Brian Neeland, Full-stack Developer in Edmonton, AB, Canada
Brian Neeland

Full-stack Developer in Edmonton, AB, Canada

Member since February 27, 2022
Brian is a multilingual software developer with seven years of formal and informal experience, focusing on full-stack web application programming across multiple frameworks and architectures. He has a strong background in full-stack application development, including Python, Django, JavaScript, Express.js, React, Redux, and Next.js, and has an excellent eye for design. Brian also has ten years of experience as a mechanical engineer in HVAC systems design.
Brian is now available for hire


  • Freelance
    React, Next.js, JavaScript, Django, Django REST Framework, Python...
  • City of Edmonton, AB
    HVAC Design, Mechanical Engineering, AutoCAD, Excel 2013, D3.js, Finance
  • Meal Hippo
    Python 3, Django, Startups, Full-stack Development, Celery...



Edmonton, AB, Canada



Preferred Environment

MacOS, Windows, Linux

The most amazing...

...thing I've done as a software developer is building a full web app for a startup from start to finish.


  • Full-stack Developer

    2017 - PRESENT
    • Developed a full-stack web application using Django, a Python-based web framework, for a caterers' food ordering and delivery platform. Operated and maintained the platform for a year, including rolling out multiple new features and multiple updates.
    • Built a complete, full-stack web application for a fintech startup using Next.js, Prisma ORM, a PostgreSQL database, and TailwindCSS.
    • Built and deployed a React component library that allows third parties to integrate a fintech product into their own platforms.
    • Created a full-stack web application using Django (Python) for the back end and Vue.js (JavaScript) for the front end for a math schoolwork edtech startup.
    • Developed an industrial logbook application for a large oil company to track maintenance and operation events by multiple shifts using Django.
    • Built an API using the Django REST framework for a decentralized version of DoorDash, with both vendor and delivery apps connected to the API.
    • Built Borealhead, an electronic daily journal app. It is a full-stack web app built with React, using the Next.js framework, with user authentication/authorization, user data encryption, and a combination of server-side and client-side rendering.
    • Developed an industrial alarm classification system for industrial events and alarms, with a machine learning algorithm to identify the root cause of failures. Built using the Keras deep learning library (Python).
    • Built a simple DApp using Web3.js on the Ethereum network. The DApp interacts with a smart contract and has a React front-end user interface. Two users can play a game and stake ether, and the winner is paid the full balance.
    • Built multiple web apps using combinations of React, React Native, Next.js, the MERN stack, and several different APIs.
    Technologies: React, Next.js, JavaScript, Django, Django REST Framework, Python, Full-stack Development, Front-end Development, Back-end Development, Tailwind CSS, Blockchain, Prisma, Bcrypt, PostgreSQL, Git, CryptoJS, Solidity, Python 3, Node.js, Bootstrap, eCommerce, HTML, CSS, TypeScript, MongoDB, Web3.js, Vue, Express.js, Redux, Celery, NPM, REST APIs, Auth0, Auth0 API, Full-stack, Back-end, Front-end, Google Maps API, Private NPM Modules
  • Mechanical Engineer

    2016 - 2022
    City of Edmonton, AB
    • Acted as the project engineer for a complete mechanical systems replacement for a 22-floor office tower. Old air systems, hydronic heating, and cooling systems were replaced, including air handling units, boilers, chillers, cooling towers, and pumps.
    • Managed a project to conduct a forensic investigation into ventilation deficiency in a multi-purpose facility with a large vehicle garage, multiple paint booths, cleaning hoods, and chemical storage.
    • Created a marginal abatement cost model for energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction strategy for a portfolio of 900 buildings.
    • Compiled around 200 energy conservation measures into marginal abatement cost curve, with a data visualization in D3.js.
    • Acted as the engineer of record for multiple mechanical systems designs, including chlorine gas room ventilation and controls upgrades, plant control building ventilation, filtration and controls upgrades, and aquatic basin anti-entrapment upgrades.
    Technologies: HVAC Design, Mechanical Engineering, AutoCAD, Excel 2013, D3.js, Finance
  • CEO

    2020 - 2021
    Meal Hippo
    • Acted as the CEO of Meal Hippo, a catering food ordering and delivery app. Started the company as a startup and ran it for one year. Built the web application platform, got vendors and users/customers onboarded, and completed orders.
    • Built the web application prototype using Django (Python) with Stripe payments integration and Bootstrap CSS framework for front-end styling. Celery (Python) integration for asynchronous email sending tasks with Postman integration.
    • Took care of all business development activities, including meetings with and recruiting vendors to the platform, meeting with and recruiting users/customers, and getting feedback from vendors and customers. Arranged all deliveries and logistics.
    • Iterated the web application platform following Lean Startup and Y Combinator practices. Did programming for all web app development and maintenance over the product's life, from prototype to each product iteration.
    Technologies: Python 3, Django, Startups, Full-stack Development, Celery, Front-end Development, Back-end Development, Bootstrap, REST APIs, PostgreSQL, Full-stack, Back-end, Front-end
  • Mechanical Engineer

