Resume 1. Personal details Name : Costache P. Octavian Mihai Email: octavian.costache AT gmail.com Web : http://www.vivi.ro 2. Education 2005 Masters degree in Systems and Architectures of Internet Applications at Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, Department of Computer Science. Thesis on "Mobile Learning Agents" 1999 - 2004 Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania, Department of Computer Science. Bachelors degree with a major in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Graphics. GPA: 8.99/10. Bachelors thesis on "Intelligent Software Agents in Societies with Norms". Grade: 10/10. 2003 Cisco Networking Academy Program - graduated the Java Programmer Course and became an Instructor. 2001 Cisco Networking Academy program - graduated the Cisco Certified Networking Associate Course and became an Instructor. 1995 - 1999 Highschool (C.N. I.L. Caragiale Ploiesti, Romania). GPA: 9.23/10 3. Tech Skills - excellent HTML skills, moderate CSS - strong PHP skills, good Perl experience. - mySql experience Created five medium and large size websites using databases, the largest one having 800Mb. Largest table now: 4mil rows. My college coursework includes an Introduction in Databases course. - login systems experience Developed five sites that require user login, some with tight security requirements. Largest site: 140.000 registered users. - strong software design abilities Experience gained from my projects (see work for details) and as a Java and OOP instructor. - strong Java skills Developed three game-playing agents (card and board games), a log analyzer with chart generation, and parts of bigger applications. Largest project: a game-playing agent with complex behavior and social skills. Java Instructor. - very strong Flash/Actionscript skills Built 12 Flash online games (see portfolio) and user interfaces with focus on user demands: usability, fast access, light design. Built the industry leading stock charts for Google Finance. - very strong algorithmic and data structures background I was a constant prize winner at the National Olimpiad in Informatics during high school and a teaching assistant for Algorithm Analysis course. - strong eye for UI design and user experience - C, Scheme, Pascal 4. Portfolio I've created more than 20 online websites (full portfolio at http://www.vivi.ro). The most remarkable (and developed by me from conception to execution) are: a. The Google Finance charts (and other related work) http://finance.google.com/finance?q=GOOG The charts are industry leading, caused other finance sites to update their charting. They were one of the most appreciated features of Google Finance at the time of launching. b. www.didactic.ro Resource sharing portal between high school teachers. More than 1000 shared resources and 2300 users. c. www.doizece.ro Online multiplayer gaming site, 35th most visited website in .ro with 300.000 visitors per month, 230.000 registered users, 10.000 matches played per day and 1200 simultaneously connected users. (The site was developed in a team of two people) d. olimpiada.info/bynet Problem retrieving and solution submitting by users, rankings, statistics. I have been in charge for the byNET (online) side of the Romanian Olympiad in Informatics for the last 4 years. e. www.divertis.ro Official website of Divertis, one of the best Romanian humor groups. Other work: f. multimedia presentation CDs for CEOI2000, Infoeducatia, National Olympiad in Informatics. g. Three educational Flash games (www.5pm.ro) and other parts of the project, developed in a team of five people. h. Flash games (http://www.crantz.ro/jocuri.php), developed in collaboration with teams of two to five people. 5. Personal skills & initiatives - initiated the first online multiplayer gaming site in Romania during my free time. - initiated and organized the byNET side of the Romanian National Informatics Olympiad. - in collaboration with a high school teacher, I created the Olympiad in Informatics for pre high school students, initially as a programming contest over the Internet. The contest is at its 4th edition and is now part of the National Olympiad in Informatics. - I was part of an initiative to obtain funds and organize the structural cabling for Internet access of students dorms in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest campus. - very creative person, with initiative and the ideas to match my enthusiasm. :-) 6. Current and past jobs worth mentioning 2005 - present Software Engineer at Google. 2002 - 2005 Java Instructor in the Cisco Networking Academy program 1999 - 2002 CCNA Instructor in the Cisco Networking Academy program 2005 Teaching Assistant for Multi Agent Systems course 2004 Teaching Assistant for Algorithm Analysis course 2000 - 2005 Jury member at Infoeducatia and other contests in webdesign for highschool students. 7. Competition prizes Programming, algorithms and science related: 1999 qualified for the National Olympic Team of Romania in Informatics (first 15 out of top 200 students, from wich the IOI team was selected) 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 2nd prize, 3nd prize, Special prize, 2nd Prize at the National Olympiad in Informatics, Romania (an algorithmic competition for all the highschool students in the country) 1995, 1994 2nd prize and 1st prize at the National Olimpiad in Physics, Romania Web development and design related: 2005 Best Online Gaming site with www.doizece.ro at Internetics, the most important romanian Web Awards Competition. 2005 Best Educational site with www.5pm.ro at Internetics, as part of the team of five people that developed the project. 2004 Nomination for Best Entertainment Site with www.doizece.ro at Internetics 2002 Most Unconventional Site, Best Entertainment Site with www.divertis.ro at Internetics 1998 2nd prize for webdesign at InfoEducatia, a national educational software and webdesign competition for highschool students 1997 2nd prize for webdesign at InfoEducatia 8. References Available upon request. 9. Hobbies In 2002 I started practicing skydiving. Due to the lack of time and money, I had to give that up and now I satisfy my flying needs by paragliding (I have been a registered pilot since 2003). I also enjoy playing bridge, hiking, keeping in touch with good friends, smart conversations and very good music.