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Andrew Dai

Coding and problem solving, often in databases and distributed systems


Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, Georgia August 2014 - May 2018

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

  • Involvement: Project Rise Up 4 CS (Developer) with Professor Barbara Ericson, Girls Who Code (Facilitator), HackGT (Director)

  • Awards: Faculty Honors (2 semesters), Dean’s List (6 semesters)

Work Experience


Software Engineer San Francisco, California June 2018 - present
  • Improving performance for ad-hoc querying and database reliability in our petabyte-scale PostgreSQL cluster

  • Worked remote and part-time while finishing my last semester at Georgia Tech in Spring 2018

Square, Inc.

Platform Engineering Intern San Francisco, California and Remote May 2017 - August 2017, October 2017 - January 2018
  • Updated tools and utilities for host maintainence, application monitoring, and deployment configuration management

  • Researched, designed, and implemented a application health monitoring service used in critical infrastructure, reducing network load

  • Continued to work remote part-time during the school year


Director, formerly Tech Team Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia December 2015 - November 2017
  • Grew the size and scope of the organization with partnerships and increased programming for undergrads at Georgia Tech

  • Institutionalize standard procedures and recordkeeping for a fast-moving and growing organization

  • Started HackGT’s first high school event (Catalyst) to address disparities in access to STEM and CS education in Atlanta

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

Applied Predictive Technologies

Software Engineering Intern Washington, D.C. May 2016 - August 2016
  • Created migration scripts in SQL Server for a new data model that maintained backwards compatibility and increased extensiblity

  • Developed a new homepage for the core product to enable easier multi-entity analysis and increase feature adoption

  • Prototyped and implemented MasterCard account segmentation with R, C#, and SQL by clustering on spending behaviors

  • Authored multiple blog posts to share new developments in core infrastructure and new analytical findings

Information Interfaces Lab (IIL), GVU Center

Research Assistant Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia August 2014 - May 2016
  • Explored multi-user, multi-device data visualization techniques with web technologies (WebSockets, d3.js) and mobile devices

  • Wrote a multitouch Dust and Magnet simulation with Java/Processing for a Microsoft PixelSense touchscreen

InterSystems Corporation

Intern Cambridge, Massachusetts and Remote May 2015 - March 2016
  • Designed and developed a single page application and REST API for bug and feature tracking using Angular.js and Caché ObjectScript

  • Shipped a fully featured product to hundreds of employees in an aggressive 8 week timeline

  • Continued to work remote part-time during the school year

Concord Consortium

Intern Concord, Massachusetts June 2014 - August 2014
  • Led the initial development of a web-based drawing tool now used by thousands of teachers across hundreds of schools in the US

  • Tested and described issues in web, iOS and Android versions of SmartGraphs (interactive math/graphing activity)

Projects and Publications

Career Explorer

Data visualization for qualitative and quantitative Bureau of Labor Statistics data about occupations April 2018

Hands-On, Large Display Visual Data Exploration

Poster at IEEE Vis2015 - Information Interfaces Lab Presented October 2015

Autonomous, GPS Guided Toy Car

October 2013 - June 2014
  • Modified a toy remote control car to autonomously drive between GPS waypoints

  • Developed for embedded Linux on a BeagleBone Black microcomputer and Robot Operating System (ROS) with Python