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Ansible | ArgoCD | AWS | Kubernetes | Linux | Python | Terraform

Professional Experience

Loop (Senior DevOps Engineer | Oct 2022 - Present)

  • Created & automated Kubernetes (EKS) cluster bootstrap process, resulting in streamlined and efficient cluster creation.
  • Designed & implemented a flexible and highly scalable ArgoCD solution for continuous delivery of Kubernetes resources across multiple clusters, optimizing deployment processes and platform stability.
  • Successfully led and executed the migration of on-premises Teleport infrastructure to Teleport Cloud, enhancing system scalability and reducing maintenance overhead.

eFuse (System Engineer | Mar 2022 - Oct 2022)

  • Created & deployed automation to import Terraform resources for existing Cloudflare configuration which drastically reduced conversion time and resulted in improved efficiency and standardization for DNS Zone configuration.
  • Automated deployment of Doppler Kubernetes Operator reducing the attack surface of apps by centralizing secrets into Kubernetes instead of individual containers.

Immuta (System Engineer II | Aug 2021 - Mar 2022)

  • Reduced security vulnerabilities in our environment by migrating databases from vulnerable PostgreSQL containers running in K8s clusters to AWS RDS instances.
  • Improved DR posture by designing snapshotting backup process for Consul and Vault clusters.

CoverMyMeds (Senior System Engineer | Feb 2016 - Aug 2021)

  • Spearheaded ongoing migration from on-prem platform to the cloud by designing Kubernetes testing environment.
  • Pioneered and championed container-based applications by designing process and automation for the first production Docker application. 95% of ~1000 production application servers are now running containerized apps.
  • Reduced process repetition and reduced risk of human errors by automating common complex tasks with Ansible and AWX.

Nationwide Insurance (Linux System Engineer | June 2013 - Feb 2016)

  • Improved server lifecycle management by redesigning Django web application using Django-Rest-Framework.
  • Standardized automated and manual interactions with lifecycle API by creating and deploying ‘pycycle’ python package across 3000+ servers.

Highlights for Children (Linux System Engineer | May 2012 - June 2013)

  • Facilitated Single Sign-on implementation across Highlights branded sites by evaluating numerous SSO tooling and protocols.
  • Improved server security by creating automation to configure application firewalls on all servers. (Manager of Technical Operations | Feb 2010 - May 2012)

  • Expedited creation of customer Wordpress Network sites by creating tooling to automate site creation via spreadsheet.
  • Reduced customer tickets and improved shared hosting server security by identifying and remedying common Wordpress attack vectors.