Nicholas Platt

I am a

Glen Burnie, MD 21060 · (909) 293-8750 · nick@nickplatt.dev

Hello! I am currently a software engineer with Boeing Intelligence & Analytics (BI&A). I have been working within the Intelligence Community for over 5 years and have a great amount of experience in intelligence analysis and national security systems. I was also in the Marine Corps, as an ELINT/All Source Analyst! I received my Bachelor's degree in Computer Networking and Cybersecurity in 2018 and am currently enrolled in a Master's Software Engineering program (Expected to graduate early 2023). I enjoy frontend development, especially working with JavaScript and web application frameworks. If you have any questions, please ask!


Experience

Software Engineer

Boeing Intelligence & Analytics
May 2021 - Present

  • Worked within an Agile environment developing web applications using the following technologies: Java, React, MongoDB, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and Apache Tomcat/Maven.
  • Utilized GitLab to manage different repositories of data.
  • Updated API documentation for new features and to improve user's ability to integrate with our tools.
  • Answered user questions through JIRA and created help tickets to track fixes for future cases.
  • Created Swagger API documentation for over 100 endpoints.
  • Fixed more than 300 errors related to 508 usability compliance, making the web application usable for people with disabilities.

Technical Writer III

Boeing Intelligence & Analytics
August 2018 - May 2021

  • Created, edited, modified, and compiled over 2,000 pages of tool documentation to give analysts a resource to refer to with questions on how a specific tool functions and the capabilities available within the tool.
  • Worked with multiple style-guides for each tool’s documentation, maintaining a cohesive and consistent design.
  • Assisted users in chat, email, over the phone, and through JIRA ticketing helpdesk to quickly solve issues and get them back into the tools necessary to accomplish the mission.
  • Created documentation for frequently asked questions (FAQs) to give analysts a place to go prior to reaching out to the help desk.
  • Worked directly with developers to learn the latest features and functionalities of the tools to better assist customers.
  • Assisted in the creation and updating of learning materials to help train users how to take advantage of available features in the tool, ranging from basic introductions to advanced workflows.
  • Provided outreach support over social platforms to aid in increasing user base and spreading new information.
  • Tested new features before release to production, while reporting bugs and suggestions directly to developers.
  • Worked efficiently in an agile environment, meeting deadlines and sprint goals.
  • Assisted with proposal writings for multimillion-dollar contracts, focusing on grammar and style compliance.

All Source/ELINT Analyst

United States Marine Corps
August 2013 - August 2018

  • Delivered full electromagnetic spectrum reporting of target electromagnetic space to enable combatant commanders to develop operational course of action as part of the E-Space Analysis Center program.
  • Successfully briefed, deploying units and interested offices, the capabilities offered by the E-Space Analysis Center.
  • Efficiently arranged and participated in the analysis, processing, and distribution of strategic and tactical intelligence.
  • Created detailed analytic products including radio spectrum analysis and GSM network intelligence that enabled various tactical actions including target exploitation, SIGINT mission support, and force protection measures.
  • Worked closely with customers, tailoring reports to meet their standards and requirements.
  • Completed and collaborated on over 200 serialized reports, utilizing multiple secure databases and tools while maintaining 100% compliance.
  • Enforced Quality Control (QC) on over 200 serialized reports to ensure all reporting contains reliable and accurate intelligence.
  • Worked directly with many outside organizations in the Intelligence Community (IC), maintaining constant open contact and facilitating work to their needs/requests.

Portfolio

Portfolio Examples

  • Installation Guide Example - Firefox (2018) The goal of this guide is to inform a user to properly download, install, setup, and personalize Mozilla Firefox. This guide includes an overview of Mozilla Firefox, a how-to for proper setup, general use instructions, and personalization run through. Screenshots are also included to aid the user for ease of reading. This document was created in a technical writing class I took at University of Maryland Global Campus in 2018.
  • Release Notes Example - Firefox (2020) Release notes from the most recent Firefox 75.0 release on April, 07 2020. As a product evolves over time, having a historical log of these changes, improvements, and fixes helps tell your users what has changed and how it affects the overall program. The wording from these release notes were taken from Mozilla's release notes page and reformatted to what might be sent out to users in an email form. Multiple pages of reference materials were included in a single document to show basic changes to advanced developer changes.
  • User Guide Example - Google Chrome (2020) Release notes from the most recent Firefox 75.0 release on April, 07 2020. As a product evolves over time, having a historical log of these changes, improvements, and fixes helps tell your users what has changed and how it affects the overall program. The wording from these release notes were taken from Mozilla's release notes page and reformatted to what might be sent out to users in an email form. Multiple pages of reference materials were included in a single document to show basic changes to advanced developer changes.
  • SoccerFront (2020-Present) is a soccer live score web application that I built using Nodejs, Expressjs, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Soccerfront pulls data from the API-FOOTBALL API and displays the information in a easy to use live score table and league table (standings) view. Currently, over 20 leagues/cups are supported! This is an ongoing project and new features will be added sporadically.

I also began a blog in early 2021, where I am attempting to create 1 tech-focused post per month. My docs website could also be used as proof of experience creating documentation in Markdown. The wording for my programming notes has been taken from different courses/books I have attended/read. If you have looked at my docs, blog, SoccerFront, or even this page, you will see that I love the Nord color pallete!


Images

  • Custom Keyboard PCB with Switch Slot Callouts:


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Education

University of Maryland - Global Campus

Master of Science
Software Engineering
Currently Attending - (2023 Expected Graduation)

University of Maryland - Global Campus

Bachelor of Science
Computer Networkin & Cybersecurity

GPA: 3.8

July 2017 - May 2020

Claremont High School

June 2009 - June 2013

Skills

I have spent the last couple years, starting late 2018, learning different programming languages, either by myself or through online courses. I realized that I really had a passion for programming after making a dashboard for my browser's hompage with some simple HTML and CSS. I really do love how you can start from nothing and slowly build code into something powerful/beautiful!

I began taking notes and decided to create a website to better organize them, using Markdown and MKDocs. My notes website can be found HERE. I took Harvard University's CS50x - Introduction to Computer Science during the 2020 pandemic and learned basics for both C, Python, and SQL! For my final project, I developed SoccerFront.io, which is a soccer live scores website built using Nodejs, Expressjs, HTML, CSS, and JS.


Programming Languages & Tools

About Me

Hi, my name is Nick Platt. I am currently a software engineer for Boeing Intelligence & Analytics and work within a small development team. I recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor's in Computer Networking and Cybersecurity. I am currently enrolled in a Master's Software Engineering program and expect to graduate in early 2023. I have working knowledge in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Java, Python, SQL, Markdown, and C (hopefully more to come in the near future). Outside of work, I love watching European soccer (Go Bayern!), building keyboards, and spending time with my wife and pup. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me through the contact info below.



Certifications & Classes

  • Codecademy - Learn Java Course - Link to Cert
  • Harvard University CS50x - Introduction to Computer Science - Link to Cert
  • MongoDB University - M001: MongoDB Basics
  • University of Maryland - Global Campus - Essentials of Computer Programming