Academic and Professional
Project Euler problems solved
Graduate-level Courses Taken
My name is Clark Zinzow, I'm a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin - Madison with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. I have an avid interest in taking on challenging projects - whether it be in a research, entrepreneurial, professional, or recreational capacity - and I am continuing to follow that passion at Descartes Labs, as a software engineer on the product, research, and machine learning teams.
I'm working at Descartes Labs as a software engineer on the product, research, and machine learning teams. I'm building web applications, working on satellite imagery ingestion software, and some other stuff that I can't talk about. But I can assure you. it's some pretty neat stuff.
At any given time, I am typically working on four or five projects focused on some subset of these interests. See my project portfolio below for more information on many of these areas.
I work as a software engineer on the product, research, and machine learning teams.
I build web applications, work on satellite image ingestion software, and other stuff that I can't talk about.
I recently completed my Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at UW-Madison. I have taken the following classes (classes above 700 are graduate classes):
For Benefit Concepts, I created a dynamic, persistent parallax company website using a custom Bootstrap-Material design hybrid CSS framework.
In addition to my web development work, I researched Human Resources and payroll software systems in order to determine if the company should include said software within their products and services package. In order to improve the company's efficiency and data persistency, I set up cloud services solutions for these problems and provided the requisite documentation to give each employee the knowledge to fully utilize the services. I also set up the company's encrypted e-mail system via Microsoft Azure RMS and maintained that system.
For Northwestern Mutual, I provided consultation on choosing the best enterprise and personal software and cloud services for the typical financial advisor's workflow, and ensured that said software and cloud services were compliant with Northwestern Mutual's security standards.
For DoIT, I carried out web development contract work for a variety of UW-Madison departments, creating full websites, custom WordPress plugins and themes, and providing general website maintenance. Through these projects, I learned how to complete a complex development project efficiently via test-driven development, issue tracking, and good programming practices.
For UW-Madison OHR, I processed missed payroll requests and foreign nationals' tax forms, requiring research into complex non-resident alien tax compliance issues. I learned how to use several large software systems, including Oracle PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, UW-Madison's Human Resource System, and Arctic International's Glacier Non-Resident Alien Tax Compliance System.
For the Purple Comet Math Meet, I assisted users of purplecomet.org with any difficulties with the website or with the math competition. I gained valuable people skills by providing IT support to team supervisors in high-pressure situations (the timed competition was underway), learning how to manage the stressful situations by providing calm instructions to fix the problem.
Despite finishing all required classes for my mathematics degree by the end of my second year, I continued to take mathematics courses for the final three years, delving into graduate-level mathematics. Taking graduate math classes as I finished my CS degree gave me the opportunity to partake in some interesting research projects. I am always looking for more!
My mathematics background has allowed me to dive heavily into theoretical Computer Science. At this point, (theoretical) machine learning, computational complexity, and algorithm analysis are the three research areas that interest me the most. I am currently doing independent research in several areas of machine learning. Please contact me if you want to learn more about my research, or if you wish to discuss your own!
I have a small amount of experience developing iOS and Android applications, and I am extremely interesting in getting into virtual reality app development. Right now, my app focus is directed towards finding ways to embed machine intelligence into a variety of applications and exploring the future UI possibilities with the advent of virtual reality, augmented reality, and chatbots. Although I like developing native apps, I'm a huge fan of Ionic Framework; being able to port over my web development experience without losing that native application feel and functionality is awesome.
I have experience developing websites and web applications with a variety of languages, frameworks, and tools. Providing a high quality user experience in all of my public facing applications is very important to me; I am always adding knew UX tools to my repertoire and I do my best to keep up with current development and design trends.
" Clark is a talented and hardworking developer that is extremely passionate about making great applications. "
" He brings math and CS books to the gym to read between pickup basketball games. That should tell you how much he likes this stuff. "
" He does computers good I guess. "
Please feel free to contact me if you believe that I could be a good candidate for any position, if you wish to collaborate on some research or a project, or if you just want to chat.