Summary

With experience in both technical and nontechnical roles - and an international perspective - I aim to empower development teams and digital artists build, ship, and scale faster - and more reliably - through automation, effective systems design, and cloud technologies.

Employment
HBK Engineering
Chicago, Illinois
DevOps Engineer
Sep 2015 to Current

I am responsible for a wide array of development, operations, security, monitoring, cloud architecture and product management activities for a development team working on cloud-based GIS tools within one of the largest utility engineering firms in the country. In this role, I built our entire AWS cloud from the ground-up utilizing Terraform; refactored our monolithic Node.js/Backbone codebase from a single on-premises server into one composing of dozens of scalable, resilient mostly Node.js-based microservices running on Lambda and a Docker cluster powered by EC2 with an S3/Lambda@Edge hosted SPA frontend; and implemented a CI/CD workflow for our services using CircleCI; massively increasing site reliability and developer productivity.  Other technologies I deployed, built with, scaled, or managed include: AWS API Gateway, AWS CloudFormation, AWS CloudFront, AWS EC2, AWS IAM, AWS RDS, CircleCI, Jenkins, Redis, ElasticSearch/Kibana, MongoDB, Go, Node.js, Rancher, Webpack, Lerna, Serverless Framework, & much more.

StudentRND
Seattle, Washington (Remote)
Partnerships Director
Aug 2013 to Aug 2015

I built a technology-driven partnerships team for a leading technology education nonprofit startup -- including personally building custom tools in JavaScript to more efficiently recruit sponsors and pursue strategic alliances and grants while leading a team using these tools to further StudentRND's mission of reforming extracurricular high-school-level technology education across the country. This experience ignited my passion for helping teams working on hard problems scale their impact through pragmatic technical automation.

DomiKnow
Des Moines, Iowa
Web Development Intern
Summer 2012

I helped build websites for local businesses using HTML, PHP, JavaScript, and an in-house PHP-based CMS; leading to increased sales for clients.

Little Springs Design
Lawrence, Kansas
UX Intern
Summer 2009

I worked on improving mobile user experiences for clients by organizing and rewriting important requirements and specification documentation and participating in design, brainstorming, and feedback processes; leading to much improved mobile user experiences.

Notable Projects
OpenTransit
2015 to Current

I am in the process of developing an open framework for scraping, normalizing, processing and analyzing real-time transit data using inexpensive serverless components on AWS and Google Cloud Platform from transit agencies all around the world.

OpenReturn
2014
I led a team to develop a business pitch for a travel application that won Startup Weekend Hong Kong.
Volunteering
QC Co-Lab · Founding Member
2010 to 2011
Davenport, Iowa

I was one of the first few members of the QC Co-lab, a Davenport, Iowa "hackerspace." I helped make decisions and see how decisions are made in a grassroots, community-led nonprofit organization. I also helped maintain, clean, organize and build the physical space.

Greater Des Moines Music Coalition · Campus Representative
2010
Des Moines, Iowa

I helped promote 80/35, one of the largest non-profit music festivals in the country, and assisted the organization in various other marketing efforts.

Education
Iowa State University; DePaul University
Philosophy + Global Asian Studies 2012-2016
I studied philosophy to learn how to deconstruct systems, understand dense technical literature, and succiently communicate complex ideas.
Hong Kong Baptist University
Study Abroad 2014
I studied communication and economics in Hong Kong to develop an understanding of the potential for technical systems to improve lives worldwide.
Semester at Sea
Study Abroad 2014
After studying in Hong Kong, I studied business and social entrepreneurship in Portugal, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Poland and the United Kingdom to further enhance my global outlook on technological innovation.
Certifications
AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Associate)
2017
I obtained my AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification so I could ensure I was giving our team the very best advice during our transition from a monolithic on-premises architecture to a distributed microservices architecture on AWS.
Skills Snapshot
AWS
EC2
Systems Manager
RDS
S3
Lambda
IAM
API Gateway
Elasticache
VPC
Route 53
X-Ray
CloudWatch
SNS
CloudFront
CloudFormation
Cloudfront@Edge
ElastiCache
EFS
ECS
Technical
Terraform
Docker
CircleCI
OpenShift
Ansible
Jenkins
CircleCI
MongoDB
Redis
Backbone.js
NPM
Go
Kibana/ES
Node.js
Serverless
Git
Nontechnical
Sales Pipelines
Agile Development
Technical Writing
Lean Methodology
Project Management
Entrepreneurship
Product Development
Marketing
Nonprofits
Community Development