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Patrick Paxson

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Previous positions

  • Software Development Intern at Qualcomm
  • Software Development Intern at Lone Wolf Development

Education

University of California San Diego, Bachelor of Science – BS, Double Major: Computer Science & Cognitive Science: Machine Learning & Neural Computation

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Background

Summary

Computer scientist, biologist, and musician at UCSD interested in machine learning. President of Triton Robosub. Software developer at Advanced Technologies Integration.

Experience

  • Software Developer

    Advanced Technologies Integration

    June 2018 – Present(1 year 4 months)Greater San Diego Area

    + Developed an iOS digital checkup app with Objective-C and CocoaPods + Created a webpage using Microsoft Dynamics, JavaScript, and CSS + Managed a database and created queries using PHP and MySQL + Created handwriting recognition software with TensorFlow and Python

  • President/Founder/Systems Engineer

    Triton Robosub

    August 2018 – Present(1 year 2 months)La Jolla

    + Founded an autonomous underwater vehicle robotics team at UCSD + Managed finances, logistics, and recruiting of a multidisciplinary team + Constructed and tested an autonomous submarine, focusing on networks + Developed an object detection algorithm with TensorFlow and Python

  • Software Developer

    CTI Technologies

    May 2018 – Present(1 year 5 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Creating solutions using C, C#, C++, Java, and Javascript

  • Software Development Intern

    Qualcomm

    June 2019 – September 2019(3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    + Developed in Python to create a 5G testing route optimization algorithm + Created automated cron job email reports in Python to 5G testing teams + Tested UI and usability aspects of data visualization tools for internal use + Programmed automation scripts for managing and organizing data

  • Software Development Intern

    Lone Wolf Development

    June 2018 – September 2018(3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    + Created RESTful API calls with C# programs + Tested API calls with HTML and jQuery + Researched cloud software and presented a compare/contrast report + Developed in a Microsoft Azure test environment

  • Research Intern

    Singlera Genomics Incorperated

    June 2016 – August 2016(2 months)La Jolla, San Diego

    + Chemically prepared blood and feces samples for testing + Researched CRISPR DNA sequences for testing purposes

Education

  • University of California San Diego

    Bachelor of Science – BS, Double Major: Computer Science & Cognitive Science: Machine Learning & Neural Computation

    2018 – 2021

    Pursuing a BS in a Computer Science and a BS in a Cognitive Science with a Specialization in Machine Learning and Neural Computation, with minors in General Biology and Music. GPA: 3.7

    Activities and Societies

    UC HealthHack 2018, Tespa Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Fall 2018 & Spring 2019, Roleplaying Games Club, UCSD Hearthstoners, Triton Robosub

  • Palomar College

    Associate’s degree, Computer Science

    2017 – 2018

    Took enough classes from Palomar to graduate and transfer in one year. Took classes here instead of my senior year of high school in order to further pursue computer science. GPA: 3.7

    Activities and Societies

    Math Club member, Flute/Piccolo player for the Palomar Symphony Orchestra, IGETC Certified

  • Took many classes from City College both online and in person over several summers

  • Took several classes over the summer

  • Westview High School

    GED

    2014 – 2017

    I graduated after three years and began attending community college early.

    Activities and Societies

    San Diego Robotics 101 Software Developer, JV Water Polo, Math Club Member, Vice President of Magic: The Gathering Club, Member of the Marching Band in Freshman year

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese

    Limited working proficiency

  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Projects

  • Flu Shot Finder

    October 2018

    Flu shot locator app and verification service created during the UC Health Hack 2018.

    Team Members (2):
    • Patrick Paxson,
    • Ata Tafazoli Yazdi

Skills & Expertise

  • Computer Science
  • Git
  • Robotics
  • Application Programming Interfaces
  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Recombinant DNA
  • Acoustics
  • Verilog
  • Eclipse
  • C#
  • Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Excel
  • English
  • Public Speaking
  • CUDA
  • Python
  • Objective-C
  • Web Development
  • Microsoft Office
  • Representational State Transfer (REST)
  • Mac
  • jQuery
  • Research
  • TensorFlow
  • Handwriting Recognition
  • Teaching
  • Teamwork
  • PHP
  • Mandarin
  • REST API
  • C
  • Microsoft Azure
  • MySQL
  • C++
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • HTML
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Programming
  • Java
  • Testing
  • Software Development
  • iOS
  • SQL
  • CocoaPods
  • Windows
  • Assembly Language

