Hey! I'm Andrew Fischer, a -year-old student and developer. I'm currently attending the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a degree in computational biology. Currently, I'm making and breaking things at The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn's student-run newspaper. As Director of Web Development, I've been working with an extremely talented group of students to create a quality digital news experience.

Work Experience

The Daily Pennsylvanian
Director of Web Development Spring 2015—Present

Building a web department at of United States’ largest student-run newspapers.

  • Responsible for designing and implementing engaging webpages for special projects
  • Manage staff of 10 students
  • Launched redesign of and, reducing load times and increasing readability. Used PHP’s Twig templating engine.
  • Elected to Board of Directors as an at-large member. Participate in high-level company discussion and planning as the company moves to a web-first mindset.
  • Responsible for long-term decisions regarding the future of the DP’s web presence
Motivate International
Engineering Intern
Summer 2016, Summer 2017

Worked as full-stack engineering intern, returning for a second summer.

  • Implemented API layer in Scala and the Play Framework using functional programming principles. Currently in use by eight bike share systems and receives 200+ requests per minute
  • Worked with and contributed to server-less APIs using AWS Lambda and SQS
  • Created PHP-backed dashboards for dispatchers to view real-time system data
  • Worked with standards body for the General Bike Share Feed Specification (GBFS)
  • Additional work with Ruby (Rails, Sinatra) and Python (Flask)
Engineering Intern
Summer 2015

Worked at a venture-backed startup helping to maintain legacy codebase and transition to a new codebase.

  • Created both NodeJS front-ends and Java APIs to implement checkout flows for new products, using user feedback to improve designs.
  • Created front-end components for SumAll’s new VueJS-based web application


University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts, Computational Biology
Fall 2015—Present

Biology major with strong focus on computer science, data-analysis, modeling, and systems.

Major coursework includes Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science; Automata, Computability and Complexity; Molecular Biology and Genetics; and Advanced Evolution.

Stuyvesant High School
Class of 2015

Received highest honors in Computer Science.