Joshua T Kalis he/him

I am achievement oriented and enjoy helping others reach their goals and be their best self. All challenges are surmountable as long as you correctly work towards the appropriate objectives. Everyone should have a voice and I seek to make sure that no one is minimized in any pursuit of success. I build strong relationships through honesty and openness.

My software engineering background has helped me become a code poet, JavaScript journeyman, Git guru, and RESTful API advocate.

Education


May 2006

Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media - BA

Michigan State University

Employment History


Apr 2012 - present

Team Leader, Engineering

Quicken Loans / Rocket Companies

  • Leader and inspirer of wonderful people accomplishing great things
  • Git coach for fellow leaders
  • Pushing an open source mentality within our organization #inter-sourcing
  • Technical background: HTML + CSS + JS, NodeJS, Git, RESTful APIs, AWS

Sept 2010 - Apr 2012

Senior UI Engineer

Centurion Medical Products

  • Environment: CSS, Git, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery
  • Developed Umbraco CMS solution to replace existing corporate website(s)
  • Migrated projects from Microsoft TFS 2010 to Git for more flexible version control
  • Designed new overall look and feel for all internal web-applications
  • Established static content server for CSS, images, and JavaScript for internal applications
  • Teaching myself: Objective-C, HTML5 canvas, local storage

Nov 2002 - Oct 2013

Web Developer

Image Science Incorporated

  • Environment: CSS, Git, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, Mercurial, MySQL, NodeJS, PHP, SVN
  • Founded and maintained company as creative outlet and learning experience
  • Published open source JavaScript library that enhances accessibility of session time-outs

Sep 2008 - Jun 2010

Information Technologist

Academic Information Systems - Michigan State University

  • Environment: ASP (classic), CSS, CVSNT, HTML 4/5, Java, JavaScript, SQL Server 2005
  • Supervised user experience design for Java development team
  • Adopted Agile development methodologies
  • Developed dynamic data entry user interface
  • Coauthor of browser stack standards and guidelines

Apr 2003 - Sep 2008

Information Technologist

Academy of International Business (http://aib.msu.edu) - International Business Center - Michigan State University

  • Environment: AJAX, ASP (classic), CSS, JavaScript, SQL Server 2005, XHTML, XML, XSLT
  • Built event scheduling application for annual conference
  • Developed book review system
  • Designed collateral, following U.S. Postal guidelines
  • Revamped advertisement campaign

globalEDGE.msu.edu (http://globaledge.msu.edu) - International Business Center - Michigan State University

  • Environment: AJAX, ASP (classic), CSS, JavaScript, SQL Server 2005, XHTML
  • Normalized multiple public databases into a single data warehouse
  • Wrote JavaScript form validation library
  • Implemented home-grown content management system (CMS)
  • Designed flexible non-destructive relational database for home-grown CMS
  • Created projects management system and bug tracker

Non-Information Technology


Apr 2001 - Aug 2005

Landscape Designer/Owner

Aquamen Landscaping, White Lake, MI

  • Designed and installed landscapes and built structures
  • Collected accounts payable and purchased requisite supplies

Feb 2003 - Sep 2004

Landscaping Coordinator

Meridian Lawn Care & Snow Removal, Meridian Twp, MI

  • Collaborative design with customers
  • Purchased materials for landscapes in excess of $50,000

Mar 2002 - Apr 2003

Prep-Cook

Case Residence Hall Cafeteria [MSU], East Lansing, MI

  • Prepared and served food - 2000 meals per day
  • Mentored 3 students per semester in proper food preparation

Jun 1999 - Jan 2002

Machinist

Cobra Enterprises, Madison Heights, MI

  • Streamlined production of multi-million dollar prototype manufacturing jobs
  • Modified machining techniques to reduce down time
  • Verified quality control specifications

Sept 1996 - Apr 1999

Store Manager

Video Giant, Sterling Heights, MI

  • Regulated inventory and reduced theft in 7 stores
  • Employee relations including: scheduling, hiring, and firing
  • Trained 40 employees each year

May 1996 - Aug 1996

Carpenter

Wheeler & Sons Construction, Independence Twp, MI

  • Basic structural framing in residential housing
  • Manual labor organizing building materials

Sep 1994 - May 1996

Swing Cook

Sweetwater’s Bistro, Keego Harbor, MI

  • Mediated service of an average of 900 meals per night
  • Adapted to work in high demand environments