Bob Holt

PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER with experience in design, architecture, programming, and management. Takes on high-risk core business and software problems and finds a solution that respects customers, time, budget, and staffing. Committed to the idea that strong teams build strong software.

Professional Experience

Self-Employed

Consulting Principal Engineer

2021–present

  • Empower teams of engineers to build software in a cross-functional, collaborative manner
  • Identify, document, and implement reusable patterns for writing testable and maintainable code
  • Brought trustworthiness to currency trading platform by refactoring all transactions to be idempotent
  • Improved uptime of high-volume investment app by altering core code to use read replica database
  • Proposed and implemented feature flag system to improve safety and velocity of changes to codebase
  • Created onboarding process for engineering new-hires in rapidly growing organization

Go, SQL

Splice

Principal Engineer

2017–2020

  • Led team responsible for rewriting of multi-million-dollar payments processing system
  • Designed and delivered Splice's first external API and served as technical representative to partners
  • Drove high level strategy to model and rebuild Splice's architecture using a Domain-Driven approach
  • Collaborated on reasoning and decisionmaking as a part of Software Architecture Review Committee
  • Updated engineering interview process toward a more objective, rubric-based assessment

Go, SQL

Bocoup, LLC

Senior Engineer

2013–2017

  • Added support for Safari and Edge browsers to the W3C's Web Platform Tests runner
  • Developed visualization-heavy React/D3 application to map and filter millions of database records
  • Devised and prototyped new ways to visualize uncertainty for MIT-related startup
  • Taught hundreds of students everything from HTML to architecting large-scale applications

JavaScript, React, Ampersand.js, Backbone.js, D3, NodeJS, Express, Grunt, Python, Flask, pytest, PHP, WordPress, Vagrant, Docker, Ansible, Terraform, PostgreSQL, Web Workers, LaTeX

Sapient Global Markets (acquired by Publicis in 2015)

Manager

2012–2013

  • Led joint Sapient/client team to modernize architecture and workflow for major financial firm
  • Modernized career paths, skills matrix, and job descriptions for Interactive Development group
  • Coached and provided code reviews to team members in the U.S., U.K., and India

JavaScript, BackboneJS, Grunt

Genuine Interactive

Associate Director

2011–2012

  • Taught weekly basic JavaScript classes to members of the front-end development team
  • Created six-hour drug development simulation for a large multinational pharmaceutical firm
  • Oversaw development of first-of-its-kind online collection catalogue for Museum of Fine Arts

JavaScript, jQuery, BackboneJS, Adobe AIR, Grunt, PHP, Drupal, WordPress

Isobar

Developer

2010–2011

  • Quickly cultivated working knowledge of new languages as needs arose
  • Refactored online fitness dashboard consisting of over 100k lines of JavaScript code
  • Joined .NET and JavaScript products to legacy client systems via RESTful Web Services

JavaScript, jQuery, C#, ASP.NET, PHP, MySQL

Boston University

Web Producer

2009–2010

  • Devised information architecture and initial design of BU's first online-only course catalog
  • Developed custom themes and plugins for WordPress MU
  • Presented site design proposals and WordPress training to professors, deans, and provosts

JavaScript, PHP, WordPress

Oasis Technology Partners (acquired by Rightpoint in 2016)

Web Application Developer

2008–2009

  • Wrote Windows Services to routinely compress, encrypt, and send database dumps to client
  • Administered high-traffic server and customer database for specialty apparel retail chain
  • Introduced jQuery to the development stack, replacing MooTools and PrototypeJS

JavaScript, jQuery, C#, ASP.NET, Classic ASP, SQL Server

Education

Bachelor of Science, Economics

Minor, International Affairs

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Presentations

Publications