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Nathaniel Welch


I am a current student of Computer Science at Cal Poly with an interest in communication and design. I am a big believer in experimenting with new things to expand my knowledge both professionally and recreationally. I strive to be a quick learner and both a competent leader and capable worker. I am an Eagle Scout and was an active officer of the Cal Poly Linux Users Group for three years. I was awarded Cal Poly's Residence Hall Council member of the year for both 2006 and 2007. In my free time I enjoy contributing to open source projects, hiking, reading and listening to music.


Computer Science, B.S.
Fall 2006 - Spring 2011
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Systems Proficiency

Programming Languages

Proficient in: PHP, Ruby, SML/NJ, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, Java, SQL (MySQL, SQLite), Bash

Experience with: F#, Python, C++, MongoDB


I have experience using most modern development tools including Eclipse, Vim, Git and SVN. I have been using Linux for both personal and server use since 2002. I am also capable of using the majority of the Adobe Creative Suite.


Punchd &, Mountain View, CA

Software Engineer - May 2011 to present

I was Punchd's backend and operations engineer until we were acquired by Google in July 2011. At Google I have been working on merging Google's scale with Punchd's ingenuity and speed to help redefine loyalty., San Luis Obispo CA

Software Developer - April 2009 to April 2011

I wear a variety of hats including -- but not limited to -- writing code to promote high quality content and a stable community, helping keep servers afloat, and working with users to develop content. I write code mainly in PHP and Bash, and almost all of our servers are on Amazon's EC2 Service.

  • Helped create a site-wide reputation community, which began with
  • Helped maintain various servers, located on Amazon EC2, and local development machines
  • Developed the first JavaScript widget for iFixit's API.
  • Redefined iFixit's developer work flow

Adobe Systems Incorporated, San Francisco CA

Dreamweaver Quality Engineering Intern - Summer 2007 and 2008

  • Tested both daily builds and released versions of Dreamweaver against various operating systems -- including Mac OSX 10.4, Mac OSX 10.5, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
  • Helped maintain the Server Matrix, Bug-base, and test a new test case application
  • Helped develop and test the Web Widgets Feature for Dreamweaver CS4, which won the "Dreamweaver Community Feature of the Year" award in 2008.

BSA Camp Oljato, Lakeshore CA

Nature Director - Summer 2006

Camp Counselor - Summer 2002, 2003 and 2004

  • In charge of four staff members and responsible for planning the activities behind and maintaining the entire Nature area at camp, with an average of about 200 kids every week for seven weeks.
  • Updated and revised the Forest Management Plan and organized conservation projects throughout camp.
  • Took care of children ages ten to eighteen and responsible for creating and planning daily schedules for my classes.
  • Taught merit badge classes such as wilderness survival, camping, hiking, and others.