Jay Patel

University of Maryland · College Park, MD 20740 · (541) 279-7196 · jp369@umd.edu

I am a Software Developer with a passion for technology who is versed in many different programming languages and has been coding for four years.


Solutions Architect Intern

Amazon Web Services

June 2020 - Present

Junior Developer

IQ Solutions

September 2019 - May 2020

Digital Technology Intern

IQ Solutions

  • Developed three projects with headless Drupal, one of which serviced eight government clients
  • Agile Development Environment with JIRA
  • Worked in an Agile Development Environment with JIRA
  • Programmed with PHP, JS, Drupal 8, and Pantheon
  • May 2019 - August 2019

    Freelance Developer


    I freelanced for development work around Redmond, Oregon. Built several hotel websites including www.dreamerslodge.com and www.redmondinn.net.

  • Developed sites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for both front-end and back-end.
  • Used G-Suite to build company emails, such as manager@dreamerslodge.com. Worked with Google mail in linking company URL to GSuite.
  • August 2015 - Present


    Gift Card Guy

    This is a business I co-founded with my older cousin, and currently I am the owner of the company. We came up with this idea after realizing that people would rather have hard cash than gift cards. Since my cousin went off to college I have continued to further develop the business.

  • Over 1000 combined door-to-door Transactions
  • 100% Self Managed
  • Role: Market Services, Finance, and Purchase gift cards (transactions)
  • Over $97,000 worth of gift cards sold
  • July 2015 - August 2018

    Receptionist/Employee Trainer

    Redmond Inn Motel

    I was the receptionist for the Redmond Inn Motel as well as the new employee trainer

  • I managed aspects of the front desk
  • Created daily revenue reports
  • Checked customers in and out of the motel
  • Performed market research and competitor analysis to draw customers to the hotel.
  • July 2015 - June 2017

    Student Ambassador

    Ruffalo Noel Levitz

    As a student ambassador, I serve as fundraisers and representatives of the University. We contact alumni, parents, and friends of the University to strengthen their connection with the University as well as raise monetary support for the entire University community.

    September 2018 - March 2019



    IOS App

    This is my first app that I developed at Make School Summer Academy. CardCart is an app that helps you declutter your wallet by storing all your business cards and receipts. My app is currently on the app store and I am currently working on the next version.


    University of Maryland - College Park

    Bachelor of Science
    Computer Science
    August 2018 - May 2022


    Programming Languages & Tools

    Awards & Certifications

    My Story

    I grew up in an apartment behind the office of the Motel my parents run. I watched my parents struggle to keep up with the demands of their business--it was like a juggling act for them. My parents, immigrants from India, were very unfamiliar with technology, and I’ve been interested in technology since I was young. In the process of moving to the United States, they needed to learn how to read, write, and speak English. I felt that it was my role, being exposed to computers and native in English, to learn and translate to them how to use technology to help them with their small business. It was one of my earliest responsibilities. As I grew up I taught them how to use software like Excel, Word, and helped make their business more efficient. As I got older, I helped them integrate an online reservation system software into their business. I’ve seen first hand how technology makes life easier, helping them improve the efficiency of their business has also helped improve their quality of life. Looking forward, being versed in technology and programming will enable me to continue helping improve their business and quality of life. I understand how technology helps less privileged members of society succeed.

    My passion for computer science started during my freshman year, that's when I got into programming and started teaching myself web development using free online courses and tools. I was entranced. I could dive into projects and allow myself to get into my zone, hours would fly by as I worked on my projects. I can spend days trying to solve a complex problem, and even when I can’t seem to find a solution, I push through because I want to feel that moment when I solve the problem, and feel that instant rush of joy and excitement. It’s indescribable, you have to feel it to understand it. I knew this was something I wanted to pursue as a career.

    Since then, I have been learning other coding languages such as SQL, Java, and Swift. Coding has become my comfort zone. Computer science helps me build something out of nothing that could not only help others, but can change our everyday life. With the power of computer science you can create software that makes life easier for the people around, and that concept is why I believe computer science is such a useful, and fantastic skill to have. I’m inspired by how broad a reach technology has. Even parents like mine, unfamiliar with english, want and need to incorporate programs into their business to enhance efficiency.

    I’m from a small town with limited resources for technology courses. It’s often hard to find teachers who are versed enough in computer science to help guide me. I do find online resources, like stack overflow, that I can turn to when I’m stuck on a problem. But, I was fortunate enough to attend a bootcamp over the summer in San Francisco, California, which was really essential in helping me find teachers that can guide me. I’ve found a few people I can turn to, like Karly, my camp computer science professor, or Jose Ramirez , my professor who taught me swift at a IOS development bootcamp I went to over the summer. These two professors are people that I can go to if I need assistance in computer science or I ever want to learn more. These two professors have helped me grow as a programmer and a student.

    I want to become an innovator, people are waiting to be helped. I want to use my skills and passion for computer science to make the world more efficient, and I want to be able to create products that people like my parents can use. Products that are more accessible to those who don’t have access to the tools that more privileged people may have had.