Anthony Garvan, Software Developer in Chicago, IL, United States
Anthony Garvan

Software Developer in Chicago, IL, United States

Member since November 12, 2016
Anthony is a top-tier full stack web developer (Python/JavaScript) and data scientist (SQL/Python) with 10 years of experience building software for everything from to playing poker to predicting hurricanes. His working style is fun, communicative, consistent, and collaborative.
Anthony is now available for hire




Chicago, IL, United States



Preferred Environment

Git, Atom, Linux

The most amazing...

...weekend project I've done is a visualization of the 20,000 most common words in English that were positioned by their meanings in vector space.


  • Data Lead

    2015 - PRESENT
    General Services Administration | 18F
    • Acted as the tech lead for the Federal Election Commission's new legal search portal, making their legal documentation (laws, regulations, etc.) easily searchable online.
    • Wrote Checklistomania—an enterprise checklist tool optimized for onboarding that reached #4 spot on hacker news.
    • Helped, as the data lead, the organization collect and implement the best practices around data storage and management.
    • Wrote Coffeemate—a slackbot designed to break down silos within a remote organization by pairing people up for virtual coffee.
    • Managed a team of 5—including 1:1s, problem resolution, and biweekly meetings.
    Technologies: Full-stack, JavaScript, Elasticsearch, SQL, React, Python
  • Freelance Developer

    2013 - 2015
    Freelance Work
    • Developed and deployed a statistical model to predict niche domain name profitability.
    • Conducted an evaluation of high-performance messaging systems (RabbitMQ & Kafka), and built prototypes to determine the performance for high-volume payment data.
    • Built a poker bot capable of playing optimal statistical strategy (no bluffing) in real online poker games.
    Technologies: Scikit-learn, SciPy, NumPy, Django, Python
  • Senior Software Engineer

    2013 - 2015
    ZS Associates
    • Led the research and implementation of a business rules engine for sales alignment decisions.
    • Wrote the Social Infograph—a MEAN stack app for exploring textual data.
    • Conceived of and implemented a rapid analytics process for analyzing social media from a key conference—including automatically categorizing Twitter authors into predefined types and running SQL workflow to produce data for visualizing social activity for clients.
    • Categorized audio files to detect topics for call center assistance.
    • Implemented standard organizational duties: mentoring, stand-ups, sprint planning, and pairing.
    Technologies: HTML, JavaScript, C#
  • Chief Technology Officer

    2012 - 2012
    Index Companies, LLC
    • Acted as the primary developer and architect behind a platform for a predicted hurricane landfall on the East Coast based on 1 TB of satellite weather data.
    • Presented findings to the CEO on a weekly basis, and presented findings to Warren Buffet's GenRe.
    • Achieved a near parity with analytical methodologies with a purely statistical approach.
    Technologies: Neural Networks, MATLAB
  • Research Assistant

    2011 - 2012
    Columbia University
    • Built a web-based tool for calculating the high resolution carbon footprints at a massive scale.
    • Discovered a new algorithm to reduce the carbon footprint calculation complexity from O(n^2) to O(n).
    • Effected impacts including: code deployed at Ben & Jerry’s and a publication in the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
    Technologies: HTML, jQuery, JavaScript, C#
  • Senior Instrumentation Engineer

    2007 - 2010
    Nanosolar, Inc.
    • Led two teams of two in research, design, and construction of metrology instrumentation and a pilot production solar cell manufacturing tool.
    • Mined a data set of 1,000+ manufacturing variables recorded every second.
    • Presented findings to the C-suite executives on a weekly basis.
    • Performed a thermo-mechanical and electrical modeling of solar cell manufacturing processes and devices.
    Technologies: JMP, Minitab, LabVIEW, SQL


  • Federal Election Commission Legal Resources (Development)

    I am the technical lead driving FEC's new legal search engine.

  • Rich Dot, Poor Dot (Development)

    A side project modeling the emergence of inequality in JavaScript and D3.js.

  • One In a Million (Development)

    Project calculating how unique a user is based on their demographics and U.S. Census data.

  • Word Galaxy (Development)

    The 20,000 most common words in English, spaced by their meaning.

  • Simply Embed (Development)

    A SaaS delivering a customization contact form as a service.

  • Hey Microsoft, the Internet Made My Bot Racist, Too (Other amazing things)


  • Languages

    Python, JavaScript, ECMAScript (ES6), SQL, HTML5, C#, HTML, Sass, CSS
  • Libraries/APIs

    Scikit-learn, Node.js, jQuery, REST APIs, React, Handlebars, GitHub API, D3.js, SciPy, NumPy
  • Tools

    GitHub, Slack, Git, Jira, Atom, MATLAB, LabVIEW, JMP, Karma, Travis CI, Babel, Browserify, Sublime Text 3
  • Storage

    MongoDB, SQL Performance, AWS S3, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL
  • Other

    APIs, Mathematical Modeling, Web Performance, Web Scraping, Full-stack, Neural Networks, Minitab, ESLint
  • Frameworks

    Jest, AngularJS, Django, Flask
  • Paradigms

    REST, Continuous Integration (CI), ETL, Model View Controller (MVC), Agile
  • Platforms



  • Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
    2010 - 2013
    Columbia University - New York, NY, USA
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
    2002 - 2006
    Yale University - New Haven, CT, USA

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