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William Chou

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http://www.williamchou.com

Experience

Zynga

Senior Software Engineer

May 2012 — June 2013

  • Frontend feature development in Objective-C and C++ for #1 iOS game "What's the Phrase".
  • Backend tool and admin site development in Node.js for #1 iOS game "Draw Something 2".
  • Part of small frontend team on critically acclaimed Facebook social game "The Friend Game".
  • Conducted code reviews, helped adopt and contributed bug fixes to shared tech.
  • Built cross-platform mobile prototypes in various technologies, including Cocos2d-x and AIR.

Arkadium

Game Programmer

September 2010 — April 2012

  • Part of small team working in C# on Windows 8 OEM games "Solitaire Collection" and "Taptiles".
  • Lead Windows Phone development in C# on Windows 8 mobile companion game.
  • Lead frontend development on Facebook game "Writer's Blox", growing from 18K to 300K MAU.
  • Introduced unit testing to and maintained internal networking API and frontend client library.
  • Wrote common game components for titles "Mahjongg Dimensions" and "Konami Twilight Carnival".

FreshPlanet

Game Developer

Summer 2010

  • Full-stack feature development in AS3, PHP for 150K+ DAU flagship game "Crazy Cow Music Quiz."
  • Fixed critical backend bugs by improving query performance by, in some cases, over 100x.

Build-It-Yourself

Game Developer Intern

Summer 2009

  • Worked in AS3, Flex, PHP, and SQL at a technology education startup.
  • Lead team of programming interns, designed end-to-end stack and contributed over 8,000 LOC.

Cornell University Computational Sustainability

Student Game Developer

Fall 2009

  • As part of a $10MM NSF Grant, developed "Edutainment" game in C# and XNA in a team of six.
  • Designed and wrote fundamental game mechanic that taught linear programming.

Education

Cornell University

M.Eng in Computer Science

2010

GPA: 3.7

Cornell University

B.A. in Computer Science

2009

GPA: 3.4, Dean's List

Activities

Absolute Zero Breakdancing Club

2005 — present

  • 2009 Northeast intercollegiate champions.

Cornell CS Teaching Assistant

Fall 2009

  • Taught recitation and held office hours for programming course CS1112.