About

I love software engineering and data analysis, and I do it well. I have talent in Java, Kotlin, C#, PHP, and Perl, not to mention front-end Javascript frameworks such as React, Angular and KnockoutJS. I have extensive experience in database programming for a few different flavors of SQL. (I’m best at PostgreSQL, MySQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.)

I have a wealth of experience using MVC frameworks, including Spring, ASP.NET and Play. I routinely manage massive data pipelines that shuttle gigabytes worth of data concerning financial instruments collectively worth billions of dollars for stakeholders both within my organization and without. I’ve worked in application development environments with individualized deployments operating on dedicated servers, and in virtual, cloud-based, containerized deployments based both on Docker (I’ve used primarily dev-compose and kubernetes) and Microsoft Service Fabric / Azure.

I specialize in building applications that help solve real-world problems. Weirdly enough, I also am an MBA, so I speak the languages of both the business executive and software engineer.  I am also pretty good at consulting those who need a plan to capitalize on the data they gather as a course of business and helping them chart a course toward the future.

Accomplishments

Where I've been and what I've done

My career has been full of opportunities, but it has been unconventional.

I am a software engineer. I have worked on green-field applications, building everything fresh from the ground up, but I also have inherited inherited massive existing projects with large amounts of technical debt. I have worked in multiple, varied industries, namely government services, financial technologies, insurance technologies, public safety, customer relationship management, and more. In all cases, I strive to use my talents to make life better and easier for those around me.

I wasn’t always this way. Towards the beginning of my career, I worked in digital media, focused on visual display, web layouts, and production of news content. In that former life, I managed a publication that won the 2013 EPPY award for best sports website in America. I’ve was an editor, a writer, a producer, a reporter, a photographer, a videographer, a designer, and a brand manager.

I’m also a decorated scholar. I have an MBA and two Bachelor’s degrees.

Here is a listing of several products I’ve built and places I’ve worked. Take a click to learn more about each.

Axon

Software Engineer II

Remote position based in Utah

I support Axon’s Virtual Reality Training Simulation software. In this role, I contribute heavily and drive the direction of the cloud environment as part of a small team of three. Axon’s VR cloud infrastructure includes multiple APIs development in C# and dotnet, asynchronous message buses, OTLP and NoSQL data storage systems.

Axon’s VR stack is deployed into an Azure-based cloud infrastructure managed by terraform and terragrunt Infrastructure as Code tools. I contribute to the development and management of this cloud infrastructure in my role.

Supporting the VR training application also involves development of Unity library packages that can be seamlessly integrated into Axon’s Unity app development SDLC. I lead development and distribution of Unity library packages relating to Axon’s VR cloud APIs, which simplifies and streamlines the process of integrating the actual devices with Axon’s cloud infrastructure.

I work with these technologies at Axon:

  • C#
  • .NET Core
  • Azure Function Apps
  • Azure Cosmos DB
  • Azure Data Storage Engine
  • Microsoft Transactional SQL
  • Azure Messaging Buses
  • Terraform
  • Terragrunt
  • GitHub Actions

Pathpoint

Sr. Software Engineer

Remote position, based in Utah

Member of the platform development team, responsible for optimizing application performance, development of engineering platform tools, maintenance and organization of cloud infrastructure, and integration of tooling to improved observability into application performance.


Technologies used:

  • Golang
  • NodeJS / Typescript
  • GraphQL
  • AWS CDK + CloudFormation
  • AWS Services:
    • SQS
    • RDS
    • CodePipeline
    • Others

SoFi

Senior Software Engineer

Helena, MT & Salt Lake City, UT

July 2018 – Apr 2022


  • Member and Senior Developer on the loan servicing group, a team that builds tools that actively manage a multi-billion dollar personal loan portfolio, which is among SoFi’s best-reviewed and best-performing products.
  • Areas of focus:
    • Loan amortization and loan repayment schedule generation
    • Principal, interest, and fee calculation and allocation
    • Payment processing
    • Credit reporting
    • Forbearance and loan modification programs for customers facing hardship
    • Automated consumption and distribution of inordinate amounts of credit reporting data
    • Customer relations and communications tools, including SMS, Email, and telephony
    • Third-party integrations
  • Full-stack web development using these tools:
    • Spring Framework for DI & IoC
    • Spring Boot for containerized deployments in Kubernetes
    • Spring Batch for automated file processing
    • Spring Data JPA and Hibernate for data layer integration
    • Spring Kafka for inter-application decoupled communication
  • Languages / Libraries
    • Java
    • Kotlin
    • React
    • AngularJS
    • Bootstrap 3/4

NIC Montana

Web Applications Developer

June 2016 – June 2018


Development of web applications in cooperation with numerous agencies and departments of the State of Montana.

Among the applications to which I have contributed are:

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Lee Enterprises

Helena, Montana

Digital Project Specialist

   


  • Development of business and marketing plan for overhaul of digital classifieds product
  • Design management of HelenaIR.com and MTStandard.com
  • Technical consultant to the newsroom | Live-streaming and blogging
  • Contests and promotions | Designer-in-chief | Increased promotional engagement by 2000+ percent
  • Email marketing | Grew email distribution base by 1000+ percent
  • Analytics guru | Deep insight into daily traffic numbers to drive content strategy
  • Social media management | Consistent growth in social audience and reach
  • Strategic vertical strategy development
  • Writer | Here’s one piece of mine that went viral in our local market

Deseret Digital Media

Salt Lake City, Utah

DeseretNews.com Sports Web Producer | Oct. 2012 – Nov. 2013

Family Initiative Producer | Feb. 2012 – Oct. 2012

The point man for Deseret News Sports Digital Properties

Deseret Digital Media owns these brands


  • Winner: 2013 EPPY Award for Best Sports Website in America
  • Managed Deseret News Sports digital staff and contribution network of 20+ writers
  • Managed and grew external contributor network by 600 percent
  • Interfaced with editors, executives and jouralists to execute our plans.
  • CMS guru to coworkers and teammates
  • Ad Hoc WordPress development
  • Content marketing to key influencers outside the organization.

Blog

How I set up my own private, home-based VPN

May 10, 2024

Bleichenbacher ’06 RSA Signature Forgery: What they assume you know

December 17, 2021

RSA for those who aren’t number theorists

October 29, 2021

Secure Remote Password Demystified

September 16, 2021

Timing leaks and multi-threading

August 24, 2021

SHA1 and MD4 Length Extension Attacks Explained

July 13, 2021

Breaking Counter Mode Encryption

June 4, 2021

Cloning a Mersenne Twister Random Number Generator from its output

May 26, 2021

I’m doing cryptopals

May 21, 2021

Spring Batch Testing: Asserting file equality after running a single step

January 20, 2021

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