Alex Polzien


I am a New York-based web developer with ten years of experience and a formal CS background. For the past eight years I have been primarily focused on the front end, but I'm comfortable working on the back end as well. The work I have found most rewarding is dealing with large, sophisticated web products and finding solutions to difficult problems relating to business needs, user experience, and performance.

Experience - A TripAdvisor Company New York, NY

Senior Software Engineer May 2014 - Preset

  • Front end lead developer
  • Built a new CMS for managing thousands of hotel review documents and blog articles
  • Lead development of the mobile and tablet-optimized version of
  • Built a new viewer for hotel photos and panoramas
  • Built a new public-facing hotel search to improve performance of pricing requests

H.Bloom New York, NY

Senior UI Engineer August 2013 - May 2014

  • Front end lead for public site and numerous internal tools for operations management
  • Helped create a mobile-friendly dashboard for Account Executives for the first H.Bloom Hackathon
  • Working with AngularJS, Git, Java, and Scala New York, NY

Senior Software Design Engineer June 2010 - June 2013

  • Front end lead since 2011 on the company's main product: a hotel review and travel website
  • Focused on front end development, but worked on the full stack (HTML, CSS, jQuery-heavy front end; Python, Cheetah,, PostgreSQL back end)
  • Shipped code weekly, iterating constantly to refine our product
  • Worked directly with V.P. of Product and design department to design and spec new features
  • Worked with business development to implement changes to the revenue model
  • Worked directly with Director of Technology and back end developers to plan implementation strategies and participate in peer review of code

Thomson Reuters Boston, MA

New Media Specialist February 2008 - June 2010

  • Produced live video and audio webcasts for large, corporate clients featuring content ranging from investor relations and internal communications to product launches
  • Built custom webcast player pages using HTML, CSS and JavaScript - implementing custom functionality by integrating with our webcast platform's JavaScript API

integritive, inc. Asheville, NC

Web Developer December 2006 - February 2008

  • Full-stack (PHP/MySQL/rich front ends) web development for our clients
  • Worked in a highly independent environment — furnishing estimates for projects, deciding implementation plans, and managing tasks to deliver projects on time and within budget
  • Worked directly with clients to decide and manage project specifications

eGlobal Design, inc. (defunct) Asheville, NC

Web Developer June 2005 - December 2006

  • Built content management systems and e-commerce systems with PHP and MySQL
  • Sole developer for most of this period


UNC Asheville 2005

BS Computer Science, BS Music Technology, Mathematics Minor