Hello world! My name is Zachary Shaffer, and I am a student researcher pursuing an undergraduate degree at Allegheny College. I am majoring in computer science and minoring in communication arts. The majority of the work in my minor is dedicated to the production and direction of film. In my time studying computer science, I have developed an interest in researching data security, cyber security, and information security. My personal passions, however, are game design, video game development, and teaching.
My dream is to work in a field where computer science is met by human interaction, and to use my skills to teach computer science at any level. The passion I have for video game development comes from my love of storytelling and entertainment, and a desire to captivate an audience using film techniques with my programming skill. My ultimate goal is to create media specifically to be used for computer science education.
B.S. in Computer Science, 2019
In the Playshop Theatre’s scenic studio, I work with other technicians to organize, modify, build, or otherwise manage stage props for the various productions each semester. I have also worked with the technical director and assistant technical director to hang lights, build sets, and complete other various tasks as necessary on and off stage.
Responsibilities: * Organize, clean, and maintain the stage prop storage room * Pull, modify, or build both rehearsal and performance stage props * Assist in other areas of the studio as assigned by the technical director (or assistant technical director)
Skills Used: * Stage prop construction and organization * Scenic and detail painting * Basic carpentry
Working to help build a safe and friendly community environment in the dormitories of my campus, I have guided my colleagues to the resources they needed, helped plan and execute building events, and worked with the campus staff to keep the residents safe and healthy.
Responsibilities: * Student Leadership * Work/Maintenance Orders * Duty logs
Skills Used: * G Suite * Microsoft Office * Spreadsheet Management
Working with my colleagues in the introductory Computer Science courses at Allegheny, I would ensure that students understood the material and assisted them with the lab writing/debugging process. I also held weekly office hours, and distributed and oversaw examinations.
Responsibilities: * Student Leadership * Lab Grading * Exam Proctoring
Skills Used: * Java * Python * HTML/CSS * Gitflow Workflow