Serge Plaski

Web Application Developer Certified Google Cloud Engineer

Software engineer with over 15 years of industry experience, including the last 6 years as a web application developer.

Some of the technologies I've been working with recently:

  • JavaScript (ES6+)
  • React
  • Next.js
  • TypeScript
  • Node.js
  • Google Cloud

I am based in Florida and open to new opportunities (on-site or remote) .  

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About Me

I've had the priviledge of working for companies in finance , insurance , mortgage , travel , advertising , and most recently, for a software startup . This diverse experience has given me the opportunity to work in various environments with different technologies and frameworks.

Software engineering isn't just my job or expertise - it's a way of life that combines passion, creativity, and problem-solving. It's not just what I do, but who I am.

Work Experience

  1. 2019 — April 2024

    Worked on several projects including e-commerce platforms, web applications, and cloud infrastructure.

    • Within a cross-functional team of 4 developers, a designer, and a product owner, championed an effort to collect requirements, model, design, and prototype the new frontend for the IWWI marketplace e-commerce web app .
    • Built and maintained the frontend components and elements of the backend API.
    • Overviewed project code libraries to implement best practices for high performance and web accessibility.
    • Worked with the MAXIMA retail chain 's backend team to design, implement, and connect to the frontend the new REST API that replaced a legacy system for administrating the supply chain; Facilitated the migration of the intranet backend infrastructure to the cloud using GCP.
    • Designed and built from scratch the current site for SOWADEV . Built and connected a CGP cloud function (nodemailer) to collect contact information, send emails, and log to Firestore. Optimized web site performance and SEO headers to follow Google Search Console best practices.
    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • React React
    • Next.js Next.js
    • TypeScript TypeScript
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • Tailwind CSS Tailwind CSS
    • Node.js Node.js
    • Express.js Express.js
    • REST API REST API
    • Figma Figma
    • MongoDB MongoDB
    • Ferebase Firebase
    • Google Cloud Platform GCP
  2. 2019

      As a React Developer, I worked on two consumer mortgage projects for FiberMortgage and BaselineReverse .

    • Facilitated upgrades and implemented new features to the internal web app handling mortgage quote applications used by loan officers at FiberMortgage
    • Troubleshooted and fixed the code issues and updated the mortgage calculator component, added dynamic address lookup feature that used the Google Geocoding API via an AWS service; organized and maintained the CSS project stylesheet library.
    • Prototyped and developed a general frontend template built with React/Redux for mortgage service providers to be used as part of SaaS offering for BaselineReverse . The app featured news feed, agents info, lead generation/tracking tool, sign-up/login functionality, and the frontend part of customer application form handling.
    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • React React
    • Redux Redux
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • Material UI Material UI
    • Geocoding API Geocoding API
    • Bootstrap Bootstrap
    • REST API REST API
  3. 2018

    Following a four-month long frontend training program, I worked as a React Developer at Scrum Smart Project - a non-profit startup that helped Scrum Masters assess and measure the progress of the scrum process within the organization, plan the transition, and execute the steps to reach the organization's goals.

    • Built application components and elements of the application UI library using React and Redux.
    • Developed and implemented application logic for user registration, login and authorization via Google Auth2.
    • Application logic and components for saving and updating the assessment results on different stages of the process.
    • Developed JS utility libraries for interacting with back-end via REST API using async functions and Thunk middleware.
    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • React React
    • Redux Redux
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • REST API REST API
    • Scrum Scrum
  4. 2012-2016

    At US Assure, I played an integral part in transitioning the legacy commercial insurance document management system built on AS400 and Lotus Notes to a modern web application platform (Microsoft SharePoint, .NET, and SQL Server). I also performed project tasks as a BI Engineer.

    • Built components for required forms selection (compliance) and policy raters using C# and Entity Framework.
    • Wrote unit and integration tests for testing business components.
    • Performed analysis of the policy submissions data by querying multiple sources; wrote custom SQL scripts for collecting, organizing, and grouping data.
    • Authored and supported SSIS packages for data aggregation from external systems including daily data feeds from partners' systems, XML feeds from internal systems, feeds from the web policy management system, and work management app into stage tables for further processing into a cube.
    • Debugged and fixed the old SQL Server data transformation services (DTS) packages; converted them to SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages.
    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • HTML & CSS HTML & CSS
    • REST API REST API
    • dotNET .NET
    • SQL SQL
    • SSIS SIIS
  5. 2007-2012

    At ZIS, I picked up the leading role in development and support of the existing in-house document management application for handling application submissions and policy servicing built on Lotus Notes application platform. Implemented and successfully deployed two major releases to production.

