Eric Drechsel

Software Engineer


  • 15 years building digital products, operating services, and supporting customers.
  • Autodidactic learner with Mathematics/Physics degree.
  • Prototypist


  • Write maintainable Go, Python, Javascript, Ruby, and C.
  • Support team members and users by responding to issues, reviewing code, writing documentation, and automating builds, deployment, provisioning, and service monitoring.
  • Plan development efforts, specify functionality, and manage delivery timelines.
  • Build highly usable human interfaces partnering with designer or from functional specifications.

Interests and hobbies

  • Advocate for decentralized internet architecture as a social good.
  • Natural STEM educator
  • Maker: Electronics, structures, tools
  • I Contribute code, testing, and support time to numerous open source projects
  • Go and React.js patches to the filesystem and web interfaces of the Perkeep personal storage system. (2014—)
  • Open source software QA/documentation volunteer for numerous open source projects (Firefox, wlroots, Dat Project)


  • Senior software engineer, Sixgill (2016—2017) Green-field architected, prototyped, and launched real-time location Go using gRPC, gomobile, Kubernetes, Terraform, and AWS.
  • Application Engineer, Point 97 / Ecotrust (2014—2015) Created an offline-first spatial and social field survey stack as a mobile progressive web app. Designed and build a dynamic geodata and multimedia storytelling engine using Wagtail/Django with PostGIS, OpenLayers, and Leaflet. Automated provisioning and deployment of Django and PostgreSQL to cloud infrastructure using Ansible.
  • Software Engineer, Janrain (2012—2013) Architected and built a Rails customer dashboard unifying various existing tools into a cohesive experience. Created provisioning APIs in core products and integrated with Zookeeper distributed configuration registry. Designed and built web UI and REST APIs for team management service using AngularJS, Scala, and Riak.
  • Lead developer for ActivateHub event promotion and aggregation platform. (2011-2013)
  • Information Architect, PSU Communications (2005—2008) Architected a bubble-up content aggregation system for news, events, and faculty profiles. Developed customized Drupal distributions for department sites bundling reusable content types, views, workflows, and a customizable theme based on the University style guide.
  • BS Mathematics/Physics PSU, 2010 Computer algebra, numerical modeling, graphics.
  • Developer, Oregon Catholic Press (2005) Helped build Drupal-based music streaming and ecommerce sites.
  • Systems Administrator, Portland Public Schools (Apr-Aug 2005) Provisioned Linux servers and operated services including Moodle, Drupal, Docuwiki, and JIRA.
  • Operations Engineer, Pioneer Net (Jan 2004—Feb 2005) Built and operated Linux web, email, and log servers and Cisco switching and traffic shaping hardware, monitored network health, provided tier-2 tech support, and developed a Drupal web portal.
  • Consultant, Umpqua Computer Services (2000—2004) Created custom Drupal and Zencart ecommerce sites such as MLB Marbled Fabrics.


  • Operate PDXHub infrastructure Produce engaging and hard-working web applications. (2004—)
  • Lead development of SERPs, a web analytics product. (2011)
  • Created a browser-based UI (Backbone.js) for Checkmarkable. (2011)
  • Created, a graphics-rich static marketing site. (2011)
  • Built a market research study planner in Javascript and Rails for Revelation. (2010)
  • Built a faceted browsing UI, text translation tool, and image/video asset manager for Nike’s 2008 Summer Olympics campaign using Drupal & jQuery with Sticky. (2008)
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