I believe that a well-aligned, high-trust team with a clear vision can accomplish amazing things. I help build that environment wherever I work. I love to teach, to learn, and to work with teams to build tools and frameworks that reflect their technical values.
Engineer @ Seaplane, Inc from Jun 2022 to Apr 2023
I approached each task with a laser focus on automation in the aim of maximizing return on effort, while validating the results of my work with peers.
Principal Engineer @ Eaze Solutions, LLC from Apr 2018 to May 2022
I endeavoured to ensure that, beyond being a technical improvement, the system would be adopted by engineering successfully: I validated the new deployment systems across teams, making sure to incorporate their feedback so that they could see their values reflected in the tool. Further, I made sure all engineers felt ownership over the tool by working with them to make changes to it. See "Deploying at Eaze" for more.
Finally, I worked to give the team porting our monolithic C# application tools to validate their changes. This involved coordinating a 30 person team in the construction of a series of high level integration tests across multiple areas of software engineering (mobile eng, website engineering, & backend engineering.) I gave a well-received presentation on the results to Honeycomb.
Staff Engineer @ npm, Inc. from Jul 2015 to Apr 2018
Worked primarily as a high level individual contributor, responsible for development on the ACL system, publish flow, static asset serving (package.json and tarball), billing system, and React-based website. Coordinated team efforts as a project manager and acted as an engineering manager as needed.
I successfully shipped major migrations of the billing system, the content delivery network (To Cloudflare Edge Workers from Fastly VCL), the ACL system, the website, and the package publication flow. I assisted in infrastructure work, provisioning servers using Terraform and AWS and building deploy tooling in Node and Ansible. I participated in on-call rotation using Pagerduty and was relied upon to fix operational problems when both on- and off-call and was the primary responsible individual for multiple high-profile on-call incidents.
Node.js Technical Steering Committee @ Walmart Labs from Jun 2014 to Jun 2015
Coordinated early efforts to add promises to core, added history support to the Node REPL, and helped define the initial charter system for working groups. Continued on in my role on the TSC until mid-2017.
Senior Engineer @ Airship from Mar 2012 to May 2014
Web Developer @ Mediaphormedia from 2010 to Feb 2012
Web Developer @ Domain51 from 2009 to 2010
Junior Developer @ Absorbent, Inc. from 2008 to 2009
Technical Skills & Education
East Asian Languages and Cultures (B.A.) — University of Kansas 2009
- Site Reliability Engineering
- OpenTelemetry & observability
- OLTP databases
- KV Databases
- AWS Dynamo
- Change Data Capture
- Cloud infrastructure
- Illustration & graphic design
- Refactoring large legacy applications
- Functions as a service
- Cloudflare workers
- AWS Lambda
- Python - Django
Available upon request.