Shifra Pride Raffel


* Senior Java Engineer (Common Platform Interfaces Group Developer), MSCI Inc, Berkeley, CA
August 2011 - present
Writing Java code.

* Senior Java Engineer (Software Engineer IV), Cisco Media Solutions Group, San Francisco, CA
June 2008 - July 2011
Software engineer at Agile (scrum) startup within Cisco, writing Java web services for a platform that built social networking websites, Cisco Eos.

* Agile Software Engineer, Pivotal Labs, San Francisco, CA
April 2007 - June 2008
Software engineer at Agile software development consultancy, doing test-driven Agile development with a wide variety of clients. Java/Spring/Hibernate/Postgres application for Sourceforge, Ruby on Rails application for Bring Light, worked on Java code for

* Web Archiving Programmer, California Digital Library, University of California Office of the President
January 2004 - April 2007
Promoted from Programmer/Analyst II June 2005, doing Perl and Java.

Developer for online library of the University of California. Winner, Incentive Award Program, Spring 2005. Software design and Java code for Digital Preservation Repository and NDIIPP project, incorporating Internet Archive's Heritrix crawler. Contributions to Heritrix include DecideRules code and a wiki page referenced from here on Embedding Heritrix wiki page. Technical team lead for the NDIIPP team, senior coder and architect, mentoring junior coders. Learned Ruby on Rails for NDIIPP user interface.

* CRS II/Web Applications Programmer, ITS Tech Transfer Program, University of California at Berkeley
November 2002 - January 2004

As part of 3-person Systems team, developed applications in Perl and PHP in Apache/Linux and shared PostgreSQL administration for departmental website.

* Web Programmer, ThriveOnline, San Francisco
July 2000 - December 2001
Promoted from HTML Associate 2/01.

Coded Oracle-backed internal system administration apps and external web apps in Perl and Java for award-winning healthy living site. Hand-built HTML pages. Devised Perl/XML solution using XSLT display stylesheets for publishing 50,000-page medical library and daily Reuters feed, using native ATG Dynamo job scheduling system. Oversaw highly successful site moves from NT to Unix development; to new server farm; and to Interwoven platform. Introduced QA strategy and accessibility policy. Wrote 10,000-line Fitness Planner for Kellogg's Fitness CD-ROM, included in 10 million cereal boxes. Project-managed and led large, mission-critical projects, tracking milestones with Microsoft Project.
Sample screen shots:
Fitness Planner: Perl code, HTML
Health club locator: Perl, Javascript and DHTML, HTML
Wheel of wisdom: Perl and Actionscript code

* Lucent Technologies, Systems Support Specialist, Denver, CO
November 1998-June 2000
Concurrent with web duties below, supported Legend PBX (phone system). Premier Associate award, 2000; Key to Excellence award, 1999. Click here for more information on this position.

*Lucent TSO Recognition team
January 2000 - June 2000
Structured, designed, and coded internal corporate award and recognition site.

Honors, Publications and Professional Associations

* Sugarman, S., Pride Raffel, S., Loy, D., and Reyes, M., "Expanding the CDL Digital Preservation Repository for New Projects." Presentation for the Fall 2006 Digital Library Federation Forum
* Seneca, T., and Pride Raffel, S., "NDIIPP Web-at-Risk: The Development of a Web Archiving Service at the California Digital Library." (Wrote all technical content, about 15 of 30 pages.) In proceedings of the 2006 International Web Archiving Workshop
* Winner, Digital Library Federation Forum Fellowship for Librarians new to the Profession (Fall 2004 DLF Forum)
* The East Bay I.T. Group: Java SIG, Best Practices/Software Architecture SIG, Women's Information Group, XML/Web Services SIG
* WITI, Women in Technology International (attend, non-member)
* Always On Network
* San Francisco Higher Education Web Professionals group (SFHEWP)


*Princeton University, B.A. Magna cum laude in English June 1990, Phi Beta Kappa


View performance review from UC Berkeley supervisor
View reference from ThriveOnline supervisor
View reference from Oxygen's VP of Interactive Technology
View reference from Lucent supervisor

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