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Santa Clara, CA
February 26, 2020

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Varsha Ashwin

SQA Engineer




Detail-oriented Solutions-focused QA tester with 12+ years of experience, aiming to leverage my skills to successfully fill the SQA Engineer role at your company

Excel in creating test plans and writing/running test scripts to pinpoint software defects, track bugs, open/close defects and validate functionality. Knowledge in testing various systems: Client Server, Web Services, Software + Hardware Systems and Databases

Experience in many industries/verticals: FDA regulated companies, Insurance, Mobile, Retail, Building Automation, Web Services and Database Systems


SQA Engineer

Elbit Systems of America (KMC Systems), Merrimack, NH / Feb 2017 – Jul 2019

KMC Systems, Inc. is a medical engineering and contract manufacturing company

Verified and validated medical device used for in vitro diagnostics (IVD) within an ISO 13485:2016, 21 CFR 820 environment

Designed test procedures based on 400+ software requirements using IBM-DOORS. Wrote error handling tests for 80+ requirements

Executed manual and automated procedures and scripts to validate and verify the GUI and the medical instrument. Conducted new feature and functional testing while in development and across multiple formal releases. Used PostgreSQL to conduct backend testing

Investigated, documented and verified defects using Mantis defect tracking system. Helped in lowering the total bug count by 35% approximately

Collaborated with the customer to understand and write Installation/Upgrade instructions for their integrated software

Worked closely with project team members (on site and off site) throughout the entire software development life cycle

SQA Engineer

Schneider Electric, North Andover, MA / Sep 2010 – Nov 2016

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management, across multiple market segments

Tested the Building Automation and Control applications (StruxureWare and Continuum/Continuum Interface) across multiple releases and phases including functional testing, system Integration, sustain, interoperability, Database upgrade, Import/Export and final regression across releases

Developed and maintained test scripts for various projects using HP-Quality Center and SoapUI

Worked on various projects Tested, analyzed and entered/verified the defects in an interactive Agile environment. Hansoft was used to track and manage tasks. Set up Report Sever using MS SQL Enterprise Manager

Identified, analyzed, and communicated issues with the products/components under test. Used Wireshark for troubleshooting network traffic

Worked in collaboration with developers (onsite, remote and international teams)

Used industry standards BACNet, LONWorks, and Modbus to control and monitor devices

Mentored new team members across multiple application and testing related skills

Configured and used VM (VMWare) for various operating systems

QA Analyst

T J X Systems Company, Westborough, MA / Jul 2010 – Sep 2010

The TJX Companies, Inc. is the world's leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions; I worked as a QA Analyst for TJX POS (Point of Sales) Store Systems

Reviewed and analyzed the requirement documents that incorporate business rules for the application under test

Performed Black box, data validation and backend testing to verify data authentication and authorization of credit/ debit transactions on Microsoft SQL Server

Developed test plans for the new functionality

Identified and tracked defects using the bug tracking tool – MKS

Software Validation Engineer

Perceptive Informatics, Billerica, MA / Oct 2006 – Feb 2010

Perceptive Informatics, a subsidiary of Parexel International Corporation, develops software for Clinical Trial Monitoring and regulatory submission services for companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies

Contributed towards and developed test strategies, Validation/Test Plan, Test Scripts, Test Summary, Traceability Metrics as per FDA guidelines and 21 CFR Part 11 compliance

Assisted in developing overall project validation strategy and approach for various releases

Co-authored and executed test scripts, IQ, OQ, IG following SOPs

Recorded and tracked detailed results in Bugzero. Prepared defect metrics reports for reviews. Maintained test scenarios and test data for projects under test

Collaborated closely with project team members (on site and off site) throughout the entire software development life cycle.

Worked on functional validation of Web interface and equivalent interactive Voice response system (IVRS); Medical Imaging Application (image formats, Screen resolutions etc.); Validation of Reports (multiple formats) and data validation using MS SQL Server

QA Analyst

Ulocate communications, Framingham, MA / Feb 2006 – Oct 2006

Ulocate was a location-based media startup [10 person team] developing a location based social networking site, was acquired by Paypal in 2011

Collaborated with the developers and product management to understand the goals and features

Developed SQA process: Created a formal release cycle, release notes, set up SQA environment for testing. Administration of Bugzilla

Created test cases/scripts for manual and automated testing

Functional testing of new features: manually and using automating tools like Quick Test Pro (Mercury) and Badboy, an open source tool

Website Testing (content validation, testing of Java applets, testing with multiple web browsers); Evaluated and extensively used freeware regression/load testing tool – Badboy. Mobile testing: Involved in testing (Mapquest find me) using an Sprint Wireless Toolkit 3.0 emulator and cell phones

SQA Engineer

OneShield Inc, Woburn, MA / May 2000 – Oct 2001

OneShield was a startup that developed a product called OneShield Dragon. It is a comprehensive web-based solution [front end, a software engine and a large database] for insurance carriers and brokers for all major property and casualty insurance products

Wrote test plans, test cases/scripts and requirement traceability documents

Developed and executed test cases / test scripts using black box and white box testing. Tracked defects in PVCS tracker

Validated the data in the Oracle database and individually verified different aspects of the database e.g. schema, metadata, SQL procedures. Used ERWIN as a reference to write SQL scripts for data testing

Responsible for verifying the business variables data

Associate Software Engineer

Insurance Technology Services, Beverly, MA / Mar 1999 – Apr 2000

Wrote & maintained Stored Procedures(30), Functions and triggers in Oracle and SQL Server using dynamic cursors, and loops

Manually converted procedures from MS SQL Server to Oracle


Nashua QA Institute, Nashua, NH: QA automation training

Oracle Corporation: PL-SQL Programming, SQL Statement Tuning

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA: Certificate in Client Server Application development

Norwalk Technical College, CT: Relational Database (Oracle) & PL–SQL

Kakatia University, India: Bachelor’s in arts

Mumbai University, India: Hotel Management


References available upon request

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