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Focused on
Cloud Computing, Kubernetes
Top skills
  • JavaScript & JS Ecosystem
  • Cloud Architecture
  • Kubernetes
  • Developer Experience
  • CLI Tools
  • CI/CD
Highlights
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect
  • Certified Kubernetes Administrator
  • Startup & Corporate Experience
About
Ruxandra is one of the familiar faces around the Vancouver community, acting as Director of Marketing for Women Who Code Vancouver since summer 2017, speaker & member of Women Techmakers Vancouver, speaker and champion of #MoveTheDial movement, and having previously mentored with Lighthouse Labs, Canada Learning Code, and Re:Coded. Ruxandra has been working as a Software Engineer & Architect with TELUS Digital for 3+ years, having had the chance to contribute to or lead multiple projects in the My TELUS and Home Solutions team. As part of the Architecture Support Team, she helped ensure continuous alignment to overall technical vision between the different teams and departments in TELUS. Following her interest in developer experience, Ruxandra joined CTO.ai in August 2019 as Solutions Architect, where she works with engineering teams and helps design infrastructure solutions and automate devops workflows, involving multiple cloud providers and technologies. AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate) since December 2019, Ruxandra has also been focusing on expanding her Kubernetes knowledge and experience and has obtained her Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certification from The Linux Foundation in March 2021. In her spare time, she is an avid foodie and instagrammer, and loves to read, play tennis, ski, or crochet cute animals.
Work history

Senior Software Engineer // Solutions Architect

CTO.ai
August 2019 - present
As co-lead of the Platform Solutions team, reporting to the Director of Platform Solutions, Ruxandra supported clients by identifying challenges and limitations in their infrastructure and DevOps processes, optimizing infrastructure solutions, building custom tools to streamline DevOps, and supporting the client's engineering teams with adoption. Since joining the Platform Engineering team, reporting to the VP of Engineering, Ruxandra has been contributing directly to the various applications powering the Ops Platform (full-stack). ► Designed and implemented open source, as well as custom infrastructure and automation solutions (using Kubernetes, Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services, Terraform, Github Actions, CircleCI, etc.). ► Designed, built and ran technical demos for key stakeholders and several industry events, including Amazon ReInvent 2019. ► Delivered multiple features and bug fixes to key internal applications: API & Slack integrations (golang), front-end (ReactJS, NextJS), CLI tools (NodeJS), SDKs (Python, bash, Rust, NodeJS), etc. ► Major contributor to customer-facing documentation (setup, tutorials, SDK documentation, blog reviews and contributions). CTO.ai is a platform for fast moving development teams who want to build, share, and run developer workflows in CLI and Slack.

Senior Software Engineer // Software Architect

Telus Digital - Platform Architecture
July 2018 - August 2019
As part of the Platform Architecture Team, reporting to the Principal Architect and working closely with him to help ensure continuous alignment to overall technical vision between the different teams and departments in TELUS, Ruxandra developed and maintained the Digital Platform, led Architecture Reviews, and provided mentorship and feedback to developers across the department. ► Worked closely with the team to maintain and evolve internal starter kits, core libraries, and CLI tools (using: NodeJS, ExpressJS, ReactJS, Redux, Contentful, Saucelabs, Invision, CircleCI, RedHat Openshift, Jenkins, etc.). ► Led several explorations of technical tools (CI/CD, Github actions, automated version management & releases, etc.), planned adoption strategies, and paired with teams to help them adopt the new tools/standards across their projects. ► Maintained key org-wide technical documentation repositories and helped build a solid documentation practice. ► Facilitated several internal processes and practices meant to encourage collaboration among our multiple teams, avoid duplication, reach consensus on technical decisions, and supported other TELUS teams in their exploration and adoption of the Digital Platform. TELUS Digital is the team leading the digital evolution at TELUS, Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company.

Senior Software Engineer // Tech Lead

Telus Digital - My TELUS
July 2017 - July 2018
Reporting to the My TELUS Director, as Technology Lead of the My Telus Home Solutions team, Ruxandra led a team of 4 engineers in charge with maintaining and shipping NodeJS/ExpressJS APIs & ReactJS/Redux web applications for Internet, TV & Home Phone customers, as part of the My TELUS self serve account management platform. ► Worked closely with the Product Owner, Designers, and external teams to help refine the technical requirements and KPIs for the team, and clarify the acceptance criteria for the features to be built. ► Mentored and organized the team, and ran Developer Roundtable meetings, facilitating collaboration and executing code reviews. ► Collaborated closely with external teams to research and negotiate APIs design and interfaces, clarify interdependencies and impact to delivery timelines, identified common risks and opportunities to consolidate work, etc. ► Supported the team through pioneering the new org-wide technology stack and helped identify opportunities and gaps, as well as migrated existing work from a dated PHP monolith to a Javascript-centric stack focused on scalability, microservices, CI/CD.

