SUMMARY:
A former Physicist turned software developer. I now specialize in designing and implementing custom web applications, typically for businesses and technical enterprises with complex requirements.
EXPERIENCE:
2004 - presentFreelance Developer
Most recently, during the past 12 months, I developed data transformation and analysis tools at Oak Ridge National Lab in collaboration with CMS ( Medicare/Medicaid ). The raw data was stored on Hadoop with subprojects utilizing Pig, Hive, MongoDB and Neo4J.
  • I developed a wide variety of web based applications, mainly LAMP/LAMR based, for many different clients.
  • For a detailed list of all my past projects, see: http://balest.com/resume
1999-2003 Sr. Software Developer for Akamai Technologies
I was fortunate to join Akamai Technologies, in 1997, prior to their IPO. As part of the original 100 employees, I was deeply involved in the development and deployment of parts of their core software infrastructure.
  • Created fault-tolerant distributed component systems comprising core enterprise infrastructure. The system ran on a global network of over 12,000 servers. C++ and XML were the primary languages used.
  • Mentored and led developers in modern design patterns, implementation, debugging, documentation, and testing practices.
  • Developed various configuration management, simulation, and testing tools utilizing a variety of technologies.
1998-1999Sr. Software Engineer for Quoin Consultants
  • Implemented CORBA based systems for clients in the Bioinformatics industry. The project involved design and implementation in Java and C++. The project required detailed knowledge of CORBA core and CORBA-Service specifications.
1997-1998Sr. Research Scientist for Sterling Software
  • Developed distributed multi-user collaboration system with pure Java implementation over Java RMI, used by intelligence analysts.
  • Ported a secure e-mail bridge to TrustedSolaris operating system. This was part of adistributed intelligence analysis platform. As technical lead, I received the highest level of commendation based on timely delivery and successful certification testing of this system by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
EDUCATION:
Ph.D.Physics 1997 University of Colorado at Boulder
Research conducted at Wilson Synchrotron Laboratory, Cornell University
M.S.Physics 1992 University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S.Physics 1990 Penn State
KEYWORDS:
Languages: Ruby, PHP, Python, C++, Obj-C, Java, XML
Frameworks:Rails, Drupal, Dojo, Prototype, JQuery, J2EE, CORBA, LDAP
Dev Tools: Apache, Make, Perforce, Ant, Git, SVN, CVS
Databases: MySql, Postgres, Berkeley DB, DB2, Oracle, Hadoop, MongoDB, Neo4J
Systems: Redhat, Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS