I was President of the Drexel Smart House

I’m an tech-savvy, entrepreneurially-spirited guy.
Currently, I’m a Site Reliability Engineer at Confluent, building out the hosted Confluent Cloud and helping put a streaming platform at the heart of Fortune 500 enterprises.
This is my personal blog.
Giving true meaning to the origin of the term, my blog is a catalog of my thoughts on various matters, ranging from technology tutorials to social commentary.
My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life.
Some of this will be tutorials aimed at helping others solve problems I’ve had myself, while others will serve to build meaningful discussion around oft-neglected topics.
If you are in the early stages of your technical career and aspire to change the world, then this blog is for you.
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My Top Posts.
If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts.

Custom JMeter Samplers and Config Elements

Automatic Model Validation using Jersey

Jackson, and Hibernate Validator.

Java SSL with Multiple Keystores

Finding Generic Type Parameters with Guava

Dropbox Referrals using Mechanical Turk

On Lifetimes Within a Lifetime.
You can also check my blog’s archive for a list of every post I have written or use the search function in the sidebar to find other posts that might be of interest.
My professional career has been spent as a Software Engineer/DevOps/SRE while dabbling in entrepreneurial and investment pursuits (both inside and outside my day jobs).

I graduated from the accelerated BS/MS program at Drexel University

Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in electrical engineering.
My undergraduate concentration was in telecommunications and digital signal processing, and my graduate specialization was in controls, robotics, and intelligent systems.
Previously, I was President of the Drexel Smart House, a student-led technology incubator with a focus on smarter living. I spent two years in the Applied Communications and Information Networking center, a defense contractor focused on network-aware intelligent applications. You can learn more about my education and experience on my LinkedIn resume.

While leading the Drexel Smart House

I developed special interests in the areas of corporate innovation, sustainability, and education. My professional goal is to serve mankind’s critical needs through the fusion of business, design and technology.

My blog is built on WordPress 3.2 (self-hosted)

My theme is a (very) slightly customized version of BuyNowShop‘s “Desk Mess Mirrored.” Crowd Favorite’s Carrington Blog.
I did all customization myself.
My site is hosted by Dreamhost.
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