Software Engineer

Telus Digital - My TELUS
November 2015 - June 2017
Reporting to the My TELUS Director, Ruxandra was part of an Agile team building and maintaining My TELUS, a PHP/Codeigniter based suite of self-serve account management products for all of TELUS Customers (~2 Million users per month). ► Built a variety of new experiences for TELUS Home Solutions customers (2 factor authentication, assisted registration, appointment scheduling, etc.) and helped evolve core applications and backend APIs. ► Core contributor and maintainer of main internal Customer API serving a large number of applications. ► 1st place in TELUS Artificial Intelligence Hackathon (2017) with a React Native app using AI (automated license plate recognition, sentiment analysis, etc.) to help improve bike lane infrastructure, safety and parking enforcement. ► 2nd place in TELUS Digital Website Performance Hackathon (2016).

Mentor - Web Development Bootcamp

Lighthouse Labs
February 2016 - February 2018
Mentored, offered teaching assistance, and evaluated projects for Lighthouse Labs coding bootcamp students: Ruby, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails, NodeJS, ExpressJS, React, etc.

Digital Marketing Strategist (SEM & Analytics)

Cymax Group
June 2014 - August 2015
Created, monitored and optimized large-scale, complex e-commerce search engine marketing campaigns; managed three major product categories, covering over 300 campaigns and an average monthly spend of over $200.000. Worked jointly with IT and Merchandising to constantly improve the quality and performance of the landing pages, implement analytics & remarketing tracking, and increase conversion rates. Cymax is one of the fastest growing online furniture retailers, carrying over 75,000 SKUs and over 200 furniture brands.
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Showcase
CTO.ai Automation Platform

CTO.ai Automation Platform

https://cto.ai

Serverless platform on top of K8s that is designed for fast moving development teams who want focus on delivering applications, not managing their delivery operations.

  • Status: live
  • Kubernetes
  • Amazon Web Services
  • golang
  • NodeJS
  • ReactJS
  • Gitlab
  • Github
Kubernetes Automations

Kubernetes Automations

https://github.com/cto-ai?q=kubernetes

A collection of interactive CLI & Slack tools that automate the creation and destruction of EKS and GKE clusters and simplify managing operations inside existing clusters.

  • Status: live
  • Kubernetes
  • EKS
  • GKE
  • Slack
  • CLI
  • NodeJS
  • Terraform
Blog Q&A - How to Automate Your Workflow with DevOps "Ops Builder” Ruxandra

Blog Q&A - How to Automate Your Workflow with DevOps "Ops Builder” Ruxandra

https://cto.ai/blog/how-to-automate-your-workflow-with-ruxandra/

Discussion on how to automate your workflows as a developer by running Ops or automations in your CLI and Slack using The Ops Platform with a focus on building Kubernetes related automations.

  • Status: live
  • DevOps
  • Blog
  • Interview
  • Kubernetes
  • Ops Platform
  • CLI Tools
  • Slack
  • Automation
DailyHive.com Infrastructure

DailyHive.com Infrastructure

https://dailyhive.com/

DailyHive.com migrated to modern infrastructure using Kubernetes & AWS, modern CI/CD, on demand deployments & infrastructure management using custom CLI tools built with the CTO.ai Ops Platform.

  • Status: live
  • Kubernetes
  • DevOps
  • CircleCI
  • Grafana
  • Prometheus
  • MySQL
  • AWS
  • Cloudflare
TELUS Home Shop

TELUS Home Shop

https://www.telus.com/en/shop/home/internet/plans

E-commerce experience for purchasing and updating Internet & other home services.

  • Status: live
  • JavaScript
  • NodeJS
  • ReactJS
  • Openshift
My TELUS

My TELUS

https://www.telus.com/my-telus

Self serve account management app for TELUS customers.

  • Status: live
  • JavaScript
  • NodeJS
  • ReactJS
  • Openshift

Open Source Contributions

https://github.com/ruxandrafed

Contributed small fixes, features, or documentation to several popular open source projects.

  • Status: live
  • Kubernetes
  • ESLint
  • Octokit
  • Editorconfig
  • NodeJS
  • Jest

Women Who Code Vancouver

https://www.womenwhocode.com/vancouver

Helped build a community of 2700+ members as Director (Volunteer), with 40+ local and online events to date.

