Alex Bartlow

Lead Software Engineer
Skills
Ruby & Rails
Expert
Since Ruby 1.8.6 and Rails 1.2.2
AWS
Expert
VPC, S3, EC2, ELB, Route53, CloudFormation, CloudFront, RDS, CloudWatch, IAM, SSM
DevOps / Docker / Chef
Expert
Multiple HA infrastructure builds
ReactJS / NodeJS
Very strong
I prefer MobX, but have used Redux extensively
PostgreSQL DB Admin
Very strong
Ask me about CTEs and BRIN indexes!
Technical Leadership
Very strong
I enjoy coaching and mentoring developers to create maintainable software
Management
Very strong
Good 1-1s are a company's lifeblood
C#
Enthusiastic Learner
I'd really like to explore .NET core 3!

Summary

A seasoned leader and developer with a proven record of delivering value through contributions to front-end, back-end, and infrastructure-as-code

Experience

Engineering Lead
Aha! Labs
April 2015 - Present
  • Migrated all production services to AWS within four months of joining the team
  • Refactored single-instance to multi-pod architecture to ensure unlimited scalability
  • Led the Platform team by conducting code reviews, employee performance reviews, and weekly 1-1s
  • Wrote speed-critical network services (99% RT < 700µs)
  • Actively participated in hiring engineering team
  • Developed rich front-end components using ReactJS
Senior Software Engineer
CapLinked
January 2012 - April 2015
  • Migrated infrastructure to AWS using custom auto-scaling AMIs to provide burst compute capacity
  • Wrote core application functionality, document management, and document conversion pipelines
  • Continuously monitored and optimized for performance
  • Provided technical oversight for the team
Application Developer
JP Morgan Chase
March 2011 - December 2011
  • Developed features to help drive audit compliance for the entire retail line of business
  • Optimized nightly ETL process (6 hour job reduced to 12 minutes)
  • Upgraded to modern Rails and Ruby versions
Software Developer
InsuranceAgents.com
August 2009 - March 2011
  • Rebuilt user portal in Ruby on Rails and modern JS
  • Designed and built an add-on product to open up new revenue stream
  • Trialed genetic algorithm to optimize bidding for profitability

Education

Bachelors - Computer Information Sciences
The Ohio State University
2011
  • Intern with the OSU Network Security Team
  • Member of the Reusable Software Research Group
  • Teacher's Assistant for software engineering courses