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Nat Welch

Software Reconnaissance Engineer

nat@natwelch.com +1 707 799 8675

I am a senior software developer based in Brooklyn. I have been writing software for the web professionally since 2005. I have two passions in software. The first is building beautiful tools for people to share knowledge, advice and experience. The second is creating reliable infrastructure that is easy to use and maintain.

Outside of the tech-world I am an Eagle Scout. I enjoy contributing to open source projects, writing, reading, listening to music and wandering through cities and countrysides.

Experience

Author & Speaker

Open Source Developer

I currently am a contributor to the open source project fog and also a bunch of other small projects.

First Look Media

Lead Site Reliability Engineer March 2017 to Present. Migrated three services from Colos to AWS. Maintained Terraform config and AWS for company. Improved deploy reliability, wrote new features for most services and refactored entire ECS infrastructure. Mentored engineers around infrastructure, reliability and architecture design. Automated capacity planning, started a postmortem culture, and improved performance and reliability of our CMS platform.

Hillary for America

Staff Site Reliability Engineer January 2016 through December 2016. Promoted reliability in both our web serving infrastructure and data analytics pipelines. Survived constant attacks with only 15 minutes of downtime the entire campaign.

littleBits Electronics

Technical Lead August 2015 to January 2016.

Google

Site Reliability Engineer April 2012 to March 2015.

Software Engineer August 2011 to April 2012. I worked on Punchd, Google Offers and Google Local.

Punchd

Software Developer January 2011 to September 2012. Maintained backend app. Migrated to AWS.

iFixit.com

Software Developer April 2009 to April 2011. Built Answers, improved wiki and image processors.

Pseudoweb Contracting

Software Developer 2005 to 2009. I was a software developer contractor dealing mainly in web design and Linux systems management. Had various internships at larger organizations during this time as well.

BSA Camp Oljato

Nature Director Summer 2006.

Camp Counselor Summer 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Education

Computer Science, B.S. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Fall 2006 - Spring 2011.

Recurser Recurse Center, New York. Spring 2015