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I work across the full stack but go deep on the "middle-end" - the data layer for the frontend (Relay) and the parts of the backend that serve it (GraphQL, Prisma) - so that we're able to move very quickly.
Highlight: the incredible team, and the opportunity to mentor and teach.
Tech: TypeScript, NodeJS, Prisma, MySQL, GraphQL (Pothos), Relay, React
Skybox Imaging (acquired by Google and renamed Terra Bella) launched SkySat-1 and SkySat-2, which downlinked imagery into a processing pipeline for extracting structured data.
I built high-performance dashboards for exploring and manipulating the imagery and data, to better visualize changes in our planet over time.
Highlight: pushing the limits of in-browser mapping libraries, working with some incredible folks, scratching my aerospace itch
Tech: Polymer, Angular, Leaflet, Go, Bazel
Space10 was IKEA's external innovation lab.
I built prototypes using ARKit to explore using LiDAR and vision-based depth sensors to map a space, and "remix" it with digital elements and 3D models. These "room editor" prototypes were a foundational first step to understand the promises and limitations of working in AR.
Highlight: the Copenhagen-based team was really stellar, and it's just downright fun to build things with ARKit
Tech: Swift, ARKit, iOS
The League (acquired by Match Group in July 2022) is a dating app focused on quality over quantity, via small batches and a robust vetting process.
I focused on solving tough performance problems as the app exploded in popularity, building backend features to support mobile clients, and seamlessly carrying out a major rewrite of the core matching algorithms from ElasticSearch to Postgres.
Highlight: the extreme efficiency of the (small) engineering team, measured against userbase and revenue
Tech: TypeScript, NodeJS, Postgres, Redis, AWS
Shift translates skills earned in the armed services to the private sector.
I helped build the core product flows that veterans uses to transition skills, and also mentored the engineering team on TypeScript, GraphQL, and Relay.
Highlight: I really enjoyed mentoring, and explored different ways (classes, 1:1 training) to upskill the team.
Tech: TypeScript, React, Relay, GraphQL
Synapse (acquired by Palantir in January 2020) deployed AI at security screening checkpoints in airports around the world, to aid screeners in detecting weapons and other items.
I designed and built the interface that screeners used to review what items were detected, control the parameters of the AI models, and roll up across time spans or item types.
Highlight: another small engineering team punching far above their weight class, and an early opportunity to work with AI
Tech: TypeScript, React, MobX
One Mighty Roar (now Robin) was a web design and engineering studio in Boston, MA.
I arrived a scruffy aerospace engineering grad with just a few software side projects, and a few years later struck out for the west coast with a ton more experience under my belt.
Highlight: the rapid carousel of client projects, the ability to constantly try out new technologies, and their willingness to have my job follow whatever my interests were.
Tech: all the web dev 10's hits, with some hardware/arduino/pi mixed in