Zach Alcorn

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About Zach

I want to make human life intrinsically better through breakthrough technologies.

Education

University of Pittsburgh
Graduating April 2015
BS in Computer Science and History and Philosophy of Science

Employment

Google[x] - Associate Product Manager Intern
May - August 2014
Took ownership of voice control on Google Glass which included managing new features, defining a cross-team product integration, and authoring a multi-year feature roadmap.
Google - Engineering Practicum Intern
May - August 2013
Improved the functionality and ease of use of an internal tool through the creation of a dashboard (Java, Javascript, CSS) and resolving significant bugs in the service (Python).
Google - Freshman Engineering Practicum Intern
June - August 2012
Added internationalization support for new features in the Google Earth Pro client (Java, XML).
Google - Student Ambassador
August 2012 - August 2014
Acted as the point of contact between Google and the University of Pittsburgh by creating a weekly Google Office Hours to interact with students and faculty, worked with the Student Government Board to pass a resolution supporting Apps for Edu.

Activities

UPMC - Undergraduate Research Assistant
January - April 2013
Performed a variety of statistical analyses on large quantities of EEG data (Excel, Brain Analyzer 2.0) from schizophrenic and control patients.
The Pittiful News - Content Editor
January 2012 - Present
Created articles, page layouts, and graphics (Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks, and InDesign) for the University of Pittsburgh’s largest satirical newspaper.

Projects

Buzzfeed or Clickhole
February 2015
Created buzzorclick.com, a website where users can guess which publication articles come from based on their title, description, and image.
Movie Maker
2013
Using C and OpenGL, we created an interactive polygon-based graphics pipeline that recorded virtual camera movements through a scene, then used it to generate high quality ray-traced frames which were stitched together into a movie.
Google Plus Daily
January - May 2013
Designed (Adobe Fireworks, XHTML, Javascript), wrote for, and helped launch googleplusdaily.com, which within 3 months had over 28,000 unique monthly viewers.
Zalcorn Web Design
2007 - 2012
6 years of designing and implementing websites (HTML, CSS, Javascript) for a variety of professional clients.

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