Kyle Piefer


Previous positions

  • Senior Software Engineer at Qualcomm
  • Software Engineer at Qualcomm


University of Wisconsin-Madison, , Computer Engineering and Computer Science




  • Software Development Engineer II


    February 2019 – Present(8 months)Greater San Diego Area

    I work on the Prime Now Third-Party Catalog Team. Within this larger team, I am a member of the Automated Catalog Excellence (ACE) Team. We invent ways to analyze the quality of third-party catalog data, including item titles, attributes, and images, and to improve this data automatically. Having a more accurate and detailed catalog improves the experience of our customers.

  • Senior Software Engineer


    November 2018 – January 2019(2 months)Greater San Diego Area

    I work on the Linux Android graphics kernel team.

  • Software Engineer


    August 2016 – November 2018(2 years 3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    I work with the Linux Android graphics kernel team on power management.

  • Software Engineer

    SocialCompany Inc.

    February 2016 – July 2016(5 months)Madison, Wisconsin Area

    I worked on website redesign for Milios Subs.

  • Software Engineering Intern


    May 2015 – August 2015(3 months)San Diego, CA

    I worked with the Linux Display Team on automated testing software.

  • Lead Developer

    Social Company

    September 2014 – January 2015(4 months)Madison, WI

    I designed software implementations and delegated tasks for the development of client feature requests for several web development projects.

  • Web Developer Intern

    Social Company

    June 2014 – September 2014(3 months)Madison, WI

    I developed four web applications using C# and JavaScript and designed website layouts using CSS. I also improved company websites by reducing page load times and optimizing web applications for performance and usability. Finally, I created a desktop application that displays Social Company notifications to users when they are not in a browser.

  • Web Developer

    Internet Scout Research Group

    May 2013 – September 2014(1 year 4 months)Madison, WI

    I developed code in PHP and JavaScript for Scout websites, including,, and I enhanced the Collection Workflow Integration System (CWIS) by fixing bugs and adding new features. In addition, I created and maintained plugins for CWIS that added functionality such as Twitter integration, RSS, and email notifications. Finally, I ensured software quality by overseeing package installation and upgrade testing for six stable releases.

  • Computer Programmer

    Wisconsin Human Computer Interaction Laboratory (HCI)

    May 2013 – September 2013(4 months)Madison, WI

    I built desktop applications written in C# that controlled the flow of human-computer interaction experiments. I developed software that interfaced with the APIs of Nao robots and Microsoft Kinect sensors. Additionally, I designed graphical user interfaces for use by psychology researchers based on their needs and feedback.


  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Computer Engineering and Computer Science

    2011 – 2016

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Bachelor’s Degree, Computer Engineering and Computer Science with a Certificate in Mathematics

    2011 – 2016

    Activities and Societies

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Skills & Expertise

  • Computer Science
  • Web Development
  • Embedded Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Programming
  • Java
  • Software Development

Honors & Awards

  • Best Qualcomm Hack

    Qualcomm Hack Mobile Hackathon

    June 2015

    I won the award for Best Qualcomm Hack at the Qualcomm intern Hack Mobile hackathon.

  • Six Qualstars

    I have been nominated for and received 6 separate Qualstar awards for achievement at Qualcomm


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)


    September 2013 – Present

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Programming Teacher

    Code Smash at Qualcomm

    August 2015Science and Technology

    I helped young children learn about computer programming using Scratch.

  • Alley Improvement Volunteer

    Take Back the Alley

    August 2015

    I helped improve an alley in San Diego.