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I'm a coder, a rower, a generalist, an outdoorsman, and the self-proclaimed mayor of Cookietown.

About Me

Knowing how things work has always fascinated me, so it is no surprise that I was hooked from the first time I touched a computer, playing Spectre with my father and older brother on ancient Macintoshes.

I was first introduced to computer science in high school by taking AP Computer Science. Somehow, I managed to convince the teacher to allow me to enroll without the prerequisite (and learn an entire year's worth of material in a weekend with my older brother). After six months of Java, I knew I liked computer science enough to select computer science as my major when applying to RIT. Since coming to RIT, I have never once regretted my choice or wondered if I'm in the wrong place.

I studied at RIT, in a five-year B.S. program with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Political Science. This allowed me to spend a total of five quarters in co-ops and internships gaining experience in a real-world environment. After each one, I knew much more specifically what I wanted to continue studying and where I wanted to work when I graduated.

Now, I live in San Francisco, enjoying a delightful lack of seasons. You might spot me riding my bike far too quickly down Market Street.

Employment

September 2013-Present

Expensify Logo

Again?! Yep, I went back! I even managed to come back in time for Expensify's annual offshore, to Croatia this time! I spend most of my time working on our API and core backend services.

June-September 2013

ZeroCater Logo

Zerocater provided a unique opportunity to combine learning about a service industry with my passion for software. Working on an extremely nimble a team of two engineers with a great designer, I was responsible for every bit of the tech stack, working in extremely varied roles, doing things like AngularJS development, an initd to systemd migration, and database tuning and optimization. Most importantly, I helped build powerful tools that allowed our talented account managers to quickly and easily plan delicious meals for our clients!

May-November 2012

Expensify Logo

I finally made it out to San Francisco, working with Expensify, helping make expense reporting better for everyone. More specifically, I built much of Expensify's Trips framework and managed a team of what grew from one to seven contractors, adding more data extraction capabilities to extend and replace Worldmate's travel confirmation email parsing service. I also stabilized and enhanced Expensify's back-end job processing system. One of the biggest highlights was getting to travel to Thailand with the whole team for all of October on the team's annual offshore!

June-October 2011

Northrop Grumman Logo

For the summer and fall of 2011, I held a co-op with Northrop Grumman. I worked on ePower, a document and workflow management suite written in C# and ASP.net.

May-August 2010

Tesla Government Logo

During the summer of 2010, I interned as a Software Analyst for Tesla Government, a defense-contracting startup, with a team producing a government web application, which introduced me to several very interesting web frameworks and technologies including Groovy and Grails.

Contact Me

Feel free to send me an email, anything sent to this domain should find me. I once had a Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter, but if you want to find me now, you'll have to email me.