Certifications

  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

    Palomar College, License

    May 2018

Courses

University of California San Diego

  • Digital Systems Laboratory(CSE 140L)
  • Musical Acoustics(MUS 170)
  • Math for Algorithms and Systems Analysis(CSE 21)
  • Components and Design Techniques for Digital Systems(CSE 140)
  • Computer Music I (MUS 171)
  • Computer Music II(MUS 172)
  • Software Tools and Technique Lab(CSE 15L)
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms(CSE 101)
  • Advanced Data Structures (CSE 100)
  • Recombinant DNA Techniques(BIMM 101)
  • Basic Data Structures and Object-Oriented Design(CSE 12)
  • Theory of Computation (CSE 105)

Palomar College

  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry (College Calculus 3)(MATH 205)
  • C++ & Object-Oriented Programming(CSCI 222)
  • Discrete Mathematics(MATH 245)
  • Machine Organization & Assembly Language(CSCI 212)
  • Java for Information Technology(CSWB 170)
  • Calculus with Differential Equations (College Calculus 4)(MATH 206)
  • Programming Fundamentals II(CSCI 114)
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra(MATH 200)
  • Data Structures(CSCI 210)

Honors & Awards

  • Honors Performer at Carnegie Hall

    Honors Performance

    June 2014

    I was selected to perform as part of an honor band at Carnegie Hall in New York for flute, among many applicants across the country. It was reported in a local magazine as well: http://92129magazine.com/2014/12/05/patrick-paxson-pushes-himself-towards-more-and-more-musical-successes/

  • John Philip Sousa Award

    Jay Posteraro, Band Director at Mesa Verde Middle School

    May 2014

    I won the JPS Award in eighth grade through my school band. I performed a flute solo at the year-end concert as a part of receiving the award.

  • Provost Honors Fall 2018

    Earl Warren College

    December 2018

    Achieved for taking more than 12 graded units and maintaining above a 3.5 GPA

  • Provost Honors Winter 2019

    Earl Warren College

    March 2019

    Achieved for taking more than 12 graded units and maintaining above a 3.5 GPA

  • Triton Research and Experiential Learning Scholars (TRELS) Award

    Earl Warren College

    April 2019

    Introduces students to what experiential learning looks like in their field and promote an understanding that experiential learning encompasses more than just research. Provide students with an understanding of the collaborative processes involved in research, creative work production, and other experiential learning practices. Increases participation in experiential learning opportunities for underrepresented and low-income students.

Organizations

  • San Diego Robotics 101

    Computer Engineer

    September 2014 – August 2017

    I was part of a club competing in Robonation’s Robosub, and this experience inspired me to establish an organization at UCSD. I have experience both building the AUVs and programming for them. Our team won the “Innovation on a Budget” award in 2015, and our robot has placed in the competition in 2015 and 2017. I developed a state machine archetype for controlling our AUV, managing sonar, CV, and dead reckoning inputs to decide state changes. This was programmed in Python and was run on custom FPGA boards and Raspberry Pis.

  • Role Playing Games Club

    Officer

    September 2018 – Present

    Helping to organize quarterly General Body Meetings, reserving rooms for players to host sessions, securing discounts for software from Lone Wolf Development.

  • UCSD Hearthstoners

    Co-founder

    December 2018 – Present

    Organizing Fireside Gatherings and other social events related to Hearthstone

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Student Mentor

    FTC Team Cherry Pi

    June 2015 – Present(4 years 4 months)Education

    I was a student mentor for FTC Team Cherry Pi, team number 11411. I teach middle-high school aged kids about programming and help to run the weekly meetings. In the 2017-2018 season, Cherry Pi went to the World Championship in Houston. I previously coached them when they were an FLL Team in 2015-2016 as well, helping them learn programming and put together a agreat presentation of their project, making plastic out of avocado pits.

  • Math Club Coach

    Mesa Verde Middle School

    September 2015 – May 2017(1 year 8 months)Education

    I was a student coach for middle school kids, going to their school on Wednesday mornings to teach them math concepts. I used the experience I got from competing in math competitions to be able to teach them concepts that came up many times in both competition and in school.

  • Mentor

    All GIrls STEM Society

    June 2016 – July 2016(1 month)Education

    I helped teach STEM concepts to elementary-middle school girls at workshops that AGSS created. It taught things like math using creative and fun activities like oragami. I also presented many future workshop ideas to further grow the organization, including Biology-related ideas.

  • Math Coach

    Ocean Air Elementary School

    June 2016 – August 2016(2 months)Education

    I coached elementary school children about math using fun activites and projects.

  • Field Reset Volunteer

    FIRST

    February 2018 – March 2019(1 year 1 month)Education

    Helped run FIRST Tech Challenge San Diego regional competitions

  • HackXX Hackathon Volunteer

    Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC)

    April 2019Science and Technology

    Helped to check in mentors, judges, volunteers, and participants. Helped run events during the hackathon. Helped clean up after the event ended.