My name is Gabriel Cziprusz. The goal of gabrielcziprusz.com is to present my work and showcase my technical skills to prospective employers.
I have a passion for taking user experience to the next level by creating interfaces using the latest tools and technologies and believe that a user-friendly interface is a major determinant of a successful software product.
I take great pride in my work and love contributing to a team of knowledgeable, friendly
professionals who are eager to learn and master new things.
I believe that empowered employees are one of the greatest potential assets a company can have.
My goal is to work in a culture-driven environment where innovation,
personal and professional development, fair
business and growth are at the forefront.
To contact me, please refer to the Contact Section.
Below are some projects from my previous employers. Some of the Acxiom and ICF projects are not accessible to the public and cannot be shared.
Nexhib.it is a project management tool for a tradeshow and portable exhibit company.
This project was created using Ruby on Rails and Postgres running on Heroku. The front end is composed of angular.js and a gantt
chart library called dhtmlxgantt. Bootstrap is used as a style and component engine with static and user assets served from Amazon S3.
This project was created to promote Acxiom's new marketing platform and to
collect leads. The site is responsive and uses
html5 boilerplate as a starting point.
The page sections are anchored and can be accessed using a statically positioned top navigation menu using jQuery.
The 1400 pixel wide content area is designed to be fluid and adapt to the users' screen size to
provide an optimal experience on smaller screens. Cookies are used to keep track of returning visitors.
The challenge with this project was integrating it with a platform called Marketo without
compromising the look and functionality of the page.
The responsive splash page was created to provide a friendly mobile experience
for users booking a stay at a Golden Nugget property. The page uses CSS3 media queries to scale for
smaller screens and to swap out the reservation links. A lightweight jQuery plugin called easySlider was used
to create the background sliders.
An online resource was created describing our approach to development, best practices,
and web standards. Our internal and external clients were the intended
audience for this page.
This is an innovative website to catalyze public-private partnerships for investment in sustainable
urban infrastructure and expanding markets for clean technology, products, and services.
The site was developed using the latest front end technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery.
The site's design is responsive, so the website is available on mobile devices and tablet computers.
NCHRP's online Research Performance Measure tool is a web application originally designed to assist state departments
of transportation in gauging research effectiveness. The initial implementation of the tool was too complex; and therefore,
ICF was hired to redesign the website to attract more users to the system. My responsibilities included designing parts of
the database, implementing and configuring full text search using Apache Solr, implementing the authentication system,
and handling all deployments.
This application was designed for the Strategic Highway Research Program 2
of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). My role in the project as a developer was to build a highly interactive
web tool that educates researchers and transportation professionals about the new collaborative decision-making framework
that ICF designed for the TRB. The web tool presents the framework and provides users with a diagnostic tool to determine
how the framework can be used in specific projects. The ICF team developed the collaborative decision-making framework based
on interviews and workshops with major transportation stakeholders including the Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration,
resource agencies, state transportation departments,
and metropolitan planning organizations. ICF is also developing an IT tool to showcase the framework and educate practitioners for
direct implementation. My focus was on developing controllers, views, and models, as well as adding dynamic functionality to the
site's user interface.
Technologies used include Ruby on Rails, MySQL database, SOLR search engine, jQuery.
The system was created for the NRC's Fitness-for-duty (FFD) program. The new system architecture was designed by myself with guidance from the Technical Director. The updated version has several new features, which allow drug & alcohol, fatigue, and annual report submissions. The redesigned submission system processes PDF forms by polling an inbox folder on the server, and then cleans and normalizes the data before inserting it into a relational database. A new email feature notifies users about potential submission issues. I also supported previous versions of this system and have a good understanding of the overall system architecture. Using my prototype, several reports were developed. My assistance with T-SQL queries to gather report data was a great opportunity to learn the FFD's database architecture. Technologies used include SQL Server 2008, Java, Spring Framework, Jasper Reports, XML.
The objective of the "Suggested Products Module" project was to design a new module for Exemplum's Flash demos which enables users to look at products related to the one they are currently viewing.
The flash component calls an aspx page using action script. The aspx class connects to a SQL-SERVER database and returns the related products using a stored procedure and a relationship algorithm. The aspx code writes the products to an XML document. The XML document is consumed by the Flash Demo and the related products are displayed to the user.
I believe that the most important characteristics of a good web developer are curiosity, commitment to lifelong learning, the desire to improve, and the courage to experiment and make mistakes.
The skill list below is not an all inclusive list of technologies I have had the opportunity to work with, but rather my most recent favorites to solve web development problems.
"I have 5 years enterprise level JAVA experience"
"I am a carpenter who knows how to use a hammer and has 5 years of experience with it."
Share my passion for web development as a team member, mentor, and leader in helping Lonely Planet become the best online companion to travelers all over the world.
Through my role at Acxiom, I gained insight about marketing campaigns and e-commerce. I had a chance to lead and contribute to projects outside of "just" development. Shortly after joining Acxiom, I created and led a Responsive Design user group, which provided a collaborative forum and a chance to "geek out" about new technical advancements. Contributing to my team's blog was a great way to stay current with the evolving web technology. I also served as a technical advisor, which was a great way to exercise leadership and have input into the implementation of projects. Apart from these leadership and advisory roles, I had a chance to write code and contributed to various projects for Fortune 500 clients ranging from the nation's biggest banks, airlines, logistics and insurance companies, technology firms and retail chains. Acxiom's new product, the Audiece Operating System (AOS) has the promise to change marketing forever. It couples Acxiom’s massive dataset with a new business intelligence ecosystem. The development of AOS is led by Dr. Phil Mui, previous product manager of Google Analytics. It was an incredible honor to support the marketing effort of this potentially groundbreaking product.
ICF helped me get to the next level and gain experience with full life cycle projects in interesting domains. During my time at ICF, I have been a part of many good causes such as helping homeless resource agencies, supporting a joint U.S. Brazil urban sustainability effort, and assisting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission improve safety regulations. Through these projects, I was exposed to interesting technologies and frameworks such as: JAVA, Ruby on Rails, Groovy on Grails, C# ASP.NET MVC4, PHP, ColdFusion, HTML5, jQuery, CSS3, T-SQL,Pl-SQL.
As a part of Exemplum's web development team, I engineered ASP.NET, Flash, and Flex based applications for this online product marketing company based at the Virginia Tech corporate research center in Blacksburg, VA.
Supervised computer staff and IT equipment at a public university in Radford, VA.
Administered a PHP-based website for a non-profit community service organization located in Dublin, VA.
Assisted end users with satellite internet connection problems for a Fortune 300 company in Christiansburg, VA