I am a MIT grad with an Aerospace Engineering degree which is most likely why I gravitate towards optimizing performance issues as a Software Engineer. I joined Kenna in 2015 where I have had the opportunities to work on some of the most challenging aspects of our code base. This includes scaling Elasticsearch to 4 billion docs, sharding MySQL databases, and taming Resque’s usage of Redis. All of these had huge performance gains, but in the end, I found equally significant gains by using Ruby. When not making code run faster, I can be found fulfilling my need for speed by riding and jumping my show horses.