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Entrepreneur / software engineer / educator

I am an entrepreneur passionate about using technology to help solve important social and environmental problems. I have a rare ability to bridge the technical and non-technical worlds. I’ve founded multiple software companies (TOTAGO, e-commerce business, and a web development consultancy) and lead data integration engineering at Socrata enabling customers including the City of Chicago and the CDC publish high-value open data. I am a published author of research publications spanning computational biology, human-centered design, and natural language processing. I am fluent in Spanish and have lived abroad in South America and in the UK.


Education | Software projects | Employment | Awards and honors | Leadership Activities | Publications | Presentations | Contact

Education

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington (September 2008–June 2013)

  • B.S. Computer Science and B.S. Biology
  • Honors Program
  • 3.75 GPA

Fluent in oral and written Spanish


Software projects

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  • Open web application
  • Web, iOS, and Android apps make it easy to discover and plan outdoor adventures using public transit or other car-free transportation
  • Ruby on Rails, Backbone.js, AWS(S3, RDS/Postgres/Postgis), Heroku
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  • GitHub Project
  • Invented and developed initial release of this Java application to enable automatic data publishing of open data
    from back office data systems to the Socrata cloud data platform.
  • Used by hundreds of Socrata customers including New York City, Chicago, UNDP, CDC, and HealthCare.gov.
PHAST: Public Health Automated System for Translation

Public Health Automatic System for Translation (PHAST)

  • GitHub Project
  • A web-based prototype application to enable public health workers to use machine translation for creating multilingual health materials
  • Designed and developed using Kohana PHP Framework, MySQL, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, HTML/CSS

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Employment

TOTAGO (Turn Off The App – Go Outside)

Principal and lead engineer (July 2015 – Present)
I co-founded TOTAGO and I am the lead engineer and project manager for our remote team. We are focused on developing a web and mobile app to enable seamless planning of outdoor adventures with public transit and other car-free means of transportation. We have on-going partnerships with the U.S. Forest Service and The Wilderness Society working to alleviate transportation issues facing public lands and increase access for underrepresented groups.


Thinkful

Web Development Mentor (July 2017 – Present)
Part-time online mentor/instructor for web development bootcamp students.


Socrata, Inc.

Lead Data Integration Engineer (April 2013 – Sep 2015)

  • Worked closely with customers and colleagues across the company to solve diverse technical challenges
  • Developed web apps and large-scale data publishing / Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) tools
  • Conducted and designed technical trainings for customers in-person and via webinar

University of Washington Electrical Engineering Department

Researcher (November 2011 – June 2013)

  • Work on TransPHorm project under Dr. Katrin Kirchoff
  • Created novel methods for detecting and correcting errors in statistical machine translation output.

University of Washington Microbiology Department

Researcher (November 2008 – November 2012)

  • Worked under Dr. Ram Samudrala and my research involves protein structure/function prediction and computational drug discovery.
  • Pioneered computational methods using Perl, Python, Bash, and bioinformatics software packages for comparing protein functional sites and predicting protein folding behavior
  • Group website: compbio.washington.edu

Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)

Google Summer of Code Intern (May 2010 – August 2010 and May 2011 – August 2011)

  • Developed an open source software application for collecting and analyzing Internet social media data that can be used to understand the impacts of public outreach activities.
  • Used: PHP, MySQL, HTML/CSS, Javascript, Kohana PHP Framework, Git

Freelance web developer

Self employed (November 2008 – June 2010)

  • Built and enhanced the frontend and backend of websites for over 20 projects with CodyL.com and other clients
  • Used: PHP, MySQL, HTML/CSS, Javascript, Mootools & JQuery frameworks, Kohana PHP framework, WordPress, Joomla

Awards and honors

Leadership Activities

  • Sunrise Movement (June 2017 – Present)
  • University of Washington Pipeline Project (April 2010–June 2010 and March 2011 – December 2012)
    • Developed curriculum and taught JavaScript programming to students at Roosevelt High School
    • Volunteer Biology tutor at Garfield High School
  • Bryant Elementary School (April 2009–June 2009)
    • Volunteer mentor for student science projects
  • WashPIRG at University of Washington (September 2008–January 2010)
    • Textbook Affordability Team
    • New Voter Registration Project
  • University of Washington Dream Project (September 2008–November 2009)
    • Mentored students at Foster High School
    • Dream Project Grants Writing Team
  • Guatemala Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project (November 2007–Present)
    • Volunteer web designer/developer
  • Asylum Program of Arizona (September 2006–September 2008)
    • Volunteer web designer and computer technician

Publications

Presentations

Contact Information

Email: adrian.laurenzi [at] gmail.com

Secondary Email: adrian.laurenzi [at] socrata.com

Cell phone: (520) 971-3241