Azarias Reda, PhD, Software Developer in Washington, DC, United States
Azarias Reda, PhD

Software Developer in Washington, DC, United States

Member since January 10, 2017
With a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Azarias has worked at large tech companies like LinkedIn and Microsoft, and has led two startups as CTO. His technical expertise is web development and machine learning in Python. He has built large-scale web applications (primarily with Django), worked on many data science projects, and managed teams of engineers. His favorite projects combine web development with data engineering.
Azarias is now available for hire


  • Republic Computer Science
    Python, Django, SciPy, NumPy, Scikit-learn, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcaches, AWS...
  • Meritful
    Python, Django, SQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Redis, Celery, Solr, jQuery...
  • LinkedIn
    Java, Hadoop, HDFS, Pig, Kafka, Voldemort (NoSQL)



Washington, DC, United States



Preferred Environment

Lubuntu, PyCharm, Jupyter Notebook, GitHub

The most amazing... engineering team I've led built a system to orchestrate over sixty million in-person voter contacts in the United States.


  • CTO

    2013 - PRESENT
    Republic Computer Science
    • Helped build a large Django web application with over 1M monthly visitors.
    • Built predictive analytics models using historical and real-time data.
    • Scaled predictive models to run on a dataset with over 200 million person profiles.
    • Led the development of an external REST API for developers to securely access data.
    Technologies: Python, Django, SciPy, NumPy, Scikit-learn, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcaches, AWS, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, jQuery, Elasticsearch
  • CTO

    2012 - 2013
    • Led engineering on a Django-based SaaS for HR teams used by Fortune 1000 companies.
    • Built the API that powered all applications connected to the core SaaS product.
    • Managed development teams across multiple platforms including web, Android, and iOS.
    Technologies: Python, Django, SQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Redis, Celery, Solr, jQuery, JavaScript, Twitter Bootstrap, CSS, HTML, APIs (Social, Mail, Analytics, Logging, Caching), Memcached, Amazon Web Services, Heroku
  • Search and Data Analytics Researcher

    2011 - 2011
    • Led the development of a search recommendation system that had over 30M queries/month.
    • Published a paper on algorithms designed to power the search recommendation system titled "Metaphor: a system for related search recommendations at LinkedIn."
    • Developed data pipelines using the Hadoop ecosystem for search recommendations.
    • Published statistical research on the trends of using LinkedIn in developing regions.
    Technologies: Java, Hadoop, HDFS, Pig, Kafka, Voldemort (NoSQL)
  • Researcher

    2010 - 2011
    Microsoft Research
    • Built a browser plugin for understanding user data access patterns.
    • Profiled a browser caching system designed to accelerate user data access.
    • Designed a voice biometrics based system for identity verification.
    Technologies: C#, C++, Python, SMS Gateway, Voice Biometrics



  • Languages

    Python, SQL, C#, Java, CSS, HTML, JavaScript
  • Frameworks

    Hadoop, Django, AWS EMR, Bootstrap 3+
  • Libraries/APIs

    Sklearn, NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, API Development, Plivo, Twilio API, jQuery, Python-rq
  • Paradigms

    Data Science, REST, Agile Software Development
  • Platforms

    Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS EC2, Apache Kafka, Apache Pig
  • Storage

    Redis, PostgreSQL, MySQL, AWS S3, Elasticsearch, Memcached, NoSQL, SQLite, HDFS
  • Other

    RESTful Web Services, Machine Learning, Kafka
  • Industry Expertise

    Project Management
  • Tools

    Celery, Solr, AWS ElastiCache


  • PhD in Computer Science
    2007 - 2012
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics
    2003 - 2007
    Sterling College - Kansas

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