    2011 - 2016
    Stantec Consulting
    • Conducted multiple plant-wide engineering studies on building and process heating, cooling, and ventilation systems for a municipal wastewater treatment plant. Calculated heating and ventilation loads for all buildings.
    • Performed all load and sizing calculations for a new hospital and long-term care center. Selected pumps, air handling units, and VAV boxes for a new HVAC system. Produced systems schematics for hydronic heating and cooling and ventilation systems.
    • Acted as the lead engineer, designing and drafting complete new mechanical systems for a new power engineer education center.
    • Designed complete air system (variable air volume system), heating system (hydronic heating, boiler and radiant panels, and slab heating).
    • Acted as a mechanical engineer to design a combined heat and power system for a wastewater treatment plant using waste methane from the plant process.
    • Designed a complete heating system comprising a boiler, radiant panels, baseboard elements, unit heaters, and slab heating for a vehicle garage and office combined building. The design included all equipment and pipe sizing and pipe layouts.
    Technologies: HVAC Design, Mechanical Engineering, AutoCAD, Revit, Excel 2013
  • CEO

    2010 - 2016
    • Developed a novel cranial drill in collaboration with a neurosurgeon at the University of Alberta. Designed the cranial drill in a team of five engineers.
    • Manufactured several prototypes of our cranial drill design out of surgical stainless steel.
    • Tested materials, tools, and prototypes on a combination of cadavers and other analog materials. A group of neurosurgery residents tested the final prototype in a focus group session.
    • Presented the design and prototypes to several neurosurgeons in formal and informal settings.
    Technologies: Manufacturing, Medical Devices
  • Full-stack Developer

    2008 - 2011
    University of Alberta
    • Developed web-based software and websites for both academic and administrative staff, including many websites with custom CMS capability and major projects with custom web application capability.
    • Created a custom web application for an external client using PHP and MySQL that allows users to enter Aboriginal language verbs and automatically conjugates them.
    • Developed a template for a prototype content management system for the University of Alberta's Moodle learning management system (LMS), used by approximately 40,000 students. Selected based on prior performance on Moodle templating projects.
    • Built several custom standalone websites with content management system capability for professional use by faculty, university institutes, academic journals, and student groups, using WordPress, Moodle, and CMS Made Simple (PHP, HTML, and CSS).
    Technologies: PHP, HTML, CSS, Learning Management Systems (LMS), MySQL, SQL, Full-stack, Back-end, Front-end, Full-stack Development, Front-end Development, Back-end Development


  • Complete Startup Web App (fintech)

    Built a full web application platform for an insurance brokerage startup from scratch. The web app included a user dashboard with the ability to buy and manage financial products, manage ongoing financial claims, manage accounts, and contact the support team.

    The web app was built using Next.js (React framework) with a back-end API and a full-featured front-end, including several React-based UI components using TailwindCSS and HeadlessUI. Used a PostgreSQL database with Prisma for object-relational mapping. Used Auth0 for authentication and authorization (with custom Auth0 actions for customized signup process).

    The system also included a complex component package built with React and deployed to npm, allowing partners to integrate the product into their own platforms. The package included Google Maps APIs to autocomplete an address form field and display the selected address in an embedded, dynamic Google Map.

  • Meal Hippo

    Meal Hippo is an application that provides meals from local caterers to replace home cooking. I started Meal Hippo in Spring 2020 and ran it for approximately one year as a tech startup.

    I programmed and designed Meal Hippo with the Django web framework and a Bootstrap responsive layout and UI CSS framework, with asynchronous email using Celery and Stripe for payments.

  • Spannel API

    Spannel is a delivery REST API. Developers can use the Spannel API to enable vendors to offer delivery for their online sales orders. Developers can also use the Spannel API to allow couriers to receive these delivery orders and fulfill them for vendors.

    I conceived of Spannel and designed and built the API using Django REST framework.

  • Borealhead

    Borealhead is a daily personal journal web application.

    I built Borealhead from start to finish, using React (JavaScript user interface library), interacting with a custom REST API within the Next.js framework. I used a PostgreSQL database, Prisma for object-relational mapping (ORM), Next-Auth for authentication/authorization, bcrypt for password hashing, CryptoJS for user content encryption, and the Tailwind CSS framework.


  • Languages

    JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS, PHP, Solidity, TypeScript, Python 3, SQL
  • Frameworks

    Next.js, Django, Django REST Framework, Bootstrap, Tailwind CSS, Express.js, Redux
  • Libraries/APIs

    React, Auth0 API, Web3.js, REST APIs, Stripe, D3.js, Node.js, Vue, Google Maps API, Recharts
  • Tools

    AutoCAD, Git, Auth0, Prisma, Celery, NPM
  • Platforms

    MacOS, Windows, Linux, Blockchain, Firebase
  • Other

    Mechanical Engineering, HVAC Design, Full-stack Development, Front-end Development, Back-end Development, Full-stack, Back-end, Front-end, eCommerce, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Finance, Bcrypt, Next-Auth, CryptoJS, Startups, Medical Devices, Manufacturing, Private NPM Modules
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, MongoDB, MySQL


  • Master's Degree in Business Administration
    2014 - 2020
    University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
    2006 - 2010
    University of Alberta - Edmonton, AB, Canada


  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)
    Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

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