Alex Lynham | Curriculum Vitae

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Software and distributed systems engineer striving to expand and develop my skills, working towards putting in those 10,000 hours. Clojurian and Rubyist with years of experience on non-trivial Rails and Clojure apps. Have front-end skills with modern JS, and extensive back-end experience deploying, monitoring and orchestrating apps on bare metal, GCP and AWS using Docker and Ansible. Strong background in data engineering, data modelling and full-stack rapid prototyping. Have given talks both at North West Ruby User Group and Sheffield Ruby Group.


Setup: Ubuntu / OSX, Sublime Text (Ruby/Rails), Vim (servers), Emacs (everything else), oh-my-zsh.
Emacs.d and .vimrc available on my github.

Select Work Experience:

Sep 17 – Present Co-op Digital (Senior Software Engineer):

Working on the Digital Data Services team for one of the UK's largest retailers. Also accountable as an engineering line manager.

Key work:

- Proof-of-concept task auditing system leveraging prototypically-inherited DAGs (Clojure/MongoDB)

- Proof-of-concept stream processing (Apache Kafka/Clojure)

- Designed a stream data architecture (Serverless/JS)

- Proposed, got approval for, and led a discovery into NRT and streaming data integration patterns

- Tech and data architecture advocacy, with materials used to present to exec

- Assessed Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

- Worked closely with platform to stand up an ECS cluster for data work

- Ran a Clojure Dojo to expose CoP to FP in general and Clojure specifically

May 16 – Present SSD Devices (Owner):

Self-taught applied electronics and digital signal processing with Spin Assembly language and bootstrapped a guitar effects side-business. Based on lean startup methodology and an MVP, generated more than £10k of business on a marketing budget of zero. Open-sourced a preamp circuit design.

May 14 – Sep 17 Swirrl (Software Engineer):

Working on various projects as a member of an industry leading data consultancy team, from greenfield web applications using Ruby/Rails and Clojure(script) to devops and automation using Docker, Ansible, AWS, Travis, and data transformation into linked RDF data. Projects involved a combination of Ruby/Rails, Javascript and Clojure, with extensive responsibility for devops and maintenance.

Key projects:

- Building a Docker-based infrastructure for an 11+ service deployment

- Features for the core Swirrl product, a large Rails engine (Ruby)

- A general-case choropleth map plugin for geographic data (Ruby/JS)

- A 'shopping cart' of data cube slices and geographic data (JS)

- A green-field graph visualisation tool for work networks (Ruby/JS)

- A bootstrapping, deployment and disaster-recovery setup using Ansible

- A high visibility greenfield data register (Clojure)

- API and search applications using Rails, Clojure, Clojurescript and re-frame

- A number ETL and data pipeline projects (Clojure)

- Near real-time processing of data from sensors in New Zealand (Clojure/Ruby)

- Travis and Jenkins CI setups

Aug 13 – May 14 Malinko (Rails Developer):

A complete overhaul of the front-end of a large Rails app, with responsibility for UX testing as well. Implemented then maintained a test suite, re-wrote core features and improved interactivity with JS. Also responsible for a new brand identity, logo, typefaces, style guide and mentoring an entry-level developer as a direct report.

Oct 12 – Present Freelance Web Developer:

Developed a number of websites, single-page and more complex Rails web applications using a responsive, mobile-first approach.

Oct 11 – Aug 12 Mosquito Digital (Digital Project Co-ordinator):

Project managed website design and build, strategy and implementation of digital marketing campaigns and SEO. Understood client needs and delivered projects to meet those, as well as managing stakeholders during the process.

Jun 11 - Present Future Publishing [Total Guitar, Music Radar, Prog, Metal Hammer], DIY Magazine, Upset Magazine (Columnist/Freelancer):

Write a bi-issue column for Prog, and monthly column for Total Guitar. Contribute new music features, reviews, photography and main features.

May 10 – Present Superstar Destroyer Records (Press/Management):

Co-founded a label and continue to manage bands and co-ordinate press. Have had bands featured in national/international press and built them up to international touring.


→ University of Manchester: Modern History with Economics BA(Hons).

{ Grade:2.1” }

→ Godalming College: A Levels.

{ History:A”, Economics:A”, English:A”, French:B” }

→ Training courses and miscellaneous study:

CMU Royalties and Copyright (July 2011)
Futureworks Film Editing with Final Cut Pro (Sept 2012)
Udacity CS101 Introduction to Computer Science (Feb 2013)
MadLab Intro to Arduino and Physical Computing (Apr 2013)
Udacity CS252 Programming Languages (Mar 2013, Dec 2014)
Hot Bed Press Typesetting for Designers (Sept 2013)
Hot Bed Press Photo Screen Printing (Oct 2013)
Coursera Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists (Nov 2013-Jan 2014)
Udacity The Design of Everyday Things (Dec 2013)