Curriculum Vitae

Career Goal:

Determined to further my career as a programmer/designer/tester in the games industry, building on my sound technical knowledge and demonstrated ability in achieving effective results.

Education:

2007 – 2008 Post Graduate Diploma (Honours) in Computer Games Technology, University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. Class 2.1

Core Themes : Game Design and Development, Programming Games on the PC and XBox, The Games Marketplace, Games Mathematics, Console Game Development and Artificial Intelligence For Games.

I have gained the skills required to program on consoles and PC based hardware. Within a group of 5, we created a prototype of a racing puzzle game, which proved to be an excellent team bonding experience. For the PC/XBOX360, I have created a 3D platform game. For the PS2, I have recreated Breakout in space.

2003 – 2007 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Digital Media Engineering, Dublin City University, Ireland. Class 2.2

Core Themes : Web Communications, 3D Computer Graphics, Digital Signal Processing, Digital Sound Processing, Image Processing and Analysis, Multimedia Technology, Web Usability Engineering, Data Communications, Foundations of TCP/IP, Mobile Data and Voice Systems, Software Engineering, Object-Oriented Programming, Database Systems, Multimedia Information Retrieval, Digital Electronics, Engineering Maths, Computation and Simulation, Physics, Digital Electronics, Digital Circuits and Systems, Electronic Engineering Fundamentals, Enterprise Development.

I have gained the skills needed to plan, design and implement the technology of computer-based digital media processing and network-based digital media delivery. This includes a combination of software, electronic, signal processing, network, hardware and web-engineering technical knowledge and skills. I have the intellectual insight to understand, discriminate between and make use of new and exciting digital media developments as they arise, giving me great flexibility in a rapidly changing area.

2001 – 2003 Higher Certificate (Honours) in Electronics and Computer Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland. Class 2.1

Core Themes : Electronics, Computer Hardware, Computer Servicing, Testing, Software Engineering, Mathematics, Industrial Administration, Materials Processing.

I qualified as a computer technician with an enhanced knowledge of electronics, and computer hardware and software. I developed my skills of assembly, testing, computer servicing, problem-solving and decision making.

2009 ITF Level 1 Tennis Umpiring

I completed the basic introduction to tennis officiating concentrating on the Rules of Tennis and the basic techniques and procedures of Chair and Line Umpiring.

2003 – 2004 Tennis Ireland Level 1 Tennis Coach

I gained a solid foundation of knowledge in coaching at local club level. I experienced several different aspects of coaching a club player at beginners, intermediate and advanced level.

Research:

An evaluation of Adobe (Macromedia) Flash 8.0 for Remote Access Medical Imaging.

The design of Neural Networks for Bots in First Person Shooters.

Skills

  • The projects I have completed both academically and professionally have encompassed the following technologies:
  • C / C++ / C# / DirectX / Java / Flash / PHP / XML / HLSL / HTML / CSS / LUA / Game Design
  • My experience of computer games began at the age of eight when I got my first computer, the Commodore 64. Needless to say the quality of gaming has greatly improved since then and I am looking forward to pushing the boundaries even further. As a gamer I have played countless games on most consoles and I know what games I enjoy and which games sell. I have completed hundreds of games which is an invaluable insight into gaming.
  • Due to having to work to tight deadlines whilst having a part time job, my time management skills have been sharpened.
  • Many projects included a presentation element and having given numerous, I feel very confident in this area.
  • Every position that I have held has required a degree of multitasking.
  • I have a basic level of Irish, French, German, Italian and Hindi.

Professional Experience:

Game Programmer, Kontagious Games, http://kontagiousgames.net, April 2010 – Present

Creating an iPhone/Flash/XNA title scheduled for release in 2010. This is the first release for this Indie Developer.

Web Developer, Kontagious Software, http://kontagioussoftware.com, February 2010 – Present

Created several sites and monitored hosting accounts. Sites are created with WordPress or Joomla and customised using HTML, CSS and PHP.

