Hello! My name is Dan Roberts, and I am a software engineer and computer science educator in the Pacific Northwest.
I am currently a Senior SDE at Remitly, a Seattle software startup dedicated to “transforming the lives of immigrants and their families by providing the most trusted financial service products on the planet”. I have been at Remitly since September of 2020, and so far I am loving it!
Before Remitly, I spent 4 years as an instructor at Ada Developers Academy, a non-profit, tuition-free coding school for women and gender-diverse adults. I wore a number of hats at Ada, including a year each as Lead Instructor and Interim Director of Education. I took 5 months off in the fall of 2019 to travel, then came back to work on a couple of experimental projects… just in time for COVID. The board pulled the plug on new projects (a business move I agree with, though it was inconvenient for me), which landed me on the job market and then at Remitly.
Prior to Ada I was a senior engineer at EMC/Isilon (now Dell), a company that builds “Scale-Out Network-Attached Storage” – supercomputers full of enormous hard drives instead of big beefy processors. I worked on their network protocol stack, focusing on the NFS protocol, instrumentation and tooling, and configuration management. During my last two years at Isilon I also volunteered at Nathan Hale High School, teaching one period of AP computer science through Microsoft’s TEALS program.
I was born and raised in Seattle and a love for the natural beauty of the PNW is embedded deep in my bones. I try to spend as much of my free time as I can outdoors, hiking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter and bicycling all year round. I also love to travel and cook, and have been known to play a mean bass trombone.