Hi, I’m Alex, a software engineer and educator.
- Office hours Sundays 4–5 PM ET or by appointment
I was a BA/MS student and
senior teaching assistant in the
department of computer science
at Boston University, from which I graduated in 2016.
From 2012 to 2016, I was in various teaching roles for CS courses at BU,
Harvard Extension School and Harvard Summer School. In 2016, I was the recipient of the
Excellence in Teaching Service award from BU’s department of computer science.
I joined Wayfair in 2016 as a web developer.
In the ’10s I developed some open source tools for generating
static sites from Markdown
a companion PHP application for accepting student submissions and displaying
grades (Apollo), and two iterations
of an automated grading tool, Socrates, first
in Python and
then a GUI application
I also designed the course websites for Dave Sullivan’s courses at BU and Harvard
(e.g., CS 111
which still use Presto today to generate HTML.
My interests include natural and programming languages,
systems programming (operating systems, compilers),
large/legacy software systems, education,
video games, vintage computing, photography, and high-resolution audio.
Harvard Extension School
Harvard Summer School
CAS CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science I
CAS CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science II
Harvard University, teaching fellow (2013–)
Chewy, software engineer (October 2022–)
Italic, senior software engineer
Wayfair, senior full-stack engineer (2016–2021)
senior engineer, server-side platforms team (2020–2021)
- devised Java standards for containerizing backend applications
- embedded with teams to teach Java, Docker, Kubernetes and service-oriented design concepts
senior engineer, Frontend Platforms (2019–2020)
helped maintain Node-powered custom frontend bundler, and later,
roll out its
- helped Storefront teams containerize frontend apps
tech lead, order management software (2016–2019)
- major refactor of PHP order processing code in cancellations and returns
led conversion of automated “wizard” tools to Wayfair’s
wrote from-scratch “wizard” implementations in Tungsten and later,
guest lecturer (2020–2021)
lectured on web applications, security, SQL injection for
Questrom IS 465
senior teaching assistant (2014–2016)
developed automated tools for web dev and grading
helped rework intro CS courses to use Python
over Java and resemble Harvey Mudd College’s successful
CS 5 course
- teaching assistant (2012–2014)
829 Studios, contract software engineer (2011–2012)
Boston University (2011–2016)
Master of Science, computer science, m.c.l.
mesh, a distributed shell that trains & leverages a machine
to automatically speed up computation
- Bachelor of Arts, computer science