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Virtual + Augmented Reality Software Developer

Summary

I'm an innovative thinker and entrepreneur with a passion for virtual and augmented reality technology. I have over 4 years of experience developing cutting-edge software applications for a wide variety of VR/AR hardware including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft Hololens, Meta 2, Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, ARCore, and Leap Motion, as well as many different industries including healthcare, therapy, tourism, automotive, industrial, architecture, education, and manufacturing. In addition, I've participated in many hackathons and have won prominent awards for my work including the Grand Prize at PennApps XIV. I believe that the field of human computer interaction is accelerating at a rapid pace, and my aim for the future is to enhance people's lives by developing software that will make it easier for us to do the things we love while bringing us closer to the people we value most.

Certifications

2018-06

VR Developer Nanodegree

Udacity

I received my Udacity VR Developer Nanodegree certification on June 3, 2018.

Experience

20152018

Freelance VR/AR Developer

Virtual InSynergy

• Virtual reality tour application for Hewlett Packard Discover Conference 
• VR Photo App that imported 360 degree photos and displayed corresponding data to user via XML data 
• Realistic tennis simulator for HTC Vive virtual reality headset

20172018

Software Developer

BrickSimple

• Introduced potential clients to VR/AR hardware
• Completed quality assurance testing for various software development projects
• Developed innovative apps for Fortune 500 companies and smaller startups
• Worked side-by-side with experienced developers in the field

20142017

Software Development Intern

BrickSimple

• Offered the job as a senior in high school
• Worked with hardware including Microsoft Hololens, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Leap Motion, and Google Cardboard
• Learned how to communicate effectively in the workplace
• Learned how to meet strict deadlines and fulfill clients' requirements

Honors and Awards

2017-2

Accelerate Health Tech Award

Dr. Anita Gupta

• Developed SimulatOR app for Oculus Rift + Touch
• Allowed medical professionals to participate in safety procedures in the operating room without ever leaving their homes
• Awarded 1st Place at Philly Codefest 2017

2016-10

Best Human Well-Being App

Reality Virtually

• Developed StudyVR app for HTC Vive
• Taught students the concept of pressure via haptics and interactive simulations
• Awarded 1st Place at Reality Virtually Hackathon 2016

2016-09

Grand Prize

UPenn

• Developed SpeakAR app for Microsoft Hololens
• Allowed deaf people to visualize and understand spoken word using voice recognition and animated gifs
• Awarded Grand Prize at PennApps XIV
• Flown out to Facebook Campus in Menlo Park, CA to participate in Facebook Global Hackathon

Projects

2018-07

EngageAR

Members: Tyler C. Roach

• Augmented reality conversational demo developed using ARCore and IBM Watson
• Allows one to actually talk with virtual person just as if you were actually talking to someone in real life
Ability to spawn person anywhere and then walk around them as if they were actually there
• Users can speak into phone to “talk” to person and actually hear them respond back, simulating a real life conversation

2018-05

Time Capsule VR

Members: Tyler C. Roach

• Enabled user to live life of another person by placing them in middle of specific scenarios
• Required users to complete certain tasks (communicate with voice via Google Speech API, teleport around, grab items)
Developed for Oculus Go as part of Udacity VR Capstone Project 

2016-09

SpeakAR

Members: Tyler C. Roach, Akshaya Dinesh, Yasmeen Roumie, Minjae Kwon

• Utilized voice recognition to accurately detect what person was saying in real-time and converted it to text
• Dynamically displayed animated sign language images related to specific terms that were said
• Coded voice recognition as well as text/sign language visual interface
Developed for Microsoft Hololens and won Grand Prize at PennApps XIV

Education

20172018

VR Developer Nanodegree

Udacity
  • Completed projects ranging from interactive puzzles to a virtual tourism application
  • Wrote articles on Medium related to virtual reality
  • Attained new VR development skills
  • Learned from experts in the field
20162017

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Drexel University
  • Interactive Digital Media Major
  • Drexel VR Club, Drexel CRU, Drexel Club Tennis
  • Learned how to design and prototype user interfaces for the web with InVision
  • Learned how to use Javascript to add interactive functionality to HTML sites
  • Had article written about me by Drexel newspaper
20152016

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Monmouth University
  • Software Engineering Major
  • Monmouth IEEE, Enactus, Monmouth CRU
  • Learned software engineering best practices
  • Learned how to develop simple Java applications
  • Learned fundamentals of computer science

Interests

  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Simulation
  • User Interfaces
  • Singing
  • Baseball
  • Tennis

Volunteer experience

2014-062017-05

Founder and Organizer

VR Philly

• Virtual reality meetup group in Philadelphia
• Grew group from 100 members to 300 members in little over 1 year
• Speakers included Yuval Boger (Sensics), Rod Haxton (VisiSonics), Ben Lang (Road to VR), and William Provancher (Tactical Haptics)
• Improved my public speaking skills and ability to effectively network with professionals in the industry

2015-05

Presenter

New Hope Solebury Community School

• Spoke to middle school students at New Hope Solebury Middle School at the New Hope Public Library
• Discussed virtual and augmented reality
• Showed them how to create software for virtual reality
• Developed game specifically for them called TechnoMaze

2014-032014-11

Karaoke Host

Riftmax Theater

• One of the very first social events in virtual reality and first ever virtual reality karaoke event
• Took place every Thursday night in VR application called Riftmax Theater
• Opportunity to showcase singing ability to people across the world
• Virtual "avatars" to allow users to interact with each other using their hands and voice
• Brought tons of people to virtual reality while also allowing me to gain recognition in the industry

2013-042013-05

Baseball Mentor

Special Olympics New Jersey

• Taught special needs kids how to play baseball
• Held various drills like throwing, catching, and baserunning
• Learned the importance of being a good role model