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Peter Fitzgibbons

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Previous positions

  • Senior Software Engineer at
  • Senior Software Engineer Team Lead at Airspace Technologies


Texas State University-San Marcos, BS, Computer Science




I am a senior software engineer/team-lead/software architect and software evangelist. I am excited about my work and the absolutely amazing advances happening everyday in the developer’s behind-the-scenes world within computing. I take a research-scientist attitude toward everyday tasks, and compile and distribute technical findings and solutions as they are relevant to the team and larger software community. I am a practicing student of software craftsmanship, Kathy Sierra, Edward Tufte, and human-computer-interaction. Giving users the ability to be awesome is a primary directive in my work. I am interested in how the technologies of IoT, Mobile, and VR will shape the use of Ruby/Rails, .NET, NoSQL, and cloud DevOps. My interest and expertise are also held in the areas of enterprise architecture/SOA, business analysis, “backend” complex requirement solutions, mentorship and development of under-represented members of the software industry, and helping kids learn to program.


  • Staff Software Engineer

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

    June 2017 – Present(2 years 4 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Mentor – Applications Architect – Devops / Monitoring – TDD Evangelist – Mentoring – Agile Coach Ruby/Rails – Mysql – Postgresql – Docker – Python Fabric – React Software Architect – Team Lead – Full-stack developer/designer – DevOps / CI / CD Architect and Developer * Designed/Implemented deployment automation, reducing deployment time to 5 minutes from 2 hours. Fabric / Python * Designed/Implemented Docker environment for application for use on developer-workstation, CI-server, and Production, eliminating platform-dependency discrepancies and providing verifiable build output. * Presented technology introduction sessions to team and department leaders on Docker, Docker Swarm, React.js, Vue.js, leading to a wider division-level discussion on the use of Docker in the software lifecycle. * Refactored Rails app test environment, reducing CI test time by 30% and providing repeatable all-pass test runs of 1400 system tests.

  • Senior Software Engineer

    February 2016 – January 2019(2 years 11 months)Greater San Diego Area – Modified Car Enthusiasts Marketplace With over 50,000 members, users go to every day to buy and sell custom parts for their performance automotive projects Responsibilities ● Design and implement back-end scanner that reads over 1000 web sites for new buy/sell listings every 10 minutes. ● Implement elasticsearch indexing of listings for improved search performance and search terms handling. ● Implement optimization updates to code and infrastructure to allow website and scanner to perform at-scale.

  • Senior Software Engineer Team Lead

    Airspace Technologies

    April 2016 – January 2017(9 months)Carlsbad, California

    Team lead to 8 developers. Architect and lead implementation of major features to automated package routing, package tracking, and operations monitoring. Responsibilities ● Team lead to 8 developer team, including remote-located members. Provided onboarding to 7 Sr. Developers. ● Implemented automated routing system, including search across airline scheduling database for candidate flights per shipment, including ETL for ingest of 10MM flight records into searchable indexed tables. ● Implemented integrtion of distributed sensor to provide real-time location updates of package location – AirTrace ● Architected, Designed, and Implemented changes to multiple-application system for at-scale operations from prototype implementation ● Devops : Migrated 3 production applications + db from AWS Opsworks/ElasticBeanstalk/RDS into Heroku stack + Postgresql ● Implemented continuous integration + static code analysis to assist management of deployment pipeline. ● Implemented continouous-deployment strategy to development and testing services on Heroku stack ● Defined hardware requirements for next-generation location sensor – AirTrace ● Provided Project-Management duties for team, including regular meeting with Business Liason for agile task prioritization

  • Senior Software Engineer


    November 2015 – March 2016(4 months)

    Supported software implementation for Live Community features and production deployments

  • Sr. Software Engineer LLC

    October 2015 – November 2015(1 month)Remote for BlueRocket, Inc.

    ● Analyzed and Developed solutions for web UI, data import and API client projects using Ruby and RubyOnRails. ● Assisted in monitoring and maintenance of Heroku based server deployments and configurations including Heroku AddOns.

  • Sr. Software Engineer

    TaylorMade Golf

    April 2015 – October 2015(6 months)Carlsbad, CA

    ● Analyzed and Developed solutions for website and API ● Maintained and enhanced internal web-based golf course metadata editor and data importer ● Assisted in monitoring and maintenance of AmazonWebService based server deployments and configurations.

  • Software Engineer

    Intellisis Corp

    December 2013 – May 2015(1 year 5 months)Greater San Diego Area

    ● Implemented features, refactoring, and fixes to Python + QT desktop administration application, including QT messaging using Signal/Slot mechanism for long-running processes. ● Recommended, designed, implemented REST API application with Python / WSGI, using CouchDB database and RabbitMQ/AMQP messaging for long-running processes. ● Mentor internship students on construction of AngularJS application using Twitter Bootstrap templates, including automated testing with Karma/Sinon/Chai. ● Implemented AngularJS + Twitter Bootstrap application for administration of data-analysis application. ● Updated Python Fabric server-deployment tool for maintenance of Redhat 6.5 target servers. ● Refactored Python custom-build tool from Bash to Python to facilitate update and maintenance of custom Python builds.

