunities in the future.

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Machine Common Sense Project, Tetherless World Constellation
Undergraduate ResearcherSpring 2020

The Machine Common Sense program broadly aims to address the absence or presence of common-sense knowledge in AI machines. The more specific objective is to identify and explore knowledge sources, including Web Data Commons (WDC). These sources provide information and relationships that describe how language is actually used in the world. As an undergraduate researcher, I analyzed these sources, writing Python scripts to extract data from them. More specifically, I parsed out spatial data from a corpus of WDC product information. My work contributed to a large-scale common-sense knowledge graph, or network of semantic relationships. I also participated in a virtual research project symposium by submitting a presentation of my work.

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ScheduleMe
Frontend DeveloperFall 2019

ScheduleMe is the term project that I created with two other students during my semester in Information Technology and Web Science. The goal of this website is to make it easier for RPI students to plan group meetings for academic and recreational purposes, allowing them to manually input their courses and other weekly activites. I primarily contributed to the frontend aspect of our website, using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create a user-friendly and effective user interface. I put careful thought into the layout and design features to not only make the site visually appealing but also easy to use. In addition, I designed and created the logo for our website.

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JJETrelief
Developer, HackRPIFall 2019

During the fall of my first semester at RPI, I decided to participate in my school's annual hackathon. One of the themes of this year's hackathon was Natural Disaster and Mitigation, so my team decided to implement a website that enables users to donate to underrepresented communities affected by natural disasters all over the world. I focused on the frontend portion of the project, helping to design the donation form on the website.

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