Amber Neely


Writer, Designer, Software Tester


Jack of All Trades

Not only do I have nearly a decade of professional writing and designing experience, I've made it my own personal mission to become acquainted with as many types of mainstream software as possible. This has given me the unique ability to be a quick study at all kinds of software, whether it's a long-loved Adobe product, an up-an-coming revolutionary app, or even in-house proprietary software.


Total Transparency

For me, communication is key. I welcome all questions and always ask for clarification when needed. I am upfront and honest about my abilities and am willing to work with you about any concerns you may have.


Self-Driven

Spending the better portion of a decade being a freelance writer and designer has taught me to be self-motivated. I have excellent time management skills and can reallocate my time to higher priority tasks when the job calls for it.

Academic Achievements


Alma Mater: Penn State University (Behrend Campus)
Graduating GPA: 3.54
Major: General Arts and Sciences: Liberal Studies
Focus: Conservation and sustainability, digital humanities, research and critical literature analysis (primarily nonfiction.)


Noteworthy Internships

Greener Behrend Intern (Summer, Fall, Spring recurrent internship)
Taught students about watershed health and pollution preventionCreated lesson plans and lab experiments for grade-appropriate learningWorked with CGLL, DCNR, and EPA to address environmental concernsResearched viable methods of removing invasive species without harming local flora and fauna


Art & Design Internship (Spring semester)
Organized events for Digital Media Festival 2017Designed promotional materials for Digital Media Festival 2017Archived artwork for the Patricia S. Yahn Art ShowCreated modular mural for Iroquois Jr/Sr High School Library redesign to fit within clients expectations


SIGNIFICANT COURSEWORK:
Environmental History, Sustainability Leadership, Climate Change/Energy/Biodiversity, Introduction to Soil Science, Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering: Environmental Protection, Horticultural Crop Diseases, Introduction to Bioethics, Introduction to Digital Media, Advanced Digital Creations, Writing for the Web

Professional Experience


Mac|Life (May 2016 - December 2016)
Software & Application Reviewer
Analyzed software for usabilityProvided insight into usefulness of softwareCritiqued software based on employer's guidelines Identified target audiences for specific software and applications



MacNN (October 2014 – June 2016)
Technology Journalist, Reviewer
Analyzed products against a list of specific criteriaIdentified a product's strengths and weaknesses to relay to a wide reader base Utilized extensive knowledge of sustainability to inform readers about technology and the environment Persuaded readers to consider the environmental impact of their technology-based purchases Increased website traffic by utilizing SEO techniques and creating informative, easy-to-read articlesReviewed video games under tight deadlines in order to take advantage of search engine queries


NOTEWORTHY SKILLS:
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel (and OpenOffice equivalents,) Joomla, Drupal, Wordpress, SEO, blogging, technical writing

Volunteer Experience


Children's Water Festival (2015-2016)
Board Member
Composed compelling promotional material to persuade schools to attend the festivalAnalyzed previous festival data for what could be improved and expanded uponProvided feedback on educational value of activities provided to 4th and 5th grade childrenDelegated tasks to a team of 40 volunteers