About

Taro Omiya is a multi-talented front-end software engineer that wears many hats: on work hours, he develops the user interfaces, graphical effects, and behaviors of a software. After work, he is the co-founder and executive director of the Tech Valley Game Space, a game developer community growing an indie game scene in the Capital Region of New York through education, events, and co-working. On weekends, he’s the sole developer who founded Omiya Games, an experimental indie studio that creates many renowned game jam games, including first-place winner of Ludum Dare 37’s innovation category, The Recursive Dollhouse.

His tools-of-choice are Unity, C#, and bits of Photoshop, Blender, and Garage Band here-and-there. His game jam projects are available as open-source projects on his BitBucket page.

Rèsumè

Relevant Experiences

Founder
Omiya Games, Troy, NYFebruary 2013 – Present

  • Design award winning game jam games, e.g. The Recursive Dollhouse (#1 in Innovation, Ludum Dare).
  • Directed a team of 7 on developing a minigame collection app, Not a Clone, for iOS and Android.
  • Developed the systems, mechanics, and frameworks for Not a Clone from scratch using C# and Unity.
  • Created Unity tools for the sound designer to adjust the timing on when a sound effect plays.
  • Conduct regular public play-testing sessions, and address concerns raised by the testers.

Co-Founder
Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS), Troy, NYOctober 2014 – Present

  • Lead a local game developer community that educates budding game developers and hobbyists new development skills.
  • Organize regular networking events to attract and encourage diversity in the gaming scene.
  • Conduct regular real-world game jams, preparing guides and gathering mentors for beginners.
  • Coordinate a safe-space and a co-working office, addressing concerns raised by members.
  • Teach programming, game design, and other game development basics for children fifth grade and up.

Game Developer
Pie for Breakfast Studios, Silver Spring, MDFebruary 2012 – Present

  • Developing the UI and AI for Dead Man’s Trail using C# with Unity for PC and mobile devices.
  • Upgraded the path-finding tools to improve both enemy intelligence and game stability.
  • Expanded the game’s random event system to support more choices and consequences.

Senior VR Developer
Spaceout VR, Troy, NYOctober 2016 – Present

  • Developed a 3D VR interface for Spaceout VR using C#, Unity, and Google Cardboard.
  • Integrated Watson speech recognition to simplify navigating an image search dialog.
  • Improved usability and interaction by adding UI animations and special effects to direct user’s attention.

GUI Software Engineer
Boeing, Germantown, MDJune 2010 – August 2015

  • Developed a geo-location software with C#, C++, MFC, ESRI, and Infragistics for Windows XP and 7.
  • Integrated DirectX and OpenGL to allow plotting and morphing images onto a map.
  • Improved the GUI by adding more units the user can enter for plotting points and measuring distances.
  • Increased the number of servers and protocols the software supports by reviewing and implementing documented APIs.

Volunteer Experiences

Co-Founder, Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS)October 2014 – Present
Secretary, IGDA Albany chapterJanuary 2016 – Present
Conference Associate (CA), GDCMarch 2015, March 2017

Skills

Computer Languages: C#, C++, Java, HLSL (Shaders), Ruby, Python, Perl, C, Visual Basic
Development Tools: Unity, Visual Studio, Subversion, Git, Mercurial
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7, Mac OSX, Vista, XP, Linux
Foreign Language: Japanese

Education

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NYMay 2010
B.S. Degree in Computer Science | Minor in Studio Art
GPA: 3.92/4.0 | Summa Cum Laude