Kyla Nascimento
Smith Software Engineer. Biologist. Adventurer.

> whoami

Greetings! I'm Janice K. N. Smith.

I'm a biologist software engineer living outside of Boston working with awesome folks @ Americas Test Kitchen.

When I'm not working on software, I'm enjoying producing great food for my friends and family, taking my dogs on long walks/hikes, listening to vinyl or plowing through the latest season of Bob's Burgers.

In my former life I was a Biotechnologist working on improving lives with science, receiving a B.S. in Biotechnology at the Rochester Institute of Technology and my M.Sc in Biotechnology at UC Irvine.

> janice --skills

  • JavaScript ❱ React ❱ Redux ❱
  • Ruby ❱ Ruby on Rails ❱ Postgres ❱
  • git ❱ github ❱ heroku ❱ aws ❱

> janice --creds

Team Lead and Senior Engineer

Forward Financing

December 2017 - Present

I help push the boundaries of the current technology ecosystem at Forward Financing so we can better serve and help our clients, as well support all our internal teams.

Software Engineer

Forward Financing

May 2017 – December 2017

Architected new standards for the front-end ecosystem. Launched the first external user facing application for the Forward Financing team, and worked to iterate on the external facing UX experience.

Software Engineer

America's Test Kitchen

March 2016 – May 2017

As an engineer on a cross functional team, I embraced working with product, design and marketing to enhance our flagship products using React and Redux. I architected and assisted in the implementation of JSON API’s in our Ruby on Rails application while supporting our legacy applications. And I also participated in hiring, supporting and onboarding both interns and associate team members.

Associate Software Engineer

America's Test Kitchen

May 2014 – March 2016

As a member of the Cooking School platform team, my primary goals were to improve course recommendations for students and overall performance of the application. Working with the senior leadership team we implemented a caching system in our view layer and decreased the response time of our API endpoints using customized SQL statements. As part of this work I drove our assessment system to better offer course recommendations.

Research Associate


November 2011 - December 2013

Organized and executed molecular biology assays to help increase the efficacy of DNA extraction for the identification of forensic samples. This included creating analysis reports and working with other teams to diagnose and troubleshoot critical issues.