- 13 years experience as a software engineer
- ~7 years as a tech lead
- ~2 years as an eng manager
- ~1 year as a CS teacher
- Technical skills
- Respectable: NextJS, React, Firebase, C/C++ (I forgot a lot though)
- Competent: AWS, GCP, Swift & MacOS development, VR & three.js, Java
my professional history
Browser Co, 2021 - present, Engineer
I’m an engineer at a startup called the Browser Company. I’ve been at Browser for almost 2 years, hired in as one of the most senior engineers on the team with 13+ years experience. I’ve worn a lot of hats since I started: I’ve been involved with leadership, eng processes, recruiting and onboarding, I own and maintain our web stack and infrastructure, I own and maintain our release process, and I've also several shipped features in our Swift frontend and Chromium API.
Glitch, 2019 - 2021, VP of Engineering
Prior to Browser, I was VP of Engineering at a startup called Glitch, with a total of 15-20 people reporting to me. I had 2 eng manager-led teams under me, Product Eng and Platform/Infra, as well as product, design, and support. I was VPE for about a year, and prior to that I was Head of Platform.
Google, 2010 - 2016; 2017 - 2019, Senior Software Engineer
Before Glitch, I was Senior Eng at Google for a total of 8 years, 6 years as a tech lead across 4 major products, including Chrome, Maps, and VR.
Recurse Center, Summer 2017, Student
Had an absolutely wonderful summer at the Recurse Center in Summer 2017.
Stanford, 2016 - 2017, Lecturer
Another passion of mine is teaching: I taught for a year at Stanford, created a web programming class for them, and I occasionally still volunteer teach.
University of Washington, 2006-2010, Student and Intro TA
I went to UW and I have a BS and MS in Computer Science. I was a teaching assistant for intro to computer science for each quarter I attended UW, give or take a quarter or two.
me as an engineer
- I value clean and readable code. I believe the code bases that are easiest (and most fun!) to build upon, debug, and maintain are ones that are well-organized and well-understood. It is worth the investment to make your code base as easy to understand as possible, by as many people as possible.
- I strive to build simple solutions for the problems that exist today. My vote is ~almost always, “do the simplest thing possible“ and then continuously refactor as new challenges arise.
- I err on the side of shipping quickly and iterating. In principle, I do not think this is at odds with maintaining clean APIs and sensible architecture. In situations where these are at odds, that’s the sign of a problem somewhere else.
- I thrive in a collaborative culture where knowledge-sharing is a priority and teamwork is valued over individual “heroes.”
- I work best in environments where the value of DEI is deeply understood by leadership and prioritized throughout the organization.
awards & things
- Evangelos Kokkevis and Victoria Kirst. "Displaying video on a browser" 2014, U.S. Patent No. 8,913,068.
Talks and Publications
- Panelist at Grace Hopper 2017: Tech and Education: Building a Career Around Your Passions
- Co-authored A "CS 1.5" introduction to web programming, along with Marty Stepp and Jessica Miller. Proceedings of the 40th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2009.
- Co-authored Web Programming Step by Step, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-1-105-57878-6), along with Marty Stepp and Jessica Miller. 2009/2012.
Awards and Scholarships
- 7 Google Spot Bonuses
- Tour Creator public launch, May 2018
- Google Maps Questions and Answers launch, July 2016
- Grace Hopper Conference interviewer, November 2015
- Computer Science Summer Institute lead instructor, September 2015
- Google Maps Subjective Aspects launch, August 2015
- WebRTC Hangouts launch, September 2014
- ChromeOS ARM hardware acceleration, January 2012
- 17 Google Peer Bonuses, 2011-2016; 2017-2018
- Bob Bandes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, Winner, 2007-2008
- Bob Bandes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, Honorable Mention, 2008-2009
- 2006 Washington Scholars Grant, full tuition / 2006-2010
- UW Undergraduate Scholarship, 2006-2008
- Glerum Family Scholarship, 2006-2007
Activities and Service
- Volunteer Section Leader for Stanford Code In Place 2021
- Curriculum Advisor (2017 - 2018) for All Star Code
- Lead instructor for CSSI 2015
- Hosted 2 Google interns in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
- Conducted 80+ total interviews at Google.
- Webkit and Chromium committer.