Zijian Yan

Software Engineer

with a background in the arts

I'm Zi, a New York-based software engineer experienced in React, Vue, JavaScript, Node, SQL/NoSQL Databases, and building powerful apps with impactful design. I believe a great developer elevates the work of an entire software team, from UX all the way to the database.

In addition, a lifetime in the arts has rewarded me with professional experience in web design, graphic design, illustration, film, audio, and music.

I'm excited to bring all those skills to you.

Skill
Frontend
  • HTML / CSS / SASS / SCSS
  • JavaScript
  • React.js / Redux
  • React Native
  • Vue.js / Vuex
  • Webpack / Babel
  • Typescript
  • D3.js
  • Wordpress
Backend
  • Node.js
  • Express.js
  • SQL / NoSQL
  • Sequelize
  • MongoDB
  • REST API Services
  • Authentication
  • Websockets
  • Jenkins / Heroku
Fundamentals
  • Git and Gitflow Methodology
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • TDD and Unit Testing
  • Code Reviews
  • Continuous Integration and Deployment
  • Agile Methodology
Creative
  • Web design, Graphic design, Illustration, Videography, Film editing, Audio engineering, Music composition, and Game Development

    Sketch, InVision, Figma, Zeplin, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Webflow, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Unreal Engine
Education

Fullstack Academy

New York, NY
Software Engineering

Columbia University

New York, NY
MFA in Film Directing

New York University

New York, NY
BA in Cinema Studies
and Music Composition
Experience

Senior Software Engineer

Havas // New York, NY //  2020
Established coding best practices, style guides, and DevOps workflows. Led system design and selection of technologies at the start of each project. Created a Gitflow methodology with code reviews. Mentored junior developers on comp-sci fundamentals and writing modular, reusable, and maintainable code.

Frontend Engineer

MongoDB // New York, NY //  2019-2020
Developed and maintained MongoDB’s customer-facing websites and internal employee tools as part of MongoDB’s talented web team.

Fullstack Developer

Havas // New York, NY //  2019
Collaborated with designers to implement CSS/SASS with precision. Worked tightly with backend developers to architect MySQL database models and design REST API’s. Wrote clean, maintainable, and scalable code.

Software Engineering Teaching Fellow

Fullstack Academy of Code // New York, NY //  2018-2019
Mentored students in Fullstack Academy’s renowned software engineering program. Performed code reviews and provided feedback for Node and React applications. Hosted weekly workshops to study data structures and algorithms.

Creative Lead & Senior Web Designer

Wonderist Agency // San Diego, CA  //  2015-2018
Spearheaded the hiring, tooling, and expansion of web development and design departments. Created stunning websites and digital branding.

Visual Storytelling Mentor

OATLEY ACADEMY OF VISUAL STORYTELLING // LOS ANGELES, CA // 2016-2017
Hosted web-based mentor sessions for an industry-leading curriculum on composition and dramatic writing. Explored story structure, art history, and painting while building a community of illustrators and authors.
Honors
Adobe Design Achievement Awards Finalist
Alfred P. Sloan Grant Winner
Columbia University Fellowship
NYU Trustee and Tisch Scholarship
Fullstack Academy Fellowship
Interests
Painting, composing music, videogame development, writing @pianosketches, and the common good.
Work is love made visible.
- Kahlil Gibran
CODE

IBM Journey to AI

REACT + IBM CARBON DESIGN SYSTEM + DRUPAL EXPERIENCE
A marketing experience that integrated advanced CSS/JS animation with IBM’s existing API’s, design system, and unit testing framework.

MongoDB.com

PREACT + NODE + MONGODB CUSTOM CMS
A CMS built on custom component libraries and user-friendly GUI that allowed hundreds of employees to create pages and content for MongoDB.com.

Arcadia

VUE + D3 + IBM WATSON ADVERTISING ANALYSIS PLATFORM
An industry-leading marketing research tool built with IBM Watson’s artificial intelligence, D3.js data visualization, MySQL, Node, and Vue.

Artlens

REACT NATIVE + IMAGE ANALYSIS ANDROID APP
An Android app built using React Native, designed to capture and generate color palettes from photographs. Built using Node, Axios, Webpack, Babel, React, Redux, React Native, Google Cloud Vision artifical intelligence, and Expo.

Shut Up and Draw!

NODE + REACT + HTML5 ILLUSTRATION GAMe
A mobile-friendly app bringing telephone pictionary to the web. Built with SQL, Postgres, Sequelize, Node, Express, AWS S3, OAuth, Twilio, Socket.io, Webpack, Babel, React, Redux, Material-UI, Mocha, Chai, and Travis CI.
ART
HONORS
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Film
Contact

Zijian Yan was born in Venezuela, grew up in Wisconsin, and studied at Columbia University and NYU. His career has approached code with the creativity of art, and art with the precision of code. He's ready to join your team.

zi@zijianyan.com
New York, NY
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