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Nick van der Ploeg
I live and work in Chicago. I'm interested in programming, technology, biology, finance, design, conservation, and politics.

I have a strong understanding of programming principles, management techniques, and a good instinct for usability and problem solving. I'd like to be a part of a motivated team developing, maintaining, and improving an interesting product.

I've worked with this stuff...
C++
Java
Python
Swift
Linux
Bash
Management
Git | SVN
HTML | CSS | JavaScript
Adobe Suite
MySQL
Options & Futures
Financial Markets
High Frequency Trading
Trading Algorithms
Trading Applications Developer
April 2010 - Current
Itiviti - Chicago, IL & New York, NY
Itiviti develops and sells financial trading software and services, with a focus on automated options trading, speed, and extensibility. I work on the Americas trading applications development team, writing trading logic to run on our Tbricks platform. C++ is my most-used language, but occasionally we'll write software in Java and Python, while making use of bash scripting and other technologies. Previously, I had worked as a professional services engineer and support manager.
  • Creating trading software and plugins using C++, Java, Python, and Bash scripting.
  • Projects involve automated trading and hedging, post-trade analysis, market data aggregation, options pricing, FX handling, data processing, and utlities.
  • Software runs on Linux servers (RHEL/Oracle Linux)
  • Previous roles included managing the customer support team, training clients, and writing custom software for individual customers.
  • Working directly with sales to developer proposals and sell to new clients.
  • Training and mentoring new staff.
Head Web Developer
May 2009 - February 2010
Enovai Incorporated - Manchester, CT
  • Developed DanMalloy.com for Connecticut governor Dan Malloy's winning 2009 primary and 2010 campaign.
  • Managed a team of three programmers using PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • Winner of the 2011 American Association of Political Consultants' Best Website Award (Governor) and named Best Campaign Website by political blog OhMyGov
Call Center Lead
August 2007 - May 2009
Student Affairs IT - University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Supervised 3-4 call center technicians at a time as call center lead.
  • Provided computer support to students and staff over the phone and in person.
  • Assisted users with Office, Windows, OS X and proprietary educational software.
  • Represented peers in management meetings as elected 'Call Center group leader'
Messaging Services and Finance Intern
Summer 2008
United Technologies IT Shared Services - Newington, CT
  • Located and inventoried all Exchange and Blackberry servers worldwide to prepare for planned server consolidation.
Education and Projects
University of Connecticut
BS in Business Administration
Major: Finance
May 2009
Storrs, CT
  • Diversity & Multiculturalism Senator - Undergraduate Student Government
Crisp Weather Widget
iPhone App
2015-2017
  • A clear, concise summary of upcoming weather.
  • Written entirely in Swift as a learning experience (and for fun).
Recent Tab List
Safari Extension
2014
  • List recently closed tabs (not directly available in Safari).
  • Filter/search through recent and current tabs.
Car Tunes
iPhone App
2009
No longer maintained.
  • New interface to make driving while controlling music safer and easier.
  • Replaced tiny touch targets and text with a full-screen swipe interface and easier to read song info.
  • Released alongside iOS 3 to take advantage of new music APIs.
Management Skills for New Managers
3-day Seminar
January 2013
American Management Association
Java Design Patterns & Best Practices
4-day Seminar
December 2013
Learning Tree
UX Design Certification
Online course
2014 (Currently enrolled)
NYU