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LUCIAN GRUIA

Background.

Highlights of the companies and organisations that contributed to my development and that I shaped. 

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Present Nov 2023

    Principal Technology Lead for AI, BI & Data | Software Architect

    CIKLUM, UNITED KINGDOM
    Driving the AI architectural strategy and adoption, leading the growth of the AI unit, and guiding team members' career paths.

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  • Nov 2023 Oct 2022

    Principal Java Developer/Software Architect

    CIKLUM, UNITED KINGDOM
    (FORMERLY - CN GROUP CZ, CZECH REPUBLIC)

    Creating full-stack cutting-edge enterprise solutions for the aerospace industry, leading Java and AI communities.

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  • Oct 2022 Oct 2019

    Senior Software Development Consultant (Java)

    CIKLUM, UNITED KINGDOM
    (FORMERLY - CN GROUP CZ, CZECH REPUBLIC)

    Creating full-stack cutting-edge enterprise solutions for supply chain using blockchain and for aerospace domains.

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  • Present Oct 2019

    Java Tech Lead

    FLATIRONS SOLUTIONS, UNITED STATES

    Leading an international team - spread over 6 timezones, that handles designing and implementing Java-based frameworks for aerospace and defence customers (manufacturers and airlines).

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  • Sept 2019 Mar 2015

    Senior Software Development Engineer

    ORANGE, ROMANIA

    Designing & implementing highly scalable frameworks for telco & fintech applications. Mentoring junior engineers.

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  • Mar 2015 Aug 2012

    Software Development Engineer

    ORANGE, ROMANIA

    Developing and integrating solutions for telco applications.

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STARTUPS

  • Present January 2024

    Founder & Software Developer

    ORATIFY, ROMANIA

    Open source AI platform for interactive real-time presentations. The project introduces the concept of Augmented Talk.

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  • Present Sept 2023

    Founder & Software Architect

    CONTINUAL BOT FRAMEWORK, ROMANIA

    Enterprise Conversational Framework leveraging advanced NLP algorithms, Semantic Search techniques, Continual Learning NN and RAG architecture.

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  • Present Jul 2015

    Co-Founder

    TC, ROMANIA

    Implementing technical solutions for non-technical businesses. Living in a software-based world.

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  • Apr 2018 Nov 2015

    Co-Founder & CTO

    QUESTO, ROMANIA

    Joint venture start-up under TC. Mobile app to help users avoid tourist traps and explore new places as locals.

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CONSULTANCY & FREELANCING

  • Present Feb 2017

    Co-Founder & Tech Partner

    ALUMNI COMMUNITY OF
    UNIVERSITY POLITEHNICA OF BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

    Developing and integrating the web platform of our University alumni community.

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  • Present Oct 2016 (On hold between Mar 2020 and Mar 2022)

    Solution Architect

    CUIBUL ARTIȘTILOR, ROMANIA

    Working with an NGO to design and implement a real-time booking web & mobile scalable framework.

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  • May 2021 May 2016

    Head of Web & Founding Member

    TEDxUPB, ROMANIA

    Creating the booking, payment & check-in platforms for our local university TEDx event.

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  • 2012 2005

    Web developer & IT support technician

    FREELANCER

    Implementing presentation websites. Personal computers & gadgets troubleshooting. 

TEACHING & MENTORING

  • Present Jul 2013

    Diploma Coordinator & Teacher

    FACULTY OF ELECTRONICS, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    UNIVERSITY POLITEHNICA OF BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

    Scientific diploma coordinator of 11 graduation projects (9 bachelors, 2 masters). Presenting technical topics during university's seminaries as an invitee of the faculty.

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  • Jan 2024 Nov 2023

    Technical Mentor for AI/ML Google's Digital Workshop

    DIGITAL STACK & GOOGLE, ROMANIA

    I developed an AI course, backed by Digital Stack and Google, for Romanian technical students, focusing on real-life and business applications.

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  • Jun 2021 Nov 2019

    Java & SQL Trainer

    SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY, ROMANIA

    Teaching in a private programming academy - OOP and databases concepts for professionals focused on their technical growth.

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  • Present Oct 2008

    Volunteering Mentor

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Guiding next generations of IT leaders to build new projects and develop organisational cultures.

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  • 2019 2013

    Technical Mentor

    ORANGE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM (OEP), ROMANIA

    Teaching students with OEP scholarships, programming, telecommunications, and other related topics.

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  • 2018 2016

    Software Summer School Coordinator

    TC & SAIM, ROMANIA

    Trainer & organizer of the curricula.

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  • 2019 2012

    Training Center Coordinator

    MobilPRO, CareerTeam & IT Dep by LSE, ROMANIA

    Organizing the curricula and the events calendar and inviting the trainers to share their knowledge.

