Carnegie Mellon University
Masters Computer Science 2011
University of Texas at Arlington
B.S. Software Engineering & Physics 2009
Professional Experience
Amazon.com, Inc.Software Engineer II
Sep 2011 - Current

  • Enabled the launch of 30 new product categories in multiple countries into Amazon's catalog by collaborating with the business teams to develop appropriate product validation logic and implementing matching criteria
  • Designed and implemented a tool used daily by hundreds of seller support agents to correct mismatched seller product listings in the catalog. Drove down related merchant contacts by 43% and reduced the time to resolve such issues into a few mouse clicks
  • Built tools for auditors to measure quality of catalog impacting decisions made by the item authority's product matching algorithms, leading to insights and policy changes that reduced duplicate creation for non‐Novelty items by an estimated 58% in the US
  • Developed the Herd distributed workflow platform and drove changes to enable multitenancy and safe client isolation allowing us to triple the number of clients on the platform within the timescale of months without sacrificing availability

Java, AWS, CloudSearch, DynamoDB, S3, REST, API Design, Scrum, Continuous Deployment, Large Scale Distirbuted Systems

Car HeroCo-founder, Full Stack Web Developer
May 2014 - Dec 2014

  • Car Hero is a car maintenance service that comes to you. Featured in TechCrunch
  • Designed and developed systems for payments and scheduling. Collaborated on front end development of landing page

JavaScript, Node.js, Heroku, MongoDB, Twitter Bootstrap, Stripe, SendGrid, Twilio

Carnegie Mellon UniversityResearch Assistant
Jan 2010 - Aug 2011

  • Assessed the impact of various methods of instruction on ESL students through a web based intelligent tutoring system called REAP
  • Conducted research in the fields of natural language processing, information retrieval, social media analysis and machine learning
  • Resulted in 8 publications in venues such as SIGIR, Interspeech SLATE, ACL‐HLT, AIED, SIGML MLSLP, FLAIRS

Java, Python, PHP, MySQL, Weka, NLTK, Mechanical Turk, Hadoop, User Centered Design, NLP, Machine Learning

Space and Naval Warfare Systems CommandNaval Research Enterprise Intern
May 2009 - Aug 2009

  • Developed text classifiers using naive bayes, rocchio, k‐nearest neighbor, and support vector machine algorithms for use on military chat posts. Results published in ICMLA

Python, NumPy, NLTK, NLP, Machine Learning, Information Retrieval

University of Texas at ArlingtonResearch & Teaching Assistant
Oct 2007 - May 2009
Personal Projects
Spark Core RC

Simple open source Spark Core enabled RC car that can be controlled via the web

Spark, HTML, JQuery, REST, Internet of things - https://github.com/kevd1337/SparkCoreRC


Next UP!

Smartwatch app developed at YC Hacks 2014 that leverages real time data and geolocation to give you information about transit around you

JavaScript, Node.js, Pebble SDK, Wearable - http://www.showhacks.com/p/eJUihHUUMx

TwitPulse

Web app created at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 Hackathon that summarizes conversations and tracks the evolution of sentiment over time around topics like sports or politics

Java, Node.js, Highcharts, Mallet, Twitter, NLP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkCtSET5LW8

DiscoveryJar

Social platform which makes discovering and learning new recipes a breeze. Official Selection for SXSW Accelerator 2013

Python, Java, Android, Django, YouTube - http://www.getchefapp.com/

CTRL+FREAK

Prototype developed during the Music Hackday Boston 2011 which allows viewers to control a music video stream by voting via SMS. Featured in Wired

Python, Django, MySQL, EchoNest, Twilio - http://www.ctrlfreak.tv/