Saesha Senger

Professional Summary

Exceptionally focused and reliable developer with an outstanding work ethic and ambition to learn. Capable of taking the initiative, with or without the assistance of others, in diagnosing business needs, formulating business goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, and evaluating beneficial and positive outcomes. Able to work well independently or as part of a team.

Software Development Skills

Java, Spring Batch, JavaScript, Node.js, Ajax, Middleware, Babel, Express, JQuery, React, Redux, EJS, HTML, CSS flexbox, Python, PostgreSQL, Sequelize, Bootstrap, PayPal e-commerce, GitHub, Hashing Encryption, Section 508/WCAG 2.1, Postman, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, remote Agile development methodology, IntelliJ IDEA, VS Code

Education

DigitalCrafts

2020

Certificate in Full Stack Software Engineering

University of Kentucky

2019

Doctor of Philosophy, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

West Virginia University

2012

Master of Music in Music History

University of Washington

2008

Master of Music in Performance

Boise State University

2005

Bachelor of Music in Performance, Magna cum Laude

Software Development: Work Experience

Software Engineer Intern

July 7, 2020 - Present

  • Contributing to the design and development of a Java Spring Batch application that receives employee data from Workday, parses the data, then uploads it to a DB2 database. This enables legacy mainframe applications to understand and process employee data.
  • Assisting software engineering teams in transitioning their legacy applications to be capable of consuming data in Workday format via REST API calls to the Google Cloud Platform data lake system.
  • Using agile methodology remotely to complete projects

Software Development: Personal Portfolio

Sphyn

  • Executed agile methodology with my team to design and develop the e-commerce Sphyn project
  • Created server-side functionality with Node.js, Express, Sequelize, and RESTful APIs
  • Created client-side functionality with REACT, CSS, the Google Maps API, and the PayPal e-commerce API
  • Built and supported a relational database using Sequelize, JavaScript, and Hashing Encryption to meet business needs

OneStop

  • Designed and built this REACT project by utilizing Redux to manage global state and RESTful APIs that deliver select web content
  • Engineered responsive design using CSS, Bootstrap, and React Grid Layout
  • Stored all data to local storage using Redux local-storage dependency

TaskSpace

  • Developed APIs to handle addition, deletion, and replacement of tasks and details for task application
  • Utilizes EJS template to connect frontend display to backend functionality.
  • User experience displays all tasks in a box, in which each item is contained in an input field that can be edited or deleted

Enhance Your Vibes

  • Executed agile methodology with my team to design and develop the Enhance Your Vibes project
  • Led team by distributing assignments through a project management tool and establishing and maintaining a GitHub repository for version control
  • Integrated RESTful APIs with existing frontend resources and mobile-first design and conducted authentication utilizing JSON web tokens
  • Utilized HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, and RESTful APIs with JSON files to build an exciting and responsive website

Scene It

  • Utilized the OMDB RESTful API to access JSON database of movies that a user browses after keyword search
  • User can add and delete movies from a watchlist, which is stored in local storage
  • Mobile-first design makes use of this application viable for a large number of users

EventSet

  • Executed agile methodology with my team to design and develop the EventSet project
  • Led team by distributing assignments through a project management tool and establishing and maintaining a GitHub repository for version control
  • Utilized mobile-first design with Bootstrap and CSS, making this application ideal for the on-the-go user
  • • Employed EJS to organize project and integrate JavaScript within HTML files, while providing access to custom-built relational database
  • Mobile-first design makes this application ideal for the on-the-go user.

Instructional Experience

Instructor: University of Kentucky

2014 - 2016

  • Collaborated and conducted research with fellow college instructors to develop a new course and its respective learning material, academic objectives, and course work for up to senior level students for the School of music.
  • Created a classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the social, emotional, and cognitive development of individuals for one class a semester and classroom sizes up to 120 students.
  • Developed varied testing methods, consulted students and guided the process and execution of student presentations using a wide range of formative assessment tools.

