Alex Karpinski software engineer

me@alexkarpinski.com

brooklyn-based


Etsy jan 2018 - present

Observability Engineer

As an observability engineer at Etsy I am responsible for maintaining the continuity of Etsy.com by providing reliable services for logging, tracing and metrics. As part of this work I have migrated services out of a traditional datacenter and into the cloud, and participated as a rotating member of a 24/7 on-call schedule.
  • Terraform
  • Google Cloud
  • Graphite
  • SOX Compliance
  • Chef
  • Agile
  • Elasticsearch
  • Kubernetes
  • Prometheus

MOTU 2015 - 2018

Automation Engineer

At MOTU I was a member of an embedded hardware development team. I worked to reduce costs and increase iteration-speed by adapting cloud-native build procedures to the embedded software development landscape.
  • Jenkins
  • FPGAs
  • GDB
  • Buildroot
  • Linux
  • ARM
  • Ansible
  • AWS

Xinzhou Magnet High School (忻州一中) 2014 - 2015

English Teacher

I lived and taught for a year in China. I was responsible for fourteen classes of 80 students each. I produced two to four new lesson plans a week focused on building my students' confidence, speaking skills, and vocabulary.
  • Documentation
  • Mentorship
  • Communication
  • Language skills
  • Cultural diversity
  • Deadline delivery

University of Massachusetts CESD 2014

Engineering Consultant

The Center for Educational Software Development is an internal team at UMass focusing on tools for students, educators, and researchers. I was hired by The Center to observe and improve their software development practices. I created a set of recommendations to update their version control, deployment reliability, and stakeholder communication.
  • Git
  • Drupal
  • Agile
  • CI/CD
  • Linux
  • Apache
  • Legacy maintenance