Ian Murray

Senior Software Engineer

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About Me

I'm a tenacious developer with a background in biochemical research and a passion for solving tough problems.

I had my first introduction to software development through a Bioinformatics course I took while studying Biochemistry at Boston University. It was just a taste of Python, but I was immediately hooked. Since then, I’ve had a chance to build applications for biochemical research, ecommerce, and restaurant point of sale.

My experience in research instilled in me a relentless and detail-oriented approach to problem solving. In fact, some of my favorite moments in the development process come from hitting a wall. There’s a unique sense of satisfaction I get from pulling out a hammer and some nails to start building a ladder. I’m eager to bring my determination, and my passion for learning to a forward-thinking engineering team where I can help to drive growth through thoughtful, scalable solutions.



SpotOn Restaurant POS and Reporting

Golang, MongoDB, Angular.js, Node.js, PostgreSQL, AWS Serverless infrastructure

Worked as a full-stack developer on a web-based restaurant point of sale, and on the associated ETL pipelines, data warehouse, and reporting software. Highlights include:

    Rebuilt a legacy Spark/Scala traditional ETL with a serverless Go-based real-time streaming ETL, reducing typical data latency by 80% and allowing for automated scaling under heavy load

    Implemented a cross-platform payment processing integration for Restaurant POS, coordinating internal teams across Android, Web, and Server-based platforms along with 3rd-party teams at PAX and TSYS

    Restructured the storage, transportation, and editing of labor data across three (formerly separate) internal platforms to allow for a shared “source of truth” and consolidated payroll processing for our customers

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Gamer Sensei

Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Redis, RabbitMQ, AWS

Worked as a back-end software engineer on an e-commerce site where gamers can purchase coaching time from esports professionals. Highlights include:

    Identified API endpoints causing significant memory consumption issues, then refactored and optimized the queries used in these endpoints, resulting in an 80% reduction in request/response time for the most affected users, and a 50% reduction in application memory usage during periods of typical load

    Added integration of AmazonPay to the payment system, and built a refund system that integrates with Stripe and Paypal.

    Redesigned the calendar availabilities and lesson scheduling system to allow for more granular control of what types of students a sensei accepts lessons from at any given time.

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League Meta (Beta)

Ruby on Rails, Ruby-Grape, Cassandra, Apache Spark, Scala, PostgreSQL, RabbitMQ, GCP

Worked as a back-end software engineer and data engineer on a League of Legends meta analysis platform.

Built a Ruby-based system that spiders through the Riot Games League of Legends API to transform and store data from hundreds of millions of matches into a Cassandra database.

Built a system using GCP BigQuery and Apache Spark (Scala) which performs a series of transformations and aggregations on the large-scale match dataset and user data to generate and store a number of detailed meta analyses.

Built Rails/Ruby-Grape APIs to serve the aggregated and blended data to the web platform, and to the senseibot discord chat bot.

Range Royale

Ruby-Grape, PostgreSQL, Steam API

Worked as a back-end software engineer on a 'shooting range' mastery game for first-person shooters, available on Steam. Projects included:

    Built a user authentication system, and an API to recieve, validate, and store incoming match data from the game client.

    Built a leaderboard and achievement system that integrates with the Steam developer API.

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Raindrop Shop

HTML, CSS3/SASS, Bootstrap, Handlebars, JavaScript, Stripe, Express, Mongoose, MongoDB

A full-stack e-commerce site where users can browse, search, sort, and purchase a variety of products across a range of categories. Payments are processed via the Stripe API. Users’ order history and cart contents are stored on the back end. This was a group project created alongside the wildly talented developers Andrew Young and Pedro Tavarez.

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Goblin Colosseum

HTML, CSS3/SASS, Bootstrap, Handlebars, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL

A full-stack application featuring a turn-based, roguelike RPG. Users can fight through increasingly difficult waves of goblins, purchase weapons and character upgrades with gold they earn in battle, and compete for a place on the global leaderboards.

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Ember.js, CSS3/SASS, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Twilio

An inventory/task management tool where users can organize ‘Items’ they care about (tangibles, to-dos, etc.) into shareable ‘Boxes’. Major features include access control lists for each Box, and SMS messaging via Twilio.

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Tic Tac World

HTML/CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL

A single page application hub for different variants of Tic Tac Toe, including classic and numeric game modes. Each user’s games are saved to their account and can be reloaded to play again another time.

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SpotOn (Ann Arbor, MI)

Back-End Software Engineer

  • Developed greenfield Golang microservices, APIs, and ETL pipelines
  • Contributed to a Golang/Mongo/JS Restaurant POS software service
  • Contributed to a Node.js/Postgres/Angular.js Restaurant Reporting service
  • Contributed to a legacy Spark/Scala ETL, which coordinated the flow of real-time Restaurant POS data from a Mongo database into a PSQL Reporting data warehouse
  • Developed and maintained a wide variety of AWS infrastructure, including Lambda, ECS, Fargate, Kinesis, SQS, S3, etc
  • Coordinated and built a number of 3rd party integrations for Restaurant POS and Reporting including Gusto, Ingenico, and TSYS/TransIT

Gamer Sensei (Remote)

Consulting Software Engineer

Gamer Sensei (Boston, MA)

Back-End Software Engineer

  • Designed and implemented RESTful APIs (Ruby on Rails, Ruby-Grape microservices)
  • Data modeling and data structuring in SQL and NoSQL databases (PostgresQL, Cassandra)
  • Built microservices that retrieve, aggregate, and curate data for various output mediums: web, customized reports, messaging bots, etc (Ruby, Apache Spark, Scala, GCP BigQuery, Redis, RabbitMQ, Parquet)
  • Contributed to quality control via extensive automated test coverage, peer code review, and Continuous Integration (RSpec, Git, Codeship)
  • Collaborated across Engineering, Design, Marketing, and Business teams to ensure the needs of interior and exterior project stakeholders were met, using Agile methodology

General Assembly (Boston, MA)

Web Developer in Training

  • Completed a 12 week, 600 plus hour full-stack web development boot camp
  • Wrote and deployed full-stack web applications in a UNIX environment, both individually and in groups. Each application was completed in six days.

Bradham Research Lab, Boston University

Research Assistant

  • Research focused on a computational model of gene regulatory networks which direct skeletal patterning in sea urchin embryos
  • Project to characterize the role played by Lipoxigenase in the skeletal development of sea urchin embryos
  • Automated several labor-intensive workstreams involving genomic data processing and aggregation, and image editing
  • Developed experimental strategy and new methods, analyzed and troubleshot results, and trained new researchers

Bradham Research Lab, Boston University

Lab Safety Officer

  • Oversaw safety protocols and equipment in a Biosafety Level 2 laboratory
  • Directed the safety training and certification of newly-hired undergraduate and graduate researchers
  • Liaised between departmental and third-party officials to facilitate inspections of lab safety procedures


Boston University

Sept 2010 - May 2014

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with Distinction

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