Dave Shifflett


Senior Software Architect and Engineer in Chicago

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Dave Shifflett

About Me

My name is Dave, and I’m a senior software architect and engineer living and working in Chicago. I enjoy solving problems and learning new things across different disciplines while continuing to advance as the landscape changes. Over the years, I have gained expertise with many different ecosystems, frameworks, platforms, and languages. Presently, most of my work is in cloud and web technology.

I became an Engineer for the project at the in 2014. Since that time, we have grown from a modest cloud offering into a full-fledged platform offering some of the best tools and services for the science and research communities. Our web-based applications and desktop software enable end users to manage and share their data, while developers in the community can extend and build upon our platform using our APIs and SDKs. Today, I am lucky to be able to work in different capacities on several different components of the platform in addition to serving as a Program Manager on certain special cross-cutting initiatives.

I moved to Chicago after growing up desiring the experiences of a first-tier, dense, urban city. Chicago’s history, architecture and skyline, summers, parks, water, and rattling elevated trains make it a good home for me.

Prior to moving to Chicago, I found myself in Baltimore. I enjoyed my short time there immensely, identifying the city’s odd local culture as one well suited to my personality. After completing my Bachelor of Science degree from the at , I remained in Baltimore for a few years where I started my formal software engineering career before moving to Chicago.

Some of my other interests include food, gaming, linguistics, and transportation. Cooking and baking is an gratifying daily escape for me, and I also enjoy dining out when the opportunities arise. I am a casual gamer, enjoying games of the classic console, open-ended simulation, strategy, and social tabletop varieties. I am a fluent English speaker and have a limited working proficiency in Spanish.