Matthew Blanco

Education

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

09.2019 - 05.2024

B.S. Computer Science & Design

GPA: 3.65 / 4.0

Extracurriculars: NUHOC (Huskiers and Outing Club) Oasis Software Accelerator

IE University

Madrid, Spain

09.2022 - 12.2022

B.A. Design Exchange Student

GPA: 3.72 / 4.0

Extracurriculars: IE Climbing Club

Work Experience

UI & Visualization Developer - Center for Design
05.2022 - 05.2024
Boston, MA

- Designed and Developed a modular UI to search, filter, and analyze company data from Banca Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s largest bank, to a rendered network and circular packing visualizations.

- Collaborated with other team members to properly implement visualization prototypes iterating off of feedback from team members and stakeholders

- Created an independent open-source ReactJS component library used throughout the visualization and in other Center for Design projects.

Front-End Engineer - RECUR
01.2023 - 05.2023
Boston, MA

- Updated default brand styling when creating new brand marketplaces.

- Abstracted UI to more easily switch between brands and different visual styles.

- Added additional profile customization by allowing users to select and display items between brands.

Visualization Researcher & Designer - MIT Visualization Group
01.2022 - 08.2022
Boston, MA

- Created Olli, an open-source JavaScript library improving accessibility of data visualization with screen readers for blind and low-vision users.

- Implemented an adapter design pattern allowing the tool to be used alongside any visualization library such as Vega, Vega-Lite, and Observable Plot.

- Intentionally developed the library to be as light-weight as possible reducing overall dependencies and overhead when added to websites.

- Published the project to NPM and submitted the work as an academic poster that was accepted to IEEE VIS 2022.

Programming Language Researcher - NUPRL
01.2023 - 06.2023
Boston, MA

- Contributed to the development of an open-source dynamic taint analysis tool for the JavaScript programming language.

- Added support to track program taint through JavaScript Promises and Async and Await operations through adding multiple function call stacks throughout the analysis and intercepting Promise events.

- Supported in part by National Science Foundation REU Project # 2109395.

Teaching Assistant - Computer Science Fundamentals - Northeastern University
09.2020 - 12.2020
Boston, MA

- Graded assignments on a weekly basis providing thoughtful feedback on students code giving comments on both functionality and design of solutions

- Communicated with fellow TAs and faculty on assignment expectations and abnormal homework submissions

Software Engineer Intern - Alluxio
06.2019 - 09.2019
San Mateo, CA

- Developed automatic documentation generation for CLI commands by scraping current documentation files in Markdown and modifying the format to better suite the command line.

- Used Docker simulate an Alluxio cluster in order to test and improve metric collection and dashboard layouts to better visualize the health of an Alluxio cluster.

- Authored a blog post about setting up new metric collection software with Alluxio

Projects

Exploring Hidden Worlds: Investigating a New Future of Code

2024

skills: JavaScript HTML CSS ThreeJS D3

- Designed a 3D visualization exploring a new visual representation of code.

- Prototyped methods to visually represent complex networks.

- Wrote custom program to statically analyze JavaScript specifically searching for directory hierarchy and scoping between functions, classes, conditionals, and loops.

- Supported by URF Summit Award and Honors in the Discipline while at Northeastern University.

Northeast Outing Club Association Brand Overhaul

2024

skills: InDesign Figma Illustrator

- Led a small team of designers creating a comprehensive brand guideline for NEOCA a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

- Prototyped and Redesigned NEOCA's website to better convey the organization's message, mission and goals.

- Wrote an extensive outreach & fundraising strategy incorporating visual guidelines with the organization's mission and values.

Leadership

Huskiers and Outing Club (NUHOC)

09.2021 - 06.2024

Positions: President, VP Organization, VP Trips, VP Communication

- Organized dozens of day trips and weekend trips to the White Mountains keeping students safe while hiking and exploring various trails.

- Managed NUComers, a 120 person weekend at NUHOC's lodge property outside Shelburne, NH for underclassmen who have never been to the property before. Introducing them to the club and to the White Mountains.

- Facilitated an open and welcoming community for underclassmen to learn and get involved in the club.

- Hosted talks and workshops on outdoor prepardness, safety, and trip planning.

Oasis Software Project Accelerator

09.2021 - 04.2022

Positions: Program Coordinator

- Managed a cohort of upperclassmen mentors to advise groups of underclassmen in project development

- Led workshops on project development skills such as version control, front-end web frameworks, databases, and visual languages

- Planned weekly meetings for project work sessions for groups to get together make progess on their respective projects

Publications

2024. Harnessing Information Visualization as a Vehicle for Translational Design Design Research Society (DRS2024)

2022. Olli: An Extensible Visualization Library for Screen Reader Accessibility IEEE VIS2022 Posters

2022. Augur: Dynamic Taint Analysis for Asynchronous JavaScript ASE2022 Conference on Automated Software Engineering

Awards

2024. URF PEAK Summit Award

2023. Honors in the Discipline

2020. Max Thomas Explore the World Scholarship

2019. Eagle Scout