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Andrew Dai

Technical and organizational problem solver, cloud and database knower


Andrew Helps You for a Reasonable Fee

Consultant Remote January 2023 - present


Senior Software Engineer San Francisco, California and Remote August 2022 - January 2023
  • Mentored team of four junior engineers, including coaching on incident response and retrospective best practices

  • Took over project to integrate code review tooling with Slack


Software Engineer San Francisco, California and Remote June 2021 - July 2022
  • Led implementation and aided design of core next-gen control plane infrastructure and services (device configuration, RPC mechanism, message bus integration, access point management)

  • Helped automate legacy provisioning to dramatically improve deployment capabilities (>2x more reliable, >10x faster)

  • Entirely rebuilt continuous integration system (>2x faster, same cost, more self-serve)

  • Socialized best practice team, process, and project-organizing techniques by leading a book club and discussion group

  • In-house PostgreSQL expert and de facto Terraform/AWS owner


Software Engineer, Data Platform San Francisco, California and Remote January 2018 - May 2021
  • Spearheaded adoption of Golang and worked on modernizing legacy codebase via service and API-first approach

  • Owned a petabyte-scale PostgreSQL cluster — improved reliability by >10x, query performance by >2x, saved millions $/year, and led backend development of new analysis features, including Path Analysis

  • Established systems and processes for understanding and controlling AWS spend

  • Wore many other hats including blog post author, open source contributor, and DEI advocate. I also onboarded my entire team, and interviewed ~90% of new grads in 2019 and most engineering management


Intern San Francisco, California and Remote Summer 2017, October 2017 - January 2018
  • Updated tools and utilities for host maintenance, application monitoring, and deployment configuration management

  • Created a health monitoring service used in critical infrastructure, reducing network load


Director, formerly Tech Team Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia December 2015 - November 2017
  • Led a team of students who raised over $250,000 in sponsorship funding and organized events for over 1,000 students

  • Started a “learnathon” to address disparities in local K12 CS education — 300+ high school students attended

  • Shifted outreach focus to under-represented minorities in STEM and created beginner-friendly environments

  • Doubled the size of the organization and increased the scope to better serve undergraduates at Georgia Tech

Applied Predictive Technologies

Intern Washington, D.C. Summer 2016
  • Migrated core SQL Server schema to increase extensibility while maintaining backwards compatibility

  • Created a new homepage for the core product to enable more complex analysis and increase feature adoption

InterSystems Corporation

Intern Cambridge, Massachusetts and Remote Summer 2015, Sept 2015 - Mar 2016
  • Designed and developed a full stack web application for bug and feature tracking using Angular.js and Caché ObjectScript


Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia August 2014 - May 2018

Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with Highest Honors and a minor in Sociology