Colin Wetherbee, Developer in Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Colin Wetherbee

Technical Leadership Developer

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Toptal Member Since
August 21, 2015

Colin has over 20 years of experience building software applications and leading engineering teams for businesses of all sizes. He has expertise in Java, JavaScript, C, C++, and Perl, and is familiar with many popular frameworks. Recently, he designed and implemented a large-scale Oracle database sharding solution for

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Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle), ETL...
Walmart Labs
Solr, Cassandra, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Java
LiveOps, Inc.
MySQL, Google Web Toolkit, Redis, OSGi, C, Java, Perl


C++ - 15 yearsPerl - 15 yearsJava - 10 yearsTechnical Leadership - 8 yearsREST APIs - 8 yearsSoftware Development Management - 8 yearsSoftware Architecture - 8 yearsNode.js - 4 years


Pittsburgh, PA, United States



Preferred Environment

IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, MacOS, Git, Vim Text Editor, Linux

The most amazing...

...thing I've designed and developed is a distributed data transformation pipeline for custom endpoints along with an application suite for Walmart Labs.

Work Experience

2015 - PRESENT

Chief Software Architect

  • Led architecture and development for a suite of data privacy products.
  • Implemented data privacy applications and SaaS services.
  • Implemented plugin integrations for ETL products like Pentaho Data Integration.
  • Managed the company's global Amazon Web Services environment.
  • Worked directly with sales prospects and customers to demo, evangelize, implement, and integrate our products.
Technologies: Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle), ETL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Java, Node.js, JavaScript
2012 - 2015

Principal Software Engineer

Walmart Labs
  • Designed and developed a distributed data transformation pipeline for custom endpoints (e.g., sending and transforming data from Oracle to Graphite for monitoring database performance), using Java.
  • Created an application suite to safely and automatically load-balance data among database shards in a home-grown sharding system using Java.
  • Architected and built a next-generation “Do What I Mean” data access layer that makes back-end storage systems opaque to the front-end application developer, using Java, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Cassandra.
  • Orchestrated my team’s Agile roadmap planning, software lifecycle, builds, continuous integration, testing, service integration efforts, and deployment.
  • Represented my team and our ideas in front of various audiences, including the company’s architecture board and executive leadership.
Technologies: Solr, Cassandra, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Java
2008 - 2012

Principal Application Engineer

LiveOps, Inc.
  • Designed the next-generation version of the real-time monitoring product.
  • Designed and implemented LiveOps’s first external single sign-on service and external API.
  • Contributed significantly to a team design for LiveOps’s first phone call and human operator management API.
  • Improved and maintained the LiveOps Access Control Service, a PCI- and HIPAA-compliant, RESTful Perl service that provided internal access to account security information.
  • Built the second-generation version of LiveOps’s Dubber product, a distributed Perl application responsible for transcoding recordings of tens of thousands of phone calls each day.
Technologies: MySQL, Google Web Toolkit, Redis, OSGi, C, Java, Perl
2007 - 2012

Proprietary Equity Trader

  • Executed manual and automatic day trades of NYSE-listed equity issues.
  • Analyzed and forecasted market trends and developed algorithms for future trading and investment strategies using Perl and PostgreSQL.
  • Earned a SEC Series #7 General Securities Registered Representative license.
Technologies: PostgreSQL, Perl
2007 - 2007

Engineering Consultant

Watts Radiant
  • Designed and developed CAD software and algorithms in C# for optimizing layout of the company’s flagship heating products in new and renovated construction.
  • Communicated regularly with mechanical engineers and marketing managers to determine software specifications and design parameters based on previous usability studies.
Technologies: .NET, C#
2006 - 2006

Research Assistant

Carnegie Mellon University
  • Participated in the design of a spiral-finned magnetic micro-capsule for performing endoscopy, biopsy, ablation, and other medical tasks in the human intestinal tract.
  • Designed and developed the C++ software control system for a bank of electromagnets that had the ability to move the aforementioned micro-capsule about its rotational axis in order to allow it to navigate the human body.
Technologies: GTK+, C++
2003 - 2006

  • Owned and operated a small-scale, Linux-based web, FTP, and email hosting company based on Perl and PostgreSQL.
Technologies: PostgreSQL, Perl
2004 - 2005

Firmware Engineer

Anritsu Corporation
  • Developed VxWorks-based embedded systems software, using C++ and Perl, to gather and transmit detailed instrumentation data during 1xEV-DO and CDMA2000 mobile device proving tests.
Technologies: EVDO, VxWorks, Perl, C++
2004 - 2004


The UTD Mercury
  • Transitioned a student newspaper’s entire website, archive, and associated data into a third-party-hosted publishing solution, using Perl for data import, transformation, and export.
Technologies: Perl
2000 - 2002


  • Implemented a 2D block-diagram development platform for composing entire embedded software applications by visually connecting blocks of code, using C++, MFC, and a variety of Texas Instruments DSP hardware.
Technologies: TI DSP C2000, Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC), C++


US Patent 10043035: Systems and Methods for Enhancing Data Protection by Anonosizing Structured and Unstructured Data and Incorporating Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Classical and Quantum Computing Environments
A patented invention in which data protection and privacy may be accomplished and enhanced with machine learning and artificial intelligence. The patent addresses data protection and privacy implications on today's computers and on quantum computers in the future.



Bash, C++, Java, Perl, SQL, C, XML, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, C#, Ruby


Dropwizard, Jersey, Boost, Hibernate, OAuth 2, .NET, OSGi, Google Web Toolkit, Apache Spark, LibGDX, Dancer, Ruby on Rails 5


REST APIs, Node.js, Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC), kundera, DBIx::Class, jQuery


Eclipse IDE, Microsoft Visual Studio, CVS, Subversion (SVN), Git, IntelliJ IDEA, Apache Maven, Jenkins, Ansible, Gradle, AWS OpsWorks, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Apache HTTP Server, Travis CI, AWS SDK, AWS IAM, GTK+, Solr, Vim Text Editor, Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle), Mercurial, Chef


Concurrent Programming, Scrum, Agile Software Development, Waterfall Development, REST, ETL, Serverless Architecture


Linux, Amazon EC2, Apache2, AWS Lambda, MacOS, Eclipse, VxWorks, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apache Kafka, Oracle


PostgreSQL, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), MongoDB, Redis, MySQL, Cassandra

Industry Expertise



Software Architecture, Software Development Management, DNS, Servers, Leadership, Technical Leadership, Networks, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Privacy, Amazon Route 53, Cryptography, TI DSP C2000, EVDO, SOAP, OpenID Connect (OIDC)


2005 - 2006

Master of Science Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University - Pennsylvania

2000 - 2005

Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics

University of Texas - Texas