NYSE: INST. Instructure makes software that makes people smarter.April 2016 - Present
First engineering hire. Integrated an externally maintained software product platform into an in house development project. Developed the first product roadmap and hiring guidelines for engineering staff. Recruited, vetted and hired first engineering hires. Worked with and dismissed contracting teams. Conducted staff 1-1's, led and planned scrum team meetings. Completed feature and bug work in Ruby on Rails. Worked with external API’s and SDK’s to complete features. Helped negotiate product partnerships and set reasonable expectations for both parties.March 2015 – January 2016
Headed product-engineering department, led development team in creating applications for police departments and first responders. Actively performed development on a Ruby on Rails platform application with a front end in AngularJS supporting two police departments and a security group for one product and the MEAN stack built on top of Ionic for another. Launched both products on time and under budget. Assisted in sales and marketing, performed cold calls and followed up on sales leads. Accelerated negotiations for seed series funding that led to closing the round.June 2014 - January 2015
Built an enterprise data warehousing system with a team of developers and manual QA engineers. Created a platform in ASP.NET MVC 4 used to manage SQL Server jobs and browse and manage the metadata database. Expanded functionality of an existing application to map database systems and flat files to a metadata database. All projects shipped on time and under budget to each of our 10 client healthcare systems.May 2013 - June 2014
Assisted with Professor Feifei Li's CS5530 – Database Systems course which was an undergraduate-level introduction to database systems and applications using databases. Held office hours where I mentored students in many database and software engineering related topics. Graded papers, made and produced keys in LaTeX, and met with students for additional assistance outside office hours. Topics included SQL, relational, ISAM, and NoSQL databases, data modeling, and more.January 2013 - May 2013
Developed software in PHP for the materials handling industry, primarily assisted in converting legacy code from the in house language to PHP and developing data reporting screens in PHP while interacting with a CTree database.May 2012 - January 2013
The elegance and magic of Rails made web development fun.
Working on OSS, ML, AI and data mining projects on the side.
ES6. TypeScript. React. Redux. AngularJS. KnockoutJS. NodeJS. Ionic. Experience with it all.
I first met Ben during our final year at the University of Utah, working together on our senior capstone project.During the course of the year, Ben proved himself to be a dependable developer and teammate. He is a hard worker with excellent problem solving abilities and an inquisitive engineering mind, which is vital for any project. Our senior project was successful owing in large part to the great leadership and technical expertise Ben provided. Most importantly Ben is always an easygoing person. He is keenly devoted to his work, while also being enjoyable to be around. A rare talent that I believe makes him a perfect fit for any team.
I worked with Ben both academically and professionally. Together we worked on an NLP project at the University of Utah around co-reference resolution - essentially a way to detect when nouns in current sentences actually reference nouns in preceding sentences (Mary walks to the store. She loves doing that. She referencing Mary through agreement etc). Ben's contribution to this project were enormous, a lot of the scoring algorithm ideas were his as well as the coding. Our accuracy was in the top four in the class out of sixteen or seventeen teams. I also worked with Ben at Health Catalyst. He became a competent C# developer in very little time and adjusted to our code base well. I recommend Ben as an intelligent, effective developer who is great to work with.
A few years ago, a friend and I had an idea for a website business. We contacted a department at the University of Utah to solicit our need for a website developer. We met with a few different people and ended up choosing Ben, Tucker [McKnight] and Carlos [Brenneisen]. These three stood out to us the most because of their past work and apparent passion for website development and design. We also knew that they would be reliable and dependable. We met on a weekly basis to discuss our ideas for the website. Each time we met, Ben, Tucker [McKnight] and Carlos [Brenneisen] had made significant progress, and the development was always in line with our vision. We were very impressed with the final product. These three were great to work with, and we wouldn't hesitate to work with them again on future endeavors.