    • Redesigned the in-house document management system to add automatic processing of incoming email and e-fax correspondence and external data feeds; added automated attachment extraction, processing, deduplication, and filing by line of business and policy type.
    • Implemented new CRM features and enhancements, icluding policy documentation management and document search, integrated customer communication history, and logic for Reps' availability, scheduling/task management.
    • Migrated the application through two major releases of Domino platform; added a completely new web frontend for application submissions and an internal Rep's portal.
    • Facilitated major code improvements, optimization, and Tier III support for the company's document management and electronic document filing and storage solutions on the SQL/NSF blob storage/AS400 back-end.
    • Acted as liaison between business groups and developers, authored technical documentation and user instruction sets for key business applications.
    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • AJAX AJAX
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • XML XML
    • REST API REST API
    • SQL SQL
    • Lotus Domino Lotus Domino
  6. 2004-2007

    • Implemented new features and provided incremental updates for internal Lotus Domino applications including CRM, travel agencies' discounts and requests workflow, and document management.
    • Developed and maintained a web application for managing on-board crew and staff standards and procedure manuals.
    • Built a web-based Supply Chain application for logging delivery data and reporting of vendor errors and problems.
    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • AJAX AJAX
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • XML XML
    • REST API REST API
    • SQL SQL
    • Lotus Domino Lotus Domino
  7. 2003-2004

    I specialized in design and development of custom document management and workflow applications on the Lotus Notes/Domino platform, adding new features and interfaces for external data and APIs. I also provided Tier III support for custom productivity application suite developed by Data Solutions for corporate customers.

    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • AJAX AJAX
    • iQuery jQuery
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • REST API REST API
    • Lotus Domino Lotus Domino
  8. 1999-2002

    Worked as a Application Developer at Prudential Securities in NYC prior to their to merger with Wachovia.

    • Designed and implemented the Editorial Workflow application used by Equity Research Department for authoring and approval of Research notes for Prudential Capital Markets website and external financial services.
    • Built and maintained a tool for Equity Research and Marketing Departments that integrated with Word and performed automated data checks, branded formatting, and Word-to-PDF conversion of Morning Meeting Briefs for distribution among Institutional Investment clients.
    • Programmed a compliance workflow utility for automating the process of creation, monitoring, and archival of firm’s restricted equity lists for Compliance Department.
    • VBA VBA
    • XML XML
    • REST API REST API
    • Lotus Domino Lotus Domino

Selected Projects

  1. SOWADEV site screenshot

    I have built the site from scratch with pure Jamstack (JavaScript, HTML, and CSS), usng responsive/mobile-first design approach, with animations and trasitions.

    Analyzed and optimized the site for performance, accessibility, and SEO using Lighthouse and Google Search Console tools.

    Deployed to GCP Firebase plaform, the site uses Cloud Functions (Node.js/Express.js) to handle API requests, collect data from frontend, and store it in Cloud Firestore.

    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • Node.js Node.js
    • Express.js Express.js
    • Geocoding API Geocoding API
    • Cloud Functions Cloud Functions
    • Firebase Firebase
    • Google Cloud Platform CGP
  2. IWWI Marketplace screenshot

    IWWI Marketplace is an e-commerce platform in development focusing on eco-friendly products and sustainable technologies and services.

    I played an integral part in planning and implementation of the platform, worked on development of the frontend features and interfaces, as well as various business components and integrations with backed.

    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • TypeScript TypScript
    • Next.js Next.js
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
  3. FiberMortgage calculator tool screenshot

    The updated and improved version of the mortgage calculator tool. I have added dynamic address lookup feature that connected to the AWS service and used the Google Geocoding API for on-the-fly address lookup.

    The calculation model was updated to more accurately account for prepaids and adjustments in monthly payment calculation.

    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • React React
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • Geocoding API Geocoding API
  4. Scrum Smart app screenshot

    Scrum Smart Project was a non-profit startup that helped Scrum Masters assess and measure the progress of the Scrum process within the organization, plan the transition, and execute the steps to achieve the organization's goals.

    As a React Developer, I took active part in the project in all stages - from planning to of the delivery and developed and tested bvarious parts of the app.

    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • React React
    • Redux Redux
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
    • REST API REST API
    • Scrum Scrum

Training and Education

  1. 2023

    • Completed the Google Skiils Boost training program consisting of over 40 courses and hands-on labs covering Google Cloud infrastructure, serverless computing, networking, cloud security, deployment, and operations. Advanced topics like load balancing and application scaling with Docker and Kubernetes were also covered.
    • Passed the Google Cloud Associate exam and oficially certified as Google Cloud Engineer .
    • Google Cloud Platform GCP
    • Cloud Computing Cloud Computing
    • Serverless Serverless
    • Cloud Security Cloud Security
    • Cloud Networking Cloud Networking
    • Load Balancing Load Balancing
    • Firebase Firebase
    • Kubernetes Kubernetes
    • Docker Docker
  2. 2018

    • Completed an extensive four-month Frontend Developer Bootcamp at GoIT that covered JavaScript (ES6), React, ang Git, as well as Bootstrap and advanced features of HTML5, CSS3.
    • Following the training, worked as a React Developer at the non-profit Scrum Smart Project.
    • JavaScript JavaScript
    • React React
    • Redux Redux
    • Git Git
    • Bootstrap Bootstrap
    • HTML and CSS HTML & CSS
  3. Degree

    It was at POLY where I found my passion for computers and software. I got the first taste of computer architecture, algorithms, compiling the first C and C++ programs, Unix, and the Web. I was immediately hooked.

    During my last year of studies, I took some graduate courses and completed a project involving image processing and MPEG video compression.