About Chris West

What I currently do?

I am currently volunteering all of my time to teaching people about the Bible in Bolivia as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I moved to Bolivia on March 5th 2015 with the goal of serving as such a volunteer for approximately two years. In the meantime, I will also be teaching English. Apart from those two teaching efforts, I will also be keeping my websites up-to-date (CWestBlog.com, CWestify.com, GoToChrisWest.com, jPaq.org, and YourJS.com) and will be putting my Python, JavaScript, PHP and other programming skills to good use.

What is your past work experience?

Before moving to Bolivia to teach people about the Bible I worked as a Software Engineer, Database Administrator, and Data Analyst:

  • Monetate - Software Engineer (December 2013 to February 2015)

    • Action Events - Assisted in tracking user interactions on any website in order to provide insight into the efficacy of page modifications tailored to the user's circumstances (Monetate Experience AKA Monetate Campaign).
    • ContentBuilder - Assisted in improving various features of an online image editor which all clients have access to.
    • Reporting - Developed multiple customizable report templates in order to provide clients with insights into user purchases and site interactions. Also worked on improving the performance of pre-existing report templates.
  • Monetate - JavaScript Engineer (December 2012 to November 2013)

    • Scrolling Banner - Developed a banner that could be placed on any client's site which changes depending on the part of the page that is currently displayed.
    • Cloning Node - Created a way to facilitate the duplication any element on a site in order to improve the user's experience.
    • General Development - Worked on custom solutions for clients (Ralph Lauren, Walmart, Best Buy, QVC, etc.) who receive millions of visits to their sites a day.
  • UniTek Global Services - Software & Web Developer (December 2010 to December 2012)

  • Bristol Myers-Squibb - Data Analyst II (December 2008 to November 2010)

    I worked for Bristol Myers-Squibb's Software Management team for 3.5 years.  I started off as a summer intern in 2007 and upon graduating with my Bachelor's degree, I was hired as a Data Analyst II in December of 2008.  I dealt with creating pivot tables, using advanced Excel formulas, writing macros in VBA, and writing HTAs and JScripts to manipulate one or more Excel files at a time.  I also helped developed some of the frontend features of the teams online database interface.  This included looking over some Perl code and even writing JavaScript solutions, one of which is a publicly available light-weight, cross-browser compatible date picker which doesn't rely on an JavaScript libraries, called ezCalendar.  Lastly, I was responsible for administrating the team's SharePoint site.

What education did you receive?

After three-and-a-half years of college, I received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, from Kutztown University, in December of 2008.  A year later, due to a five year program, I received a Master's degree in Computer Science, from the same university.

How can I contact you?

The best way is by email.  My email address is webmaster@gotochriswest.com.  Feel free to send me JavaScript, jPaq, VBA, or even math questions.  I personally love to be challenged as far as math is concerned.  One of my biggest regrets is not taking up mathematics as a major area of concern in college.

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