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Poonam Tathavadkar

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Previous positions

  • Co-op Software Engineer at Intuit
  • Supervisor at Residential Safety Office at Northeastern University

Education

Northeastern University, Master of Science (MS), Computer Science

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Background

Summary

Believes in driving things to completion and talking about data driven achievements. Extremely passionate about work and life and aim is always to give the best in whatever I am doing and make the best out of every moment. Before joining Intuit, I was doing my Master’s in Computer Science at Northeastern University and graduated in December 2014. I have an insatiable hunger for knowledge and firmly believe in the saying that “Learning is an ongoing process” and is applicable at all ages. My only desire is to keep absorbing and learning new things and apply them for the benefit of the organization and strive to make myself and the company better.

Experience

  • Software Engineer 2

    Intuit

    January 2015 – Present(4 years 9 months)

    MARCH 2017 – Present -Driving multiple, huge impact initiatives dealing with Product Line Up and Visual revamps in the product as a core web developer for the Turbo Tax Online product. -Chosen as the lead for Accessibility for TurboTax (Consumer Tax Group). Responsible for driving initiatives that radically enhanced the pace and made the projects more robust against accessibility standards. – Presented at multiple conferences like GHC, CSUN for Accessibility, React Native meetup at Facebook around areas of React Development/ Accessibility OCTOBER 2015 – MARCH 2017 -Represented Intuit as a speaker at the ReactNative meetup held in Mountain View (June 2016), was recognized for the same for sharing valuable experiences and knowledge with the community. – Chosen to be an active contributor in the initiative to redevelop the product using ReactNative from native Objective C. Focussed on the delivery of this milestone. – Successfully delivered the same and continuing to focus on the entire redevelopment process. Drove the initiative to achieve performance monitoring of the product. Communicated and coordinated with third party vendors like AppDynamics to make that possible. – Responsible for making sure that the product is completely accessible. Learnt and successfully implemented accessibility in the new venture using ReactNative. – Enthusiast in early on-boarding for new hires. Essayed the role of a recruiter for on-campus interviews at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Also, was chosen as a mentor for new coops/interns. JANUARY 2015 – OCTOBER 2015 – As a part of the core iOS application team, was a part of the team that delivered TurboTax iOS app in 2015 – Responsible for making the iOS application more accessible.(Learnt accessibility in iOS as a part of the process and met the objective before release within a stipulated time).

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  • Co-op Software Engineer

    Intuit

    January 2014 – June 2014(5 months)California

    1. Data Quality Team Problem-Users if face errors in the Mint account if they do not update bank account credentials and do not know what the problem is. Solution-The team was looking to come up with a user interactive approach to help guide users about the kind of error they are running into an guiding them towards the solution. My contribution-I as the sole front end engineer on the team,designed and implemented a feature for the product which eased the error resolution steps for the user and helped them resolve their errors in a better way thus improving the data metrics for the product.The feature led to a drop in the error rate by a margin of almost 20-25% and satisfied tweets from customers saying how much they loved it. 2. Mint Marketing Team Problem-Wide range of people who use the product.Different age groups might find different designs and features interesting and appealing to them.How to tap all these people and make sure that they see what they want to? My contribution-The team wanted to launch tests for the homepage seeing what kind of design is appealing to which kind of a customer.So built these pages using Bootstrap3,media queries and making these pages responsive. 3. Innovation Jams Resistance of users to signup for the product without having got a feel of used it.I,with the help of a colleague built a new home page which helped users estimate their budgets, goals and get a feel of how to use the product and increase their willingness to trust and sign up for us. Problem-The user base is always viewed as Web users and Mobile users.But,there also lies a section of users who open the product website on devices like iPads,phones which may not be a good user experience so proposed a way of making the Web Team pages responsive. My contribution-I,using Media Queries and presented it in front of the the leaders at Mint a few existing pages by making them responsive in a span of 2 days.The idea was later used by me in one of the Mint Marketing home pages.

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  • On campus job at Northeastern University

Education

  • Northeastern University

    Master of Science (MS), Computer Science

    2012 – 2014

  • Xavier Institute of Engineering

    Bachelor of Engineering (BE), Information Technology

    2008 – 2012

Languages

  • English

    Full professional proficiency

  • Marathi

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Hindi

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Sanskrit

    Elementary proficiency

Projects

  • My Website being developed under Web Development Course under Professor Jose Annunziato and Professor Richard Rasala

    September 2013

    I am developing this website as a part of the CS5610 Web development course at Northeastern University. It is still under construction and will be upgraded every week with experiments related to different concepts like JQuery. It has my own blog which I update every week and also this site will be hosting a project Online Cafe which I am working on right now.