  • Status: live
  • Women Who Code
  • Community
  • Meetup
  • Events
  • Diversity
Education & Certifications

Certified Kubernetes Administrator

The Linux Foundation

March 2021

See credential on Credly
Certified Kubernetes Administrator

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Amazon Web Services Training and Certification

December 2019

See credential on Credly
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

Software Architecture Principles and Practices

Carnegie Mellon University - Software Engineering Institute

December 2018

See program
Software Architecture Principles and Practices

MA in Organizational Management

Faculty of Economics & Business Administration Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania

2008 - 2010

See MA details
MA in Organizational Management

BA in Management

Faculty of Economics & Business Administration Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania

2005 - 2008

See BA details
BA in Management
  • Ruxandra has shown tremendous growth and aptitude for picking up new topics, learning new skills and taking on large and complex architectural challenges, from helping her team by taking a leadership role through pairing and sharing best practices, into becoming part of the Architecture and Platform team, to help set standards and build developer acceleration tools for a team of 400+ technologists working in a rapid digital transformation environment! Ruxandra is the ideal technical team leader in having the passion and energy to build and improve technology and people and balancing that with thoughtful and deep understanding of her teammates and the business needs. I would welcome and look forward to the opportunity to work with Ruxandra again in the future!

    Ahmad NassriFractional CTO, Founder of Tech Masters Community, Advocate of all things Open Source, Startup Advisor, Entrepreneur
  • In each and every case when I have worked with Ruxandra, she has impressed me with the depth and breadth of skill that she has demonstrated. I have found her to be uniquely determined to deliver a high quality of product, and keenly insightful in finding ways to eliminate technical debt and improve her personal and professional performance. I would recommend Ruxandra for any team, as her knowledge, skills and experience make her a tremendous contributor and a powerful asset.

    Don BurksSoftware Development Manager at Amazon
  • Ruxandra is a force to be reckoned with. During our time together at TELUS Digital, we worked on a variety of challenging e-commerce and online account management experiences. Most notably, we brought to life an E2E digital experience that enabled TELUS customers the ability to change their internet rate plan online without having to call into the call centre/physically visit a retail store. At the time this was shipped, it was the first of its kind! As a fullstack software engineer, Ruxandra possesses a very strong technical acumen and is able to navigate both front end and backend technologies with ease. She has a unique ability to balance the technical requirements of a long term product vision and the immediate needs to ship value to customers iteratively. In the time that we worked together, I could always rely on her to get me up-skilled with the technical challenges of the apps we were building. Her ability to communicate complex technical limitations in a very succinct manner made making trade offs easy. Overall, Ruxandra is an absolute joy and pleasure to work with. You can’t really ask for much more. But if you do, know that she will exceed all your expectations and then some.

    Matthew TseSenior Product Manager, Enterprise Cloud at Atlassian
  • I have had the privilege of working with Ruxandra for 4 years now and I can honestly say I take tremendous pride in writing this recommendation. I remember the first meeting we had together, I knew instantly she was going to do amazing things and help our team rise to new levels. Her interest in the team, our goals, how she could help, and immediate contributions were beyond impressive. Ruxandra's passion, commitment, willingness to try, learn and teach are unsurpassed. She is a strategic thinker and drives the team to find the right solution, recommends alternate options and rallies the team to get things done. She has the trust and respect of her team mates and the leadership team. Ruxandra is truly an amazing addition to any team

    Stacey JamesDirector, Digital at ecobee
  • Working with Ruxandra for the last 3+ years has been a highlight for me. When she first joined my team, working on My TELUS (customer self serve), I knew she was special. Ruxandra has an innate capacity to learn... she's a sponge! She quickly ramped up on all of our tooling, and was punching well above her weight for a new hire. Since then I have seen her career skyrocket, as she quickly ramped from her next role as team lead into her current role as one of the most influential architects in the company. Her amazing technical abilities is only a small part of the full package. Beyond that, she demonstrates keen soft skills, strong business sense, and is an amazing leader, mentor and entrepreneur in her own right. Ruxandra brings her good humour, humility, empathy and PMA into any circumstance, which makes her an excellent facilitator, and a powerful developer advocate. Given more time, I am convinced she will be an absolute juggernaut in the local development scene!

    Tom VogelSenior Staff Software Architect, Production Engineering at AppDirect
  • Ruxandra has been, hands down, one of my favourite teammates that I ever had the opportunity to work with. As a designer, I have always been impressed with her ability to work seamlessly with designers and POs. She is able to contextualize tech challenges to team members who don't have a background in software engineering and her attention to detail makes it a breeze to work on solutions together. I am continuously impressed with her ability to lead and work with a team strongly. She is passionate, kind, funny and working with her feels like working with a friend. Ruxandra has my highest recommendation and my only regret is that we don't work together anymore!

    Renée MakUX Professional, Illustrator
  • Ruxandra and I worked closely to manage an array of responsibilities. She is always looking to learn and is a dedicated teammate who is always putting others first. I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to work with her, she brought a great deal of talent and positive culture to the team. I hope we have the chance to work together again!

    Calvin HollowayFounder of Hippie Inc.
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