Elliott Foster


Education

The University of Texas at Dallas
B.S., Computer Science - May 2007

Experience

  • Episource

    Gardena, CA (Remote)
    Director of Engineering August 2022 - present

    Accomplishments

    • Implemented engineering Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) based on DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) metrics, driving a culture of continuous improvement and accountability within the engineering department
    • Spearheaded the implementation of DAST testing as part of CI/CD pipelines, significantly enhancing the security posture of the company's software products while minimizing release cycle times
    • Championed the adoption of feature flagging techniques utilizing LaunchDarkly, enabling seamless feature rollouts, A/B testing, and targeted feature releases, resulting in improved product iteration cycles
    • Partnered with other engineering leaders to complete HITRUST certification for the organization
    • Grew first level managers in effective leadership skills and team growth strategies

    Responsibilities

    • Cross-functional leader for multiple engineering teams
    • Manager of teams through Team Leads and Engineering Managers
    • Driver of departmental process changes
    • Product backlog development and delivery on key milestones
  • Software Engineering Manager August 2021 - August 2022

    Accomplishments

    • Grew individual contributors to be better engineers
    • Delivered key feature enhancements for the Episource Analyst product

    Responsibilities

    • Work with product to prioritize development efforts
    • Manage and mentor direct reports
    • Work with peer managers to improve department and company-wide processes
  • Lead Software Engineer March 2020 - August 2021

    Accomplishments

    • Led the development and deployment of the Episource Analyst for Medicaid product

    Responsibilities

    • Manager and team lead for both Medicare and Medicaid epiAnalyst teams
    • Leading adoption of GraphQL for Episource APIs
  • Four Kitchens

    Austin, TX
    Architect December 2010 - March 2020

    Accomplishments

    • Team lead to internal developers, responsible for weekly 1 on 1's, unblocking teammates, and aiding in goal setting and professional development.
    • Technical lead for the NBC project, overseeing architectural, technological, and best practices decisions.
    • Presented about the NBC team's use of Amazon Neptune at AWS re:Invent 2019
    • Progressively migrated NBC's primary data store from a document store to a graph database.
    • Scaled NBC's API traffic from a few thousand requests per day to tens of millions of requests per day.
    • Architected backend for frontend (BFF) micro APIs for encapsulating complicated business logic server side and allowing for lighter front ends.
    • Designed and built node.js powered data pipeline to ingest content from multiple CMSs and surface data through a REST API that powers all NBC applications as well as NBC.com.
    • Implemented the node.js based REST API that powers the Saturday Night Live iOS app and website.
    • Architected and built REST API for the Emmy Award winning The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and NBC.com websites.
    • Developed and administered Integrating Node.js and Drupal training for DrupalCon Portland 2013.
    • Built Drupal Poetry, a responsive magnetic poetry web app.
    • Redeployed the search system for The Economist using hosted Apache Solr.

    Responsibilities

    • Managing and mentoring a team of engineers on professional growth and performance.
    • Design, build, and maintain custom systems for clients.
    • Diagnose and fix performance problems on large scale distributed systems.
    • Train clients in using and building high performance distributed systems.
  • New Media Broadcasting Company/ Direct2Care

    Glendale, CA
    Head of Web Development July 2005 - December 2010

    Accomplishments

    • Deployed Varnish reverse proxy and static file cache for MashCast Drupal system.
    • Deployed Apache Solr faceted search for MashCast Drupal system.
    • Deployed memcached and MySQL master-slave servers for scalability of the MashCast Drupal system.
    • Wrote data synchronization code to keep information from a multi-site network and a desktop client server in sync
    • Wrote code to manage, re-format, and display uploaded files such as images, videos, and audio
    • Created a profile based search module
    • Wrote a horoscopes module that populates its current astrological sign information via RSS feeds
    • Worked with “themers” (HTML/CSS experts) to ensure the output from Drupal modules was easy to handle at the theme layer

    Responsibilities

    • Write Drupal modules using PHP with MySQL
    • Manage the release process from automated daily builds to release candidate to production release
    • Create monitoring suites using Nagios
    • Implement automated workflows for release process using C++ and Java programs and shell scripts

Relevant Skills

  • Expert at designing, building, and deploying node.js applications in production.
  • Proficient in JavaScript, PHP, Python, Java, and C++ programming languages
  • Practical experience with relational (MySQL), document based (MongoDB, DynamoDB), and graph (AWS Neptune) databases.
  • Extremely experienced in UNIX environments and shell scripting.
  • Good working knowledge of and experience with the Jenkins and TravisCI continuous integration systems.