Instructor: West Virginia University

2010 - 2011

  • Inspired students without prior knowledge of course material to engage enthusiastically in the learning process.
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct individuals and manage their behavior, to organize and encourage, and to utilize interpersonal skills.
  • Mentored students in one-on-one consultations to develop critical thinking skills and interest in course content.

Instructor: Boise State University

2004 - 2005

  • Strategically planned the development of course content, learning objectives, and evaluative criteria for university classes.
  • Mentored and instructed a small group of students one-on-one to instill the desire and ability for self-guided instruction.
  • Helped students form a satisfying relationship with live performance and with confronting challenges.

Scholarly Work Experience

Research, instruction, and publication on the influence of conservative politics on popular music of the early 1990s

2019-2020

  • Publication: “Nostalgia, Appropriation, and the New Right in Early 1990s Pop” || Mixing Pop and Politics, Routledge
  • Acquired a working knowledge of copyright law. Negotiated with several publishers’ legal representatives to mediate copyright permissions, size and scope of citation of original works, and compensation at the lowest rate
  • • Upon invitation, exhibited research findings at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music conference in Canberra, Australia

Research, instruction, and publication on the social, political, and musical substance of adult-oriented radio stations

2017 - 2019

  • Publication: “Gender Politics, Market Segmentation, and Taste: Adult Contemporary Radio at the end of the 20th Century” || Ph.D. Dissertation
  • Conducted research on archival material at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives
  • Substantiated my expertise in my field by defending the submission of my significant and original hypothesis, my research, my findings, and the presentation of my proof before a committee of recognized and respected leading scholars. Nationwide, less than 50% of PhD students complete this final degree requirement
  • Upon invitation, exhibited research findings at the Society for American Music National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Upon invitation, exhibited research findings at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Research and publication on the global and local musical and economic influences of French hip-hop

2017 - 2018

  • Publication: “MC Solaar and the Influence of Globalization on Local Hip-Hop Aesthetics” || Journal of World Popular Music
  • Met profoundly challenging deadlines and nebulous expectations and communicated with editors throughout publication process
  • To acquire copyright permissions, utilized multinational resources to identify and negotiate with publishers, their legal representatives, and the artist’s manager
  • Upon invitation, exhibited research findings at Locations and Dislocations: An Ecomusicological Conversation in Princeton, New Jersey

Research, instruction, and publication on American and French musical influences in French hip-hop

2014 - 2017

  • Publication: “Place, Space, and Time in MC Solaar’s American Francophone” || M/C Journal
  • Through self-direction, acquired the necessary proficiency in French to translate French academic publications, and to understand and translate French local idioms and colloquialisms in regional French music
  • Exhibited tenacity and deep mastery of academic discipline to identify the sampling sources within MC Solaar’s musical compositions
  • Upon invitation, exhibited research findings at the 18th Biennial Conference, International Association for the Study of Popular Music in Campinas, Brazil

Research, instruction, and publication on the development of the blues and Eric Clapton’s musical appropriation

2010 - 2014

  • Publication: “Signifyin’ on the Blues: West African Retentions, American Music, and the Blues in the Hands of Eric Clapton” || MM Thesis
  • Examined and synthesized data from over 100 sources of academic scholarship and several musical compositions
  • Demonstrated analytical expertise by deriving novel conclusions that contributed to this field of study and to music scholarship
  • Upon invitation, exhibited research findings for the South-Central chapter meeting, American Musicological Society in Richmond, Kentucky

Selected Awards and Recognition

Student Innovators/Research Award

2019

Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Kentucky

Graduate Block Grant

2019

Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Kentucky

Merit Scholarship

2018

Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Kentucky

Rey M. Longyear Research and Travel Fund (4 awards)

2017 - 2019

Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Kentucky

MacAdam Scholarship

2016 - 2017

Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, University of Kentucky

Non-Service Fellowship

2013 - 2014

School of Music, University of Kentucky