samantha joy whelpley

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Hi! Call me Sam.

I'm a 2021 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where I studied Information Science. I currently work at VISIMO in Pittsburgh as a software developer, working on a variety of projects in React and Django. Some of my first projects were completed when studying abroad during the summer of 2019, but I've also worked with two Pittsburgh web design agencies, Responsival and RedTree Web Design.

I am passionate about the design and development process and understanding the people behind technological solutions. My primary skills are in frontend development using React and React Native. At the same time, I am always improving my JavaScript and Python backend skills.

I jumped around a number of majors during my years in college, from Mathematics to Sociology to Computer Science, but I was drawn to the versatility and innovation present in Information Science. I was able to focus on the areas of web design and development through this program while also gaining exposure to other areas of tech, like database management systems and networks. Combined with my minor in Computer Science and certificate in Digital Media, I have the tools to continually learn and create.

My focus is in frontend development and UI/UX design (web and mobile).

✈️ Originally from the Lake Erie shores in Ohio and current Pittsburgher, I love traveling to new places and discovering new things. I enjoy exploring National Parks (see my project Explore National Parks) and spent six weeks in South Africa the summer of 2019. I'm grateful for any chance to travel and learn from the world!

🎶 Outside of school and work, music is my pastime. I played piccolo in the Pitt Marching Band all four years of college, but I have played flute for over ten years. Music can create the strongest friendships and the most incredible experiences! (To further prove my point above, the summer of 2016 I went with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony to play concerts around Europe - the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, and Germany.)