Matt Elek Harris

I am a high school student with a passion for network administration, coding, web development, robotics, and music. I enjoy problem-solving and collaborating with a team to achieve a common goal. I love learning and have always been curious about the world around me and what makes it tick.

I spend my free time outdoors and with my dogs. During the warmer months, I enjoy hiking, biking, and swimming. In the winter, I can be found skiing or reading.

Experience

Self Employed

Web Developer

  • Design, develop, code and maintain websites for various businesses, including pottery and photography.
  • Work with the artists to create an internet presence that reflects their art and vision.
  • Update and keep current with awards, events and new art.

June 2018 - Present

Student Summer Technology Assistant

Pascack Valley Regional High School District, Montvale & Hillsdale NJ

  • Worked with the tech department to accomplish summer maintenance and upgrade goals.
  • Aided in the installation of 32 network switches and 13 new closet batteries.
  • Helped to relocate a network closet.
  • Assisted in the renovation of the websites for the high school district as well as Pascack Valley High School and Pascack Hills High School, with particular focus on restructuring the layout of the website to make it more user friendly and informative.
  • Assisted in preparing, processing and distributing 4800+ student laptops.
  • Assured that all classrooms were ready for the 2019-2020 school year.

June 2019 - August 2019

Lifeguard

Stonybrook Swim Club

  • Maintain American Red Cross Certificate of Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • Monitored aquatic activities and identified safety issues for five different pools; including a diving pool, a 14-foot slide, a heated competition pool, plus toddler and kiddie pools.
  • Provided first aid assistance to patrons when necessary.
  • Assisted in opening and closing the pool.

July - August 2019

Volunteer work

Web Development Intern

Volant Web Design, Bergen County, NJ

  • Provide design and development support ranging from site maintenance to original coding and design.

August 2017 - Present

Camp Teaching Assistant

Cyber Robotics Learning, Ridgewood, NJ

  • Work with children to help them solve problems, build robots, and complete missions.
  • Provide encouragement and foster a team spirit among students.

July 2017 - August 2017

Foster

Southern Paws Inc., Ringwood, NJ

  • Serve as a foster family to puppies coming to New Jersey from southern kill shelters.
  • Assist at the rescue facility.

August 2014 - Present

Acolyte

Christ Episcopal Church

  • Serve as an Acolyte, and perform a variety of duties.
  • Began Head Acolyte role in September 2018

August 2015 - 2019

Skills

Programming Languages
Tools
Workflow
  • Mobile-First, Responsive Design
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging

Patents

U.S. Patent Number: 10,118,847

  • Title: STRUCTURES FOR THE REDUCTION OF WATER IMPURITIES AND METHODS FOR THE DEPLOYMENT THEREOF
  • Issued: November 6th, 2018

  • In recent years, coastal hypoxic zones have grown in number and size. Hypoxic zones are areas within a body of water with little or no oxygen, which is an often fatal situation for marine life ranging from shellfish, corals, and larger fish that are located in such areas.

    One major source of nutrient pollution is nitrates and other nitrogen-containing compounds, which have the particular effect of increasing the prevalence of intensity of marine algal blooms, such as HABs. More specifically, when algae comprising such blooms die and decompose, specific bacteria consume the organic material, exhausting oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide, thereby creating a hypoxic zone. Such artificially created hypoxic zones amplify hypoxia created by naturally occurring conditions, such as stratification (layering) due to saline or temperature gradients in a body of water.

    We developed a method of removing nitrates from water, basicially recreating the conditions found in a beaver dam after we discovered that water downstream of beaver dams naturally has fewer nitrates.

Certifications

  • American Red Cross   American Red Cross certified for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
    • Completed on 07/21/2018
    • Valid for 2 Years
    • Certificate ID: GWHCPS
    • Verify

Awards



Pascack Pi-oneers, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1676 (2018-2020)

  • FIRST World Championship Detroit, Darwin Sub-Division
    • Undefeated in Qualification Matches
    • Semi-Finalist
  • FIRST World Championship Detroit, Darwin-Curie Division
    • Innovation in Control Award
    • Safety Award Finalist


HIPE Robotics, FIRST LEGO League Team 15651 (2016-2017)

I was a member of HIPE, a five member robotics team, that progressed to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis in 2017. We came in second place for Research Innovation.

  • World Championship, St. Louis (04/2017)
    • 2nd Place - Research Innovation
  • New Jersey State Championship (12/10/2016)
    • 1st Place - Champion's Award
  • Northern New Jersey Bergen Brickfest Qualifying Tournament (11/19/2016)
    • 1st Place - Champion's Award
    • 1st Place - Robot Performance