  • Sr. Software Engineer

    Tribune Company

    October 2011 – December 2013(2 years 2 months)Chicago, IL

    • Design, Implement, Assist Architecture for Digital Subscription Service registration system for newspaper sites. This Javascript/Ruby-Rails system will enforce registration to 1 Million users. • Architect, Design, Implmement Rendering application for all Tribune newspaper websites. Deployment of this application is in cloud-based multi-datacenter, multi- server environment. Using MongoDB(mongoid), REST client to other Tribune SOA services for conent data. • Research and document evaluation of MongoDB, PostgreSql as options for multi- datacenter master-master redundant data stores for application configuration and newspaper-content databases. Newspaper content “archive” db holds 80Tb of data from digitized historical archives of Tribune newspapers.

  • Sr. Software Eng

    Vail Systems

    April 2009 – October 2011(2 years 6 months)

    – Architect, Design, Implement, Maintain production administrative webservices with Ruby/Rails using MySql,SqlServer rdbms. – Mentor team in use of Test-first development, continuous-integration, pair-programming. – Implement migration of VCS from Subversion to GIT – Mentor new developers on learning of Ruby/Rails and developer environment tools (GIt, VIM, T-SQL)

  • Sr. Software Engineer

    American Transport Group, LLC

    July 2008 – January 2009(6 months)

    Provide detailed analysis of Microsoft Silverlight, ASP.NET, Ruby on Rails, Perl/Catalyst capabilities and features Mentor 2 developers in self-study of Ruby language and Rails framework Mentor 2 developers in agile short-iteration process and procedures and theory Implement Rspec based Behaviour-Driven Development and mentor developers in its use

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  • Sr. Software Engineer

    Parus Networks

    August 2007 – June 2008(10 months)

    Implement test-driven development support utilities and software framework in PERL for testing Catalyst webserver Implement software solutions for REST web services requirements in PERL for Catalyst webserver Email-sending module, incorporating requirements of IETF RFC 822 “Standard for ARPA Internet Text Messages”

  • Software Engineer

    CBIG BI Consulting

    February 2007 – August 2007(6 months)

    Implement test-driven design of Excel Upload to data warehoust staging tables and implement staging-to-cube loading process for uploaded data Perform modification of daily data warehouse loading process according to new process requirements and business rules. Modifications include refactoring all steps of load process to allow automated repeatable loading of the data warehouse cube data Document technology changes for various levels of understanding including business logic design, datawarehouse implementation, system configuration, end-user documentation

  • Software Engineer

    Lakewood Homes, Inc.

    November 2001 – November 2006(5 years)

    Led application creation, design, implementation, deployment, continued maintenance and modification of corporate-wide business applications for Sales, Purchasing, Accounting, and Field Construction departments at Lakewood Homes, Inc. Desktop application solutions for Windows clients using Visual Basic, C# 2005, MS Access and SQL Server Web-based customer service portal using Ruby on Rails, SQL Server. Corporate-wide data storage using SQL Server, including multi-database synchronization using T-SQL procedures, SQL Server DTS, Ruby on Rails

  • Software Engineer

    World Travel BTI

    April 2000 – September 2001(1 year 5 months)

    Developed web-based Airline business analysis application using J2EE/JBoss architecture Led organization of team development using CVS and branched check-in/merge Implemented, deployed, and maintained desktop application for International Rate Services tracking using Visual Basic, SQL Server

  • Software Developer

    Micro-Tek, Inc.

    May 1999 – March 2000(10 months)

    Implemented and deployed Oilfield Maintenance Scheduling application using Visual Basic, Oracle, PL/SQL

  • Software Engineer

    Norstan Consulting, Inc.

    November 1998 – May 1999(6 months)

    Visual Basic / Sql Server development of CRM for Sales Teams

  • Software Engineer

    Profit Solutions, Inc.

    November 1997 – November 1998(1 year)

    Developed CRM/Sales application for sale/distribution to client corporations. Worked in team environment to build Visual Basic, Access 2000, SQL Server desktop/distributed application Designed SQL Server database implementation and multi-database synchronization using T-SQL procedures and Visual Basic Deployed application instances to client customers at field locations Provided customer service and help desk assistance to client customers

  • Software Developer

    Texas Instruments

    June 1995 – November 1997(2 years 5 months)

    Developed user interface and machinery automation for fabrication machinery in computer-chip fabrication plants Worked in team environment to define API requirements, factory operations requirements, and end-user needs for each automation system Ported unix-based C++ automation framework to Linux (Slakware) Deployed completed applications to factory workstations, including installation of all required networking, hardware, and factor machinery interface connections Provided end-user support for start-up and initial training of each installation


Skills & Expertise

  • Git
  • JavaScript
  • XML
  • Perl
  • PostgreSQL
  • C#
  • REST
  • Databases
  • Ruby
  • ELM
  • Web Services
  • Linux
  • Web Applications
  • Test Driven Development
  • Elixir
  • MySQL
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Docker Products
  • Kubernetes
  • Subversion
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Software Development
  • .NET Framework
  • SQL


  • ACM

    January 2004 – Present