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  • Jul 015 Jul 2015

    Soft Skills Trainer

    RISE (by LSE), ROMANIA

    Leadership, entrepreneurship and public speaking trainer for 20 participating students in an international Erasmus exchange programme.

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  • 2015 2012

    Tutoring students

    FREELANCER

    Coaching 5 students for their maths and physics baccalaureate exam and for informatics certification. Preparing 6 students from different universities (ASE, University of Bucharest, Spiru Haret, Dimitrie Cantemir, Romano-Americana and Hyperion) for the maths or informatics exams.

VOLUNTEERING

  • Sep 2019 Oct 2017

    Co-Founder & Investor

    TOASTMASTERS UPB, ROMANIA

    Supporting engineering students to develop their personal skills like leadership and public speaking, by following the prestigious methodology of Toastmasters International.

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  • Jul 2019 Mar 2016

    Advisory Board Member

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Advising the Board regarding long-term strategy. Validating internal regulations and official documents. Improving the organizational structure.

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  • Apr 2019 Apr 2013

    MobilPRO Co-Founder & Project Developer

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Coordinating a team of students and professors to organize the first international mobile applications contest for students in Romania and managing the software dev community & training and activities centre.

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  • Oct 2018 Oct 2012

    CareerTeam Co-Founder & Project Developer

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA/NETHERANDS/MOLDOVA/TURKEY/AZERBAIJAN/MOROCCO

    Coordinating a multidisciplinary project dedicated to complementary students' education and career opportunities. Developing a web platform for professional opportunities.

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  • Mar 2015 Oct 2010

    Head of IT

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Creating and maintaining the organization's web platforms and databases. Growing the technical team.

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  • Sept 2014 Jan 2014

    Building Automation Engineer & Webmaster

    EFdeN, ROMANIA/FRANCE

    Developing and implementing the building management system (BMS) using KNX technology on EFdeN's prototype, the team which represented Romania at Solar Decathlon Europe, Versailles 2014.

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  • Dec 2013 Dec 2009

    Co-Founder

    ALEARGA PENTRU VIATA (by LSE), ROMANIA

    Organizing the first charitable cross in Romania, initiated in partnership with FC Sportul Studentesc.

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  • Jun 2012 Oct 2009

    Sports Department Coordinator

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE)

    Coordinating the department's activities and establishing partners & collaborations (Sports national federations, UEFA etc.).

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  • Mar 2016 Oct 2009

    Board Member

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Developing the organizational culture and multidisciplinary projects in one of the most influential student NGOs in Romania.

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VOLUNTEERING

  • Sep 2019 Oct 2017

    Co-Founder & Investor

    TOASTMASTERS UPB, ROMANIA

    Supporting engineering students to develop their personal skills like leadership and public speaking, by following the prestigious methodology of Toastmasters International.

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  • Jul 2019 Mar 2016

    Advisory Board Member

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Advising the Board regarding long-term strategy. Validating internal regulations and official documents. Improving the organizational structure.

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  • Apr 2019 Apr 2013

    MobilPRO Co-Founder & Project Developer

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Coordinating a team of students and professors to organize the first international mobile applications contest for students in Romania and managing the software dev community & training and activities centre.

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  • Oct 2018 Oct 2012

    CareerTeam Co-Founder & Project Developer

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA/NETHERANDS/MOLDOVA/TURKEY/AZERBAIJAN/MOROCCO

    Coordinating a multidisciplinary project dedicated to complementary students' education and career opportunities. Developing a web platform for professional opportunities.

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  • Mar 2015 Oct 2010

    Head of IT

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Creating and maintaining the organization's web platforms and databases. Growing the technical team.

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  • Sept 2014 Jan 2014

    Building Automation Engineer & Webmaster

    EFdeN, ROMANIA/FRANCE

    Developing and implementing the building management system (BMS) using KNX technology on EFdeN's prototype, the team which represented Romania at Solar Decathlon Europe, Versailles 2014.

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  • Dec 2013 Dec 2009

    Co-Founder

    ALEARGA PENTRU VIATA (by LSE), ROMANIA

    Organizing the first charitable cross in Romania, initiated in partnership with FC Sportul Studentesc.

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  • Jun 2012 Oct 2009

    Sports Department Coordinator

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE)

    Coordinating the department's activities and establishing partners & collaborations (Sports national federations, UEFA etc.).

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  • Mar 2016 Oct 2009

    Board Member

    ELECTRONICS STUDENTS LEAGUE (LSE), ROMANIA

    Developing the organizational culture and multidisciplinary projects in one of the most influential student NGOs in Romania.

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