Nathan J. Meier

Longmont, CO | [email protected] | 720-216-7633

Summary

Lots of professional experience with popular python data science and web libraries, relational database design, task automation, data pipeline orchestration, big data on Spark, and everything Amazon Web Services. University background in geospatial data processing, analysis, and visualization.

Life-long learner with a growth mindset, positive attitude, and passion for the outdoors.

Experience

TendrilBoulder, CO

Senior Data Engineer February 2019 - Present

Still working on the data platform. These days I'm focusing on scaling and internal user support.

Data Engineer August 2017 - February 2019

I'm a part of the Decision Science team, where I contribute by moving data around for behavioral and data scientists, engineers, and product folks. To that end, I architected and built a new data platform that is being used company-wide. Currently I'm spreading awareness, developing new features with feedback from various teams, and maintaining/babysitting it. The work I do mainly involves using Python, Docker, Spark, Hadoop, Airflow, AWS Redshift (plus many other AWS services), Mesos, Jenkins, and more.

Churchill NavigationBoulder, CO

Software Engineer October 2015 - August 2017

Developed new features for a multi-tenant web app used for archiving and searching through video files that contained GPS data. Users could upload geospatial videos (embedded GPS data in video KLV) and view them with geographic context (video and map, side-by-side; showed camera location, FOV, etc). Supported geospatial video reporting, allowing users to define geographic regions and produce reports pertaining to the video taken in those regions (time in area, area covered, etc), plus insight and statistics. Saved customers hundreds of hours of digging through videos stored on hard media by returning geographic video matches in seconds. The main technologies used were JavaScript, Python (Flask), PostgreSQL, PostGIS, nginx, Ansible, and a smattering of AWS services.

United States Air ForceVarious

Cryptologic Language Analyst (1N3X1), Korean June 2006 - June 2012

I worked in various roles as a Korean Language Analyst, which involved 63 weeks of intensive Korean language courses at the Defense Language Institute, and being stationed abroad at Osan AB in South Korea and state-side at Fort Meade, MD. My work experience in the Air Force isn't totally relevant to my career as a software engineer, but it is something that I did, and it's a part of my life.

Manager, Command Language Program August 2010 - June 2012

Managed squadron-level training program (130+ personnel); developed education policy leading to 20% increase in unit language proficiency scores as measured by DLPT V.

Supervisor, Conventional Systems July 2009 - August 2010

Led 12-person international team tasked with safety of intelligence aircraft by conducting target radio frequency searches.

Senior Voice Operator, Conventional Systems August 2008 - July 2009

Operated radios to find, identify, transcribe, and translate time-sensitive target military communications.

Education

Hack Reactor San Francisco, CA, USA
Software Engineering Immersive Summer 2015

Penn State University State College, PA, USA
B.S. Geoscience, Geophysics minor Spring 2015

Community College of the Air Force Fort Meade, MD, USA
A.A.S. Intelligence Studies and Technology Spring 2012

Yonsei University Korean Language Institute Seoul, ROK
Certificate of Completion, Regular Program Spring 2010

Defense Language Institute Monterey, CA, USA
A.A. Korean Winter 2008

Personal Stuff

I grew up in Western PA, where I delivered newspapers as a kid and played bass in band called Garage Sale. I spent six years in the Air Force working as a Korean translator, used the G.I. bill to study rocks and math at Penn State, applied myself to get into working in software, then moved to Colorado for the mountains.

I like to spend a lot of time outdoors (hiking, biking, camping, and SCUBA). I brew beer, play soccer, noodle on acoustic guitar, speak Korean fluently, and run a popular board game Meetup in Longmont, CO. I have too many computers, bicycles, snowboards, guitars, dictionaries, and board games.