Jed Helmers, Developer in Dