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Martin Hanzel

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Martin Hanzel

Web Developer and Computational Biologist

I'm a programmer, a life scientist, a mentor, and a well-rounded geek. I studied and lived at the University of Ottawa, where a horde of first-year students used to come to me for math help. I've been coding since I was a kid, when I completed some curly braces on my father's unattended computer.

In my adventures, I combined biology and programming because I was fascinated by how living things resemble computers. Programming life is a difficult, but satisfying problem to work on. I'm now looking for other difficult and satisfying problems. Perhaps your company has some. I can help solve them.

Education

B.Sc. Biomedical Science

Minor in Computer Science
University of Ottawa
Magna cum laude
2013-2017

B.Sc. Computer Science

University of Ottawa
2017-2019
(Expected graduation April 2019)

Technical Experience

ThinkWrap Commerce

 Web Developer

2011–2018

  • Led research and development for next-generation web technologies.
  • Developed full-stack B2B and B2C e-commerce applications for large retailers using the Oracle Commerce framework.
  • Developed software to analyze e-commerce trends and improve the company's ability to market to potential clients.
  • Clients include: Princess Auto, Lorex, Simons, and Videotron.

Freelance Web Developer

2013–2015

  • Designed custom web applications for student groups at the University of Ottawa.
  • Worked closely with clients to deliver and maintain pixel-perfect solutions.
  • Clients include: University of Ottawa Healthcare Symposium, Actions for Healthcare, iGEMuOttawa.

Leadership and Management Experience

University of Ottawa

 Residence Mentor

2014–2017

  • Designed and piloted a mentors-in-residence program to provide full-time academic support to first-year students.
  • Increased funding for the Mentoring Centre by 300% within a year.
  • Increased resident conversion rate by a factor of 10 within a year.
  • Developed software to automate data entry and reduced bureaucratic workload from hours to a few minutes.
  • Organized weekly study groups and coordinated monthly community-building events for residents.

iGEMuOttawa

 President

2014–2016

 Research Associate

2013–2014

  • Led iGEMuOttawa, a genetic engineering/synthetic biology research group made up of undergraduate student researchers.
  • Built in vivo genetic networks using computing and electronic engineering metaphors.
  • Oversaw the group's finances, fundraising, and hiring.
  • Wrote bioinformatics software for data analysis and genetic tooling.
  • Presented own research three times at a world-wide conference in Boston, U.S.A.
  • Consulted for a biotechnology startup in Ottawa.
  • Secured sponsorship from universities and biotech companies.

uEducate

 Founder

2013

  • Founded uEducate, an organization dedicated to promoting higher education to the public.
  • Established an annual science competition for Ontario high school students.
  • Created financial scholarships for aspiring science students at the University of Ottawa, in the amount of $4000/year in the first year.

Skills

HTML
CSS
Javascript + Node.js
React
Java
Linux
Go
Ruby
C#
Python
Git
Mathematica
Matlab
SQL
MongoDB
Typescript
Scala
OCaml
C

English
Slovak
Czech
French
Spanish

Able to live and work in Canada and anywhere in the European Union.

Awards and Certifications

2019: Cognos Prize for outstanding research project, 

2013-2019: 12-time Dean's Honour List (out of 12), University of Ottawa

2013: Undergraduate Research Scholarship (of 16 awarded) Faculty of Science, University of Ottawa

2011: Grand Prize, Ottawa-Carleton Science and Engineering Olympics

First Aid + CPR C + AED, Saint John's Ambulance

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, CPI

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), LivingWorks

Independent Projects

Quantum of Cells

Quantum of Cells

Online differential equation solver. Originally written to prototype genetic circuits, it can nonetheless solve most initial-value, non-stiff dynamical systems.

Demo  GitHub

Discover

Discover

Experiments in WebGL. Winner of the 2011 Ottawa Science and Engineering Olympics as a high school project. An interactive exploration of our civilization and the energy that keeps it going. Features original music!

Demo  GitHub

Evaluatex

Evaluatex

Latex and ASCIIMath evaluator for Javascript. Formerly written as a math parser for Quantum of Cells, but usable as a standalone library. Written over the course of a weekend as an experiment in compilers and interpreters.

Demo  GitHub

The River Engine

The River Engine

Research project in creating an agent-based model for simulating the lives of fish in a river ecosystem using Java and JavaFX. Thesis included.

Thesis  GitHub

Ly

Ly

Command-runner and monitor written in Go. Useful when doing development with lots of servers, compilers, preprocessors, and build tools running at once.

Website  GitHub

Contact Me

Shoot me a mail

arthanzel at gmail dot com

GitHub link
LinkedIn link