Editor, Computer Game and Console Reviews, http://computergameandconsolereviews.com, December 2009 – Present

Created the site in December 2009 and currently oversee 4 authors whilst maintaining all aspects of the site. It is a group edited blog which provides information on all gaming tools and products. It is monetized with Adsense and affiliate products. Visitor numbers are currently at 1500/month and are increasing steadily.

Junior Programmer, Geniaware S.R.L., http://geniaware.com/, Savona, Italy. August 2008 – Present

Worked on the PC version of a multi-platform title scheduled for release in 2010. Created demos using the GameBryo engine and performed various engine/animation/rendering tests. Reviewed and added content to the game database.

Freelance Software Engineer /  Writer, July 2007 – July 2008

Registered with Rent A Coder, I have completed various projects covering a wide range aspects for clients worldwide.

I.T. Consultant, 3MRT Ltd, December 2007

Worked on Project InQuizitor, creating Question Banks on I.T. Topics.

I.T. Consultant, http://www.cti-miami.com, August 2007

Completely redesigned their FAQ and Introduction Section on a sister site.

Games Tester, Groove Games, http://www.skillground.com. April 2007 – August 2007

Meticulously tested all game environments and documented all defects using their in house bug database. Monitored forums and worked behind the scenes with users.

Assistant Network Engineer, Version 1, http://version1.ie/, Dublin, Ireland. April 2006 – Sept 2006

Provided support for both internal systems and systems for external clients. The typical tasks included:
• Desktop User Support
• PC and Server Builds
• Desktop Application Installations and Troubleshooting
• Helpdesk Administration

Digital Achievements:

Irish Dare To Be Digital Finalist 2006 with the courier racing game, Alley Katz.

Team selected to enter the Entrepreneurial Student Awards 2006, with Shale, an online music tutorial application.

Tennis:

Being my favourite sport, I was fortunate to be able to carve a part time career as a coach during summers and college.

Playing Experience:

Captain of Secondary School Team.

Won many inter county tournaments in Singles and Doubles since the age of 12.

Qualified to compete in the Irish Nationals whilst U16 and U18.

Represented DCU from 2003 – 2007 in the Tennis Intervarsities. 1st and 2nd Team.

Played at Class 1 Meath Leagues and Class 2 Dublin Leagues.

Umpiring Experience:

June 2009 – Line Umpire

ITF Mens Futures – City of Dublin Championships, Brookfield Tennis Club, Dublin 6.

Coaching Experience:

At the following clubs, I prepared and delivered all lessons:

June 2009 – Sept 2009
Mullingar Tennis Club, Co. Westmeath.
Ballynacarrigy Tennis Club, Co. Westmeath.

April 2008 – June 2008
Invergowrie Tennis Club, Dundee, Scotland.

June 2007 – August 2007
Leinster Cricket Club, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Winter 2005
Herbert Park Tennis Courts, DonnyBrook, Dublin 4.

June 2005
Coole Tennis Club, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath

Winter 2004 – May 2005
Herbert Park Tennis Courts, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.
Mullingar Tennis Club, Co. Westmeath
Trim Tennis Club, Co. Meath

Winter 2003 – Spring 2003
Herbert Park Tennis Courts, DonnyBrook, Dublin 4.

June 2002 – August 2002
Sandycove Tennis Club, Co. Dublin

My role as Assistant Coach was performed at the following clubs:

October 2002 – May 2003
Herbert Park Tennis Courts, DonnyBrook, Dublin 4.
Glenageary Tennis Club, Dun Laorghaire, Co. Dublin.
Kilternan Tennis Club, Co. Dublin.
Sutton Tennis Club, Co. Dublin

October 2001 – May 2002
Herbert Park Tennis Courts, DonnyBrook, Dublin 4.
Casey Camps Below
Glenageary Tennis Club, Dun Laorghaire, Co. Dublin.
Kilternan Tennis Club, Co. Dublin.
Ballsbridge Tennis Club, Co. Dublin

August 2001
Belevedere College Tennis Courts, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin

June 2001 – July 2001
Malahide Castle Tennis Courts, Co. Dublin

August 2000
Mullingar Tennis Club, Co. Westmeath

July 2000
Ballinasloe Tennis Club, Co. Roscommon.

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Sameer Kumar Curriculum Vitae