Ford Hurley, Developer in New York, NY, United States
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Ford Hurley

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Software Developer

New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
July 3, 2019

Ford is a full-stack software developer with experience in a wide variety of technologies. He has built web, mobile, and desktop applications, programmed microcontrollers and FPGAs, and designed electronics and hardware. He loves working with databases and on data processing, analysis, or visualization problems. Ford has built custom tooling and automation, and uses off-the-shelf solutions when appropriate.


Uplevel Security
Docker, gRPC, React, TypeScript, Go
Gracious Eloise
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, PostgreSQL, Flask, Python, WebGL, JavaScript...
Loma Linda University
Hardware Design, Electronics, Data Analysis, Python, C++, C




Preferred Environment

Git, Linux, MacOS

The most amazing...

...project I've worked on was designing, building, and evaluating detector hardware and data acquisition systems for proton CT, a new medical imaging technique.

Work Experience

Software Engineer

2018 - 2019
Uplevel Security
  • Developed a microservice-based system using Go, Protobufs, gRPC, and neo4j.
  • Built a single page application, and data visualizations for cyber security analysis using TypeScript, React, d3, and Threejs.
  • Standardized development, CI, and production environments using Docker and docker-compose.
Technologies: Docker, gRPC, React, TypeScript, Go

Software Engineer

2013 - 2018
Gracious Eloise
  • Developed a mobile app with a novel architecture merging Swift-Java with portable Go, JavaScript, WebGL, and a Go back end.
  • Designed and implemented external APIs in Go, Python, and Ruby for our handwriting services.
  • Developed a proof-of-concept Python-based machine learning system for handwriting style analysis. This included a web app with a number of training games, data visualizations for evaluating the system, and an interface for submitting a handwriting sample and returning the closest matches.
  • Modernized the core technology stack by porting legacy software from Java to Go, and from Mathematica to Python.
  • Helped with systems operation work such as moving development to Docker, continuous integration, auto-scaling, immutable infrastructure, and instrumentation.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, PostgreSQL, Flask, Python, WebGL, JavaScript, Swift, Go

Senior Research Assistant

2008 - 2013
Loma Linda University
  • Designed, built, and evaluated the detector hardware, and data acquisition systems for proton computed tomography.
  • Oversaw the data processing, statistical analysis, and Monte Carlo simulations.
  • Developed procedures for system calibration, evaluation, and conducted experiments with the proton accelerator.
  • Optimized the computational and mathematical aspects of the image reconstruction software.
Technologies: Hardware Design, Electronics, Data Analysis, Python, C++, C

Assistant Specialist

2007 - 2008
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics
  • Performed experiments to characterize solid state charged particle detectors for the Large Hadron Collider.
  • Developed a simulation to quantify radiation damage to particle detectors.
Technologies: Microcontrollers, Python, C++, C

Digital handwriting as a service.


Expressive mobile messaging platform with digital handwriting and 3D animation. Combined WebGL, Go, Swift, and Java to build mobile apps for iOS and Android.
My personal website.

A developer tool for GLSL fragment shaders.

Online multiplayer board game in the spirit of Rummikub. Built with Go, TypeScript, and React.

FPGA Mining, Co.
The first custom Bitcoin mining hardware company.
2003 - 2007

Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics

University of California, Santa Cruz - California, USA


Three.js, React, WebGL, Node.js, Protobuf, OpenGL, D3.js


Docker Compose, CircleCI, Git, Shell


Go, TypeScript, Swift, JavaScript, Python, GLSL, C, C++, SQL


Flask, gRPC


Continuous Integration (CI)


Docker, iOS, Linux, Heroku, MacOS, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon EC2


PostgreSQL, Redis, Amazon S3 (AWS S3)


Data Analysis, Electronics, Hardware Design, Microcontrollers

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