I am Chris Sciavolino, a junior at Cornell University majoring in computer science with a minor in business. I’ve been programming since my sophomore year of high school, loving it ever since. Over the past five years, I’ve explored various sectors of computer science from iOS app development to full-stack web development to interactive voice response systems for taxi dispatching.
I am currently seeking full-time internship opportunities for the summer of 2018.
Over the summer of 2017, I worked with a development team on a call taking service for taxi dispatchers. The goal is to replace human call taking with an interactive voice response (IVR) system capable of understanding customer speech and converting calls into actionable requests dispatchers can satisfy. Two of the largest strides the company made during the summer was improved UX design (keeping interactions succinct) and accuracy (processing correct locations).
Ever since spring of 2017, I’ve served on course staff for the Computing and Information Science Department at Cornell University. I love sparking interest in the field and teaching peers the ins and outs of computer science, as prior teaching assistants and professors have done for me. I’ve served on course staff for:
As a final project for my functional programming class, I worked with 3 other teammates to create a Terminal-based version of the game Stratego. In a timeframe of 9 days, we fully developed the logic behind the game, an ASCII visualization of the board to be displayed to the user, and a x-y coordinate movement scheme for the user to move pieces. We also included a simple bot using a minimax algorithm and probabilistic modeling to pick its moves for the user to play against.
The spring of my sophomore year, a group of developers and designers had a vision to make Cornell’s newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun, available on an iOS app. For the past six months, we’ve been hard at work exploring design fidelities, possible features, and necessary frameworks for building this app. Our app interfaces with a Wordpress backend to retrieve articles from the Cornell Daily Sun’s website and subsequently populates a collection view.
My freshman year, I took an introduction to iOS development course hosted by a local project team. For my final project, I aspired to create a new type of calendar app where each day would hold a simple text note rather than adding events. After the end of the class, I continued developing the app idea, incorporating Core Data and a couple color schemes. I ended up making an MVP that I used as my personal calendar app for organizing my homework and meeting schedules every day.