Gabriel Elkind

2617 Arboretum Dr. · Madison, WI 53713 · (608) 334-0169 · gwelkind@gmail.com

I wrote my first line of python nine years ago, and since then I’ve programmed almost every day. Usually for most of the day, even weekends, through breakfast, lunch, and dinner, on planes, in lectures and in the corner of parties. I’m that guy. I have dreams about code. When I exercise, I listen to podcasts about code. I’ll program whatever I find interesting or whatever’s in my way. I love to spill out duct-taped scripts under the sweat of a deadline just as much as lovingly sculpted libraries who declare their self-evident intention and beg to be extended and improved.

I program best when I’m solving problems. Real problems. Give me a problem that can positively impact people’s lives and I’ll push my way through any amount of monotony, awkwardness or stress to make it work.

I’m my best self when engaged with a close-knit team who shares my passion. I care deeply about the people I’m working with beyond their raw output; I am a loyal and compassionate colleague who will joke with you constantly, think through your problems with you, take initiative, and have your back through whatever comes our way.


Professional Experience

Senior Software Engineer

Genesys - Madison, WI

Architected impactful revisions to a complex, data-driven administrative interface written in Ember. Developed reusable components in AngularJS, Angular, Ember and StencilJS used across a large corporation. Designed test and CI infrastructure (Ember, Angular, Protractor, Jenkins) and trained test engineers to use it effectively. Optimized a dev server to speed up application recompilation by a factor of three. Helped to architect a complete rewrite of a complex administrative interface into Angular. Maintained and expanded legacy code written in KnockoutJS. Contributed to a churn-analysis program written in python leveraging markov chains.

September 2017 - Current

Broward County Field Organizer

Florida Democratic Party
Gillum for Governor 2018 Campaign

Used digital skills to hack my way to FO excellence. Used sweat, charm, and automation to ensure my volunteers and I earned the top knock AND call numbers of any team in Broward county. Solo-developed and deployed a site to automate the collection and submission of affidavits within a 16 hour window during the famous 2018 Florida recount emergency. Built a python script to rectify corrupted gdoc data during an emergency which threatened to nullify ~1000 person-hours of turf cutting work across the state team. Built county maps to visualize overlayed demographic information. Scraped voter data in order to subvert the limitations of the campaign Hustle configuration and create a more efficient text banking pipeline.

September 2018 - November 2018

Software Engineering Intern

OnShape Inc. - Cambridge, MA

I worked on an elite team to develop “FeatureScript,” an ECMA-like scripting language designed to enable users and 3rd party developers to easily extend OnShape’s platform and UI with custom geometric features. I made many reusable UI widgets, extended a collaborative code app to include collaborative cursors and exposed parasolid functionality to FeatureScript developers by extending the language. In addition, I developed static analysis tools used in our CI workflow, fixed 67 bugs and extended reusable components in our test framework. My work here consisted of full stack development in JavaScript, TypeScript, CSS, Java, and C++, and included higher-level architectural decision-making.

May 2017 - August 2017

Teaching Assistant

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Taught two sections of “Geometrical Applications for Engineers,” a course which teaches engineering undergraduates the mathematics and code behind CAD systems in order to give them a resilient foundation in a world of constantly evolving CAE. The course covers transformation matrices, curves, basic FEA, geotol, and model parameterization within CADjs and Siemen’s NX. My duties include lecturing, code demonstrations, leading lab sections, designing and grading assignments, and working individually with students during office hours.

September 2016 - May 2017

Engineering Intern

Open Source Ecology - Mayesville, MO

Together with a team of engineers and programmers I led and participated in the design, programming and prototyping of several Open Source hardware projects. These include a CNC oxy-acetylene torch table, a compressed-earth-brick press, a modular, hydraulic power unit, a laser-cutter and an open-source tractor. I also managed volunteers, facilitated workshops, published software tutorials and performed installation of several farm features including laying the foundation for an open source, up-to-code ‘micro-house.’

May 2015 - August 2015

Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison

MS Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.8

2015-2017
Relevant Coursework:
  • Dynamics
  • Mechanics of Materials (ME 306)
  • Thermodynamics (ME 361)
  • Introduction to Engineering Graphics (ME 231)
  • Computer Graphics (COMP 559)
  • Circuit Analysis
  • Robotics (ME 439)
  • Computer Networks (CS 640)
  • Geometric Modelling-Engineering Applications (ME 331)
  • Dynamic Systems (ME 340)
  • Computational Geometry (ME 558)
  • Design of Mechanical Elements and Systems (ME 748)
  • Project Management (ME 601)
  • Computer Aided Geometric Design (ME 535)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (ME 573)
  • Machine Learning (CS 760)
  • Computer Vision (CS 766)

Wesleyan University

BS Computer Science/Film Studies + Writing Certificate

GPA: 87.71

September 2010 - December 2014
Relevant Coursework:
  • Computer Science I
  • History of Film through the 1960s
  • Special Topics in Creative writing
  • General Physics
  • Drawing I
  • Data Structures
  • Computer Structure and Operation
  • Introduction to Economic Theory
  • Network Security and Cryptography
  • Film Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Materials and Design (Music theory)
  • Algorithms and Complexity
  • Principles of Databases
  • Intermediate Fiction Workshop
  • Software Engineering
  • Linear Algebra
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Screenwriting
  • Design of Programming Languages
  • Intro to Environmental Science
  • Special Topics: Short-shorts (Writing)
  • The Cinema of Horror
  • Intro Chemistry I
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Automata Theory & Formal Languages
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Electricity and Magnetism lab
  • Waves and Oscillations

Skills

Programming Languages & Frameworks
Domains
  • Cross Browser Testing & Debugging
  • Frontend MVC Architecture
  • Machine Learning and Data Science
  • CAD (NURBS, declarative, parametric)
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Networks
  • Distributed Systems
  • Computer Vision
  • DSL Design
  • Robotics
  • Web Scraping
  • UX Research, Planning and Design Tools
  • Mobile-First, Responsive Design
  • Agile Development & Scrum
  • Project Management (Gantt chart planning/SAMOSA meetings/Risk assessment)

Projects

Kiness

Alongside a collaborator, I planned, developed and tested a prototype for an educational web-platform for engineers. The platform offered a flexible portal for creating custom problem types and giving dynamic feedback to students on complex math problems. Project was awarded the UW NEST Wisconsin IDEA prize for humanitarian entrepreneurial software projects.

Unifire

Planned and built proof of concept implementation of an open source platform for volunteer dispatch and management for canvassers and phonebankers in grassroots campaigns

Perfect Practice

Built a cross-platform mobile tool for managing recurrent, progressive practice sessions and workouts


Extra Experience

Bodgery Makerspace

Participated in many collaborative projects and activities within a communal makerspace. Constructed a camper by myself from a bare utility van. Project included CAD-based planning, budgeting, component research, extensive woodworking (framing, structural, finishing and furniture construction), insulation, welding, auto repair and modification, complex solar/electric system design, and water system/plumbing design.

NESIT hackerspace

Member in good standing to a communal workshop for engineers, programmers and tinkerers of all walks. Participated in many communal projects including fabrication and soldering, micro-controller programming, etc. Led the construction of a RepRap Mendel Prusa 3D printer.

Nols Wilderness Medicine institute

Passed the NREMT exam to earn a nationally recognized certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Earned a Wilderness First Responder upgrade. Navigated a rigorous curriculum, trained to perform prehospital medical care for trauma and illness with a focus on long term care and improvised tools.

CS Journal Club

Read through, discussed and presented technical journals regarding a variety of CS topics.