Nicholas Meyer

San Francisco, CA . nmeyer@alumni.caltech.edu

I studied physics and computer science at Caltech (B.S. 2018). I am a generalist software developer, with experience in web development, physics simulations, and machine learning, currently employed as a full-stack software engineer at Academia.edu.

Experience

Full-Stack Software Engineer

Member of the Core Product team, the team in charge of growing and maintaining engagement among monthly active users. Deliver improvements to site features such as the News Feed at all layers of the stack, using technologies from React to Ruby on Rails.

2018 - Present

Web Developer and Administrator

System adminstrator for servers used by Blacker House at Caltech. Maintained and added features to site and services. Assisted Caltech Information Management Systems and Services (IMSS) in resolving network security issues and student issues with Caltech's email or web services.

2015 - 2018

LIGO research intern

Worked in a small team to improve part of the LIGO data analysis pipeline. Evaluated regression methods and tuned hyperparameters to predict properties of merging binary black holes.

Delivered proof of concept module demonstrating an improved fitting routine using Gaussian Processes and Decision Trees.

2017 Report and Final Paper, 2016 Report and Final Paper

Summer 2017, Summer 2016

Summer Research Intern

Fixed bugs and added features to simulation code (written in C) to simulate instrumental behavior of the Planck satellite. Added a python front end.

Summer 2015

Science Olympiad Volunteer

Determined event rules and coordinated with other volunteers for the Game On event in the Science Olympiad competition for high school teams. Gave informational presentations at workshops for coaches.

2015 - 2018

Education

California Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science
Physics, Computer Science (minor)

GPA: 3.9

September 2014 - June 2018

Skills

Programming Languages & Tools
  • Python
  • Java
  • C
Unix Tools Experience
  • Linux (various distros)
  • Compiling kernel from source
  • Bash
  • Git

Interests

I care deeply about security and cryptography, and follow legal and technological developments. I have a PGP key pair and you can find my key here. This key is in the strong set, and here are my stats. I would recommend against trusting PGP too much for information that needs to stay secure for more than a decade or so because quantum computers may be able to break RSA encryption if/when they exist.

Sometimes I like to code up simulations of well known interview questions.