Builder of minds. Writes code that writes code.
I have spent almost two decades in software engineering in industries as diverse as insurance, energy, travel, and higher education, including consulting with companies such as AIG and Conde Naste. I have worked in both application and product development, as well as framework creation, code generation, API building, and machine learning. Currently, I am the principal software engineer for the University of Virginia's School of Medicine.
In October of 2017, I became a Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies.
I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology with an applied research specialization.
I blog about technology, programming, and cybercultural at Codepunk.
Speaking & Presentations
- SyntaxCon. "Building Effective Conversational Apps with Bot Framework and LUIS." June 7th, 2018.
- Medbiquitous. "Beyond Mobile: Effective Conversational Apps for Students." May 21st, 2018.
- Medbiquitous. "Content Categorization with MeSH Terms using Artificial Intelligence." May 21st, 2018.
- Northern VA CodeCamp. "Building Bots with TypeScript and Azure Bot Service." May 12th, 2018.
- Azure Global Bootcamp. "Getting Started with Azure Bot Service." April 21st, 2018.
- Applied Machine Learning Conference. "Medical Education Content Categorization with MeSH Terms." April 12th, 2018.
- Microsoft MVP Philadelphia Community Connection. "How Cool? Lightning Talks. Hacking Diversity." November 4th, 2017.
- edUi Conference. "Building Progressive Web Apps." September 26th, 2017.
- edUi Conference. "Building Bots for the Conversation UI." September 25th, 2017.
- LSP Fall Conference. "Tooling and Process Improvement with Grunt, Boxstarter, and Git." November 19th, 2015.
- JAM Orlando. "jQuery and JICS." June 4th, 2010.
- New York Times Travel Show. "Web Presence and Social Media Workshop." February 6th, 2009.
- New York Times Travel Show. "New Technology Panel." February 6th, 2009.
Contreras, C. L.M. & Szul, M. (2016). Exploring the importance of first access delay. Presentation at the 2016 Capella University Faculty Virtual Conference, Navigating Online Learning Challenges: Collaborating for Innovation.
Szul, M., & Contreras, C. L.M. (2013). Learning management systems, design, and grade performance. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
Contreras, C. L., Szul., M., Donley, D., & Thomas, S. M. (2012). Grade predictors in online learning: Exploring the importance of first access delay. Poster presented at Virginia Association for Behavior Analysis, Harrisonburg, VA.
June 2011 - August 2013
Reviewed, summarized, and wrote literature and data related to online learning, learning management systems (LMS), computer literacy, personality types, and grade performance. Performed statistical analysis on data sets, and worked with computer literacy and personality measures.