Sanda Htyte

I'm a software developer engineer and I enjoy creating services and applications that empower users with seamless and meaningful experiences.

I was a documentary producer, journalist and teacher for 8 years at NPR member station WNYC before moving to the tech industry about 5 years ago. At Expedia I worked as a TPM for 2.5 years then switched over to Software Engineering a couple of years ago.

I’ve had great opportunities at Expedia working in different roles, which has helped me to understand varied perspectives of what it takes to deliver a product or feature. I’ve also taken on leadership roles, including when I founded an internal video production team to help communicate guiding principles and current projects from leadership throughout the organization.

As an engineer, I've worked on internal applications that served Expedia employees globally. Most recently, I contributed to an employee goal-setting (OKR) and information dissemination application (videos, blog feeds, employee profile, search, etc.): I used JavaScript and React library on the front end and for the back end, I used mainly JavaScript/Node, Java/Spring, and some Python/Django, developing microservices in AWS that provide RESTful apis for clients to consume or create data for internal use.

I'm highly motivated to improve process. I'm experienced in practicing agile methodologies and believe in continuous learning and growth mindset, cross-functional team collaborations, transparency, humility and team success. I'm committed to achieving high-quality code by taking the time to review and understand a problem deeply.


Experience

Software Development Engineer I

Expedia Group | Seattle, WA & New York, NY
April 2018 - May 2020
  • Built and maintained React internal applications accessed globally by Expedia employees: to input their OKR (Objective and Key Results) and align OKRs with team members or other teams, post and share internally produced videos, share blogs across organizations, host internal marketplace for rotations and mentors, and search for videos, OKRs, marketplace positions, teams and people.

  • Doubled the use of internal video web service (providing RESTful APIs) by strengthening its reliability. Rebuilt this service from the ground up with Java/Spring Boot and AWS (Lambda, IAM Role, AWS transcoding service, S3 storage, and metadata in Elasticsearch).

  • Increased site visits by building a new video feature in a responsive internal tools single page web application (React, ES6, Node) to consume internal video web service (Java/Spring).

  • Recovered lost data and rebuilt internal (Python/Django) Q&A application in a fool-proof AWS environment protected within an enterprise VPC.

  • Improved support intake process and SLAs, resulting in team’s velocity increase by 30%.

  • Promoted cross-functional team collaborations by improving internal tools team’s documentation of service architecture and application resources.

Technical Product Manager I

Expedia Group | Bellevue, WA
April 2016 - March 2018
  • Increased adoption by new users for an internal iOS (Swift) application by removing redundant code to decrease the size of the application, resulting in faster download time.

  • Implemented and facilitated scrum methodologies resulting in a more productive development processes delivering features on time and on target.

  • Tripled global participation for video communications on leadership, team progress and learnings.

Associate Technical Product Manager

Expedia Group | Bellevue, WA
August 2015 - March 2016
  • Conducted and facilitated scrum processes (standups, planning sprint, grooming sprint stories, retrospectives and managing requirements).

  • Successfully migrated 100% of directory manager servers on Windows 2k3 to 2k8 as part of the PCI (Payment Credit Industry) compliance initiative, thus increasing performance.

  • Founded and directed internal video network at HQ (Bellevue) and expanded to three more cities (Brisbane, Gurgaon, Montreal) creating a platform for open internal communications between leadership, teams, and employees—increasing knowledge, transparency and productivity.

DEVELOPER-IN-RESIDENCE / TEACHER'S ASSITANT

General Assembly | Seattle, WA
April 2015 - June 2015
  • Assist instructors teach students to design and build web applications using JavaScript, Node.js, Express, Ruby on Rails, Sails, Angular.js, PostgreSQL, and Mongodb.

  • Collaborate with instructors on assessing course pace and student engagement.

  • Create weekly quizzes, take notes and address questions asked by students.

  • Act as liaison for instructors, students and course producer.

  • Continue to learn and hone development knowledge by mentoring students and helping them to understand the course materials.

MENTOR / INSTRUCTOR

KUOW 94.9FM, University of Washington, NPR Member Station | Seattle, WA
April 2015 - June 2015
  • Mentored youth reporters to produce award-winning feature stories for online and on-air distribution, in immersive one-month intensive journalism workshops.

Associate Producer

WNYC 93.9FM and AM 820 | New York, NY
September 2007 - June 2014
New York's flagship public radio stations, broadcasting the finest programs from NPR, American Public Media, Public Radio International and the BBC World Service, as well as a wide range of award-winning local programming.
  • Produced award-winning multimedia and audio documentaries broadcast in local and national markets and online. Teach NYC teenagers about journalism and help them tell true stories about their lives and communities. Bring authentic voices and true stories about the lives and communities of underserved youth to audiences who may not hear their stories otherwise.

  • Interim Senior Producer 2011-2012: Allocated budget and delivered features with quality; Oversaw program development and project timelines; Managed program associate producer, consultants and interns.

Adjunct Professor

City University of New York, Brooklyn College | Brooklyn, NY
August 2006 - June 2007
  • Developed course syllabi and taught courses in media studies, Intro to Audio & Visual Communications and Intro to Radio Production

VIDEO ARCHIVIST & INTERIM ASSISTANT

JULIE TAYMOR, LOH INC.| New York, NY
Summer 2005
  • Initiated reorganization of video library and digitized Ms. Taymor’s works archived on VHS.

  • Scheduled and organized Ms. Taymor’s day-to-day activities.


Education

General Assembly

Web Development Certification

Seattle, WA

March 2015

City University of New York, Brooklyn College

MFA, Masters of Fine Arts

Brooklyn, NY | GPA: 3.8

June 2014

City University of New York, Brooklyn College

BA, Bachelor of Arts

Brooklyn, NY | GPA: 3.5

June 2004

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools
Workflow
  • Mobile-First, Responsive Design Web Development
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging
  • Code Review and UAT (User Acceptance Testing)
  • Cross Functional Teams
  • Agile Development & Scrum
  • Growth Mindset

Interests

Apart from loving software engineering, I'm also a big fan of having fun outdoors! I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. In the winter, I'm not a skier so it brings me to the table for board games and dinner with friends and family. I love watching documentaries and sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, and comedy genre movies and series. I also spend my time immersing myself in professional development activities and honing my development and programming skills.


Awards & Certifications

  • Computational Thinking Certification, UPenn Coursera
  • Principles of Product Management Certification, Bellevue College
  • Principles of Requirements Management Certification, Bellevue College
  • Project Execution, Monitoring and Controlling Certification, Bellevue College
  • Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award
  • Alliance for Women in Media’s Gracie Award
  • Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism
  • Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma
  • Regional Edward R. Murrow Award
  • The RFK Journalism Award
  • NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Awards
  • PRNDI/PMJA (Public Media Journalists Association) Awards

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