Travy
Travis Bloom

Hi, I'm Travis

A full stack engineer working in General Electric's Information Technology Leadership Program. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Business with a BS in Management Information Systems.

You can read my thoughts on tech news and trends here.

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My team's final pitchout during ITLP initial training. We earned top honors for our solution.

Next Gen Ops Architect Sept. 2014

I joined GE's Information Technology Leadership Program in June 2013. The job gives recent graduates the chance to work in four completely different IT roles over the course of two years, with graduate coursework built in throughout.
Currently I work as a Cloud Architect, developing APIs to enable GE’s Next Generation Operations initiatives.

Front-End Engineer Mar. 2014

Last rotation I worked as a front end engineer, helping to launch a new home page for GE's 300,000+ employees. My main deliverables involved building modules and unit tests for one of the largest implementations of Angular.js in the world. I also got the chance to work across our tech stack (MEAN), refactoring the existing API server and building out new routes/3rd party integrations.

The Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Van Buren Township, Michigan, where ITLP initial training was held.

ServiceNow Project Manager Aug. 2013

My first rotation was spent working within GE's ServiceNow Center of Excellence managing part of the largest ServiceNow instance in the world. I owned technical implementation of our notification stream, working with a development team of four to push 70+ platform features to production.
My other projects included helping GE Healthcare build out new ITIL processes within ServiceNow and managing the development of a new marketing portal for my organization.

ITLP Intern Summer 2012

Prior to my fulltime offer I interned within GE's Global Infrastructure Services on our IP phone systems. My summer was spent managing the integration of a 3rd party solution that enables self-service password reset functionality. I also had the opportunity to redesign my team's internal portal.

MyEasyClass.com

For my honors thesis at UConn I developed and launched my first single page web application. The application was built to fill a need that I saw semester after semester: there was no easy way to browse top ranked courses at my school. Offerings like RateMyProfessors.com were great if you already had a class in mind, but MyEasyClass’ reddit-style layout made it easy to quickly discover other course options.

The site was originally created using JQuery, Bootstrap, and Parse (JQuery was eventually replaced with Angular.js).
It launched spring of 2013, garnering 1,200+ unique visitors within the first month. During class registration the following fall, MyEasyClass had 5,200+ pageviews and 3,200 unique visitors. Putting this in to perspective, more than 20% of UConn's undergraduate population used the site.

BloomTrends

I've been an avid reader of technology news (The Verge, Techmeme, and Hacker News are just a few of my favorites) since 2009 and occasionally comment on the industry through my blog BloomTrends. The site's content includes interesting quotes from opinion pieces, video reviews of new products, and even some original content I've written.
Although my readership is small, some of my pieces have been featured on the front page of Hacker News.

travisbloom.me

My interest in web design/development started during my sophomore year of college. I used online tools like Team Treehouse and Codeacademy to teach myself the basics of HTML, CSS, and Javascript.
This most recent version of travisbloom.me was built as a static, single page blog, with all the section content typed up in a single JSON file. When a new version of the site is deployed, Gulp.js compiles the stories data to a Handlebars.js template and inject the outputted html in to my index file. This setup allows me to easily update stories and add new content to respective sections.

I graduated from UConn in May of 2013 with a Degree in Management Information Systems and a cumulative GPA of 3.96. Courses like Accounting, Finance, and Management gave me a solid foundation in business while others like Software Development, Database Design, Data Mining, and Web Development allowed me to explore my passion for technology.

Pledge books given out to potential new members of my fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi.

Outside of the classroom I was a vocal leader within Greek life at UConn. Originally elected as Secretary of my fraternity sophomore year, I became President during fall of 2011. My year long term was spent managing a 9 man executive board, leading an 89 brother chapter with an operating budget of $75,000, and working with other Greek organizations to push our community in a positive direction.