    Team Members (1):
    • Poonam Tathavadkar
  • Researched TCP flows and queuing disciplines

    Team Members (1):
    • Poonam Tathavadkar
  • Researched and conducted elections in the class based on Cryptographic Voting

    Team Members (1):
    • Poonam Tathavadkar
  • Contractor Companion – Code Chella

    March 2014

    As a part of a 5-day competition for Intuit Co-ops called Code Chella- we were given a problem- Solving for 1099 contractors (an app for them to keep track of their expenses and ease the process of Tax filing) and had to come up with a solution like an app or a prototype within 3 days. Solution: Came up with a prototype in a span of 4 days for contractors to record their expenses, estimate taxes. App name- Contractor Companion by talking to real life customers. About Contractor Companion:- It helps contractors who need to estimate and set aside taxes on their own to record expenses, estimate tax liabilities, help raise alerts for wrong expense category classifications. Help them estimate their tax liabilities and make it as easy as a W-2 employee for them. Was highly appreciated by all the panel members as a innovative solution and is currently in the process of getting patented. My personal contribution to the team included: 1. Interviewing real customers to gather requirements 2. Coming up with a summary of the requirements to define the problem statement 3. Helped in creating a rough prototype of the product. 4. Helped build web pages for the same My key learnings: 1. Customer empathy 2. We build products for the customer and ONLY the customer 3. Assumptions can be misleading, have to follow the customer’s feedback and not personal instinct while building anything 4. Team work is more effective than just personal skills

    Team Members (4):
    • Poonam Tathavadkar,
    • Alain Kuchta,
    • Lahiru Dayananda,
    • Tejas Deshpande

Skills & Expertise

  • CSS3
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Splunk
  • JIRA
  • JSP
  • React.js
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • Public Speaking
  • JUnit
  • Python
  • Rally
  • Backbone.js
  • Objective-C
  • Bootstrap3
  • YUI
  • Accessibility
  • HTML5
  • C
  • Node.js
  • MySQL
  • C++
  • SASS
  • HTML
  • SPA (Single page Architecture)
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Java Enterprise Edition
  • Operating Systems
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Programming
  • Java
  • SQL
  • Swift

Certifications

  • ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP) Certificate

    ICAgile, License

    September 2014

Courses

Northeastern University

  • Web Development
  • Managing Software Development
  • Information Retrieval
  • Programming Design and Paradigms
  • Fundamentals of Computer Networking
  • Database Management Systems
  • Algorithms
  • Cryptography and Communication Security

Xavier Institute of Engineering

  • Computer Networking
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Operating Systems
  • IT for Healthcare
  • Databases
  • Microprocessors and Microcontrollers
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Computer Graphics
  • Image Processing
  • Information Retrieval and Data Warehousing
  • Gaming Architecture and Programming

Honors & Awards

  • Intuit Spotlight Award – Drive for Results

    Lori Samuels, Intuit Inc.

    February 2014

  • Intuit Spotlight Award – Innovate for Impact

    Aliza Carpo, Intuit Inc.

    March 2014

  • Intuit Spotlight Award – Inspire through Action

  • Intuit Spotlight Award – Learn Fast

    Marc Attinasi

    December 2015

    Dear Poonam Tathavadkar, Thanks, Poonam, for your great work on the Native Player team! You have demonstrated excellence in learning fast and contributing above and beyond expectations week after week. Keep up the good work, taking on new and difficult challenges, and keep learning! From Marc Attinasi

  • Intuit Spotlight Award – Win Together

    Marc Attinasi, Intuit Inc.

    July 2016

    Thank you all for your efforts in sharing your knowledge of CSS, React Native and Fuego UI with the rest of the Front End Engineering community! You all did a great job and I want to shine a spotlight on your efforts toward helping us all win together!

  • Intuit Spotlight Award – Win Together

    Ted Drake, Intuit Inc.

    July 2016

    Thank you for your participation in the 2016 Front End Engineering Summit. You’ve made this another successful event and we truly appreciate the work you put into your presentations, documentation, and demonstrating functionality.

  • Accessibility Champion

    Intuit

    December 2018

    Intuit’s Accessibility Champion award recognizes a commitment to building exceptional customer experiences for all Intuit customers, regardless of physical, cognitive, mental and sensory abilities. The awards include education, awareness and customer outreach.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer

    Save Tiger Campaign

    January 2006 – May 2006(4 months)Animal Welfare

    As a part of the Nature Club of our school, we collected signatures from people to send it to the President of India to encourage protection of the Tiger species in India to protect it from getting extinct

  • Volunteer

    Junior Achievement of San Diego County

    January 2016Education

    Program Description At JA’s BizTown, the students are in charge! They become adults for a day in a life-sized city that reflects our San Diego community. In each of the 21 business, each student will work in a job position, open a bank account, receive a paycheck, pay bills and purchase items. Volunteer’s Responsibilities Volunteers are assigned to one of the 21 JA BizTown Businesses with 3-8 students. They assist the students in completing their job tasks and keeping track of their personal finances, as well as mentor them on what being a working professional is like and how to make wise business decisions.

Causes Poonam cares about:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Children
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environment