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.
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
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
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.
Web Development Mentor (July 2017 – Present)
Part-time online mentor/instructor for web development bootcamp students.
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.
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
Awards and honors
- SHIFT Conference – Technology Award, TOTAGO recognized for innovative, impactful and replicable contributions to conservation through outdoor recreation
- Ordal Award, best undergraduate research paper University of Washington Department of Microbiology (2013)
- Mary Gates Research Scholar (2012)
- Google Summer of Code Scholar for continuation of project at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) (2011)
- Levinson Scholar (2010)
- Google Summer of Code Scholar for project at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) (2010)
- Mary Gates Research Scholar (2010)
- University of Washington Dean’s List (2008, 2009, 2010)
- Biomedical Computation at Stanford (BCATS) refereed travel award (2009)
- Research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) (2009)
- $20,000 University of Washington Honors Achievement Award (2008)
- $1,865 in prototype funding from the UW College of Engineering for the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (2008)
- Arizona Governor’s Future Innovator of the Year Award (2008)
- Tucson High Magnet School Academic Achievement Scholarship (2008)
- Tucson High Magnet School Science Student of the Year (2008)
- 2nd place at Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) (2008)
- Finalist presenter at the Arizona Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (2008)
- Sunrise Movement (June 2017 – Present)
- IT Wizard volunteer
- Help build, maintain, and increase engagement on sunrisemovement.org
- University of Washington Pipeline Project (April 2010–June 2010 and March 2011 – December 2012)
- 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
- Laurenzi A, Brownstein M, Turner AM, Kirchhoff K (2013) Integrated Post-Editing and Translation Management for Lay User Communities. Proceedings of AMTA 2013 Workshop on Post-Editing Technology and Practice, in press.
- Laurenzi A, Samudrala R, Hung LH (2013) Structure Prediction of Partial Length Protein Sequences. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 14(7) pp. 14892-14907.
- Laurenzi A, Brownstein M, Turner AM, Kientz JA, Kirchhoff K (2013) A Web-Based Collaborative Translation Management System for Public Health Workers. Proceedings of CHI ’13, pp. 511-516.
- Horst JA, Laurenzi A, Bernard B, Samudrala R (2012) Computational multitarget drug discovery. Polypharmacology, pp. 263-301.
- Buttrick B, Laurenzi AA, Horst JA, Samudrala R (2010) Functional site prediction with Meta-Functional Signatures and homologous ligand-bound structures. CASP9 Abstract Book, pp. 224-225.
- Kutrzeba LM, Zjawiony JK, Koo HJ, McDowell E, Laurenzi A, Gang DR, Dayan FE (2009) Biosynthesis of Salvinorin A: Overexpression and Biochemical Characterization of Carboxy Methyltransferase from EST of Salvia divinorum Glands [conference abstract]. Planta Medica 7(4): pp. 431.
- Liberating Government Data with FME Cloud [oral presentation]. FME World Tour, Seattle, WA. April 2015.
- A Web-Based Collaborative Translation Management System for Public Health Workers [poster presentation]. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paris, France. April 27 – May 2, 2013.
- Automatic detection and correction of errors in statistical machine translation output for translation of public health materials from English to Spanish [poster presentation]. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. May 18, 2012.
- Improving EST annotation with protein structure prediction software [poster presentation]. PDB40 Symposium, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. October 28-30, 2011.
- Application of protein structure prediction software for EST data [oral presentation]. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. May 19, 2011.
- Understanding life at the atomic level. Paws-on-Science Huskies Weekend at the Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA. April 9, 2011. exhibit.
- Computational prediction of partial structures of proteins encoded by ESTs [poster presentation]. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. May 20, 2010.
- Understanding life at the atomic level. Paws-on-Science Huskies Weekend at the Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA. April 10, 2010. exhibit.
- Computational prediction of drug side effects by identifying human antitargets [poster presentation]. Biomedical Computation at Stanford (BCATS), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. November 7, 2009. invited.
- A computational approach for selecting protein targets in Plasmodium falciparum to pursue in antimalarial drug development [poster presentation]. Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. May 15, 2009.
- Identification of the diterpene synthase in Salvia divinorum used to synthesize salvinorin A [oral presentation]. Arizona Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium (AZJSHS). Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ. April 2008.
Email: adrian.laurenzi [at] gmail.com
Secondary Email: adrian.laurenzi [at] socrata.com
Cell phone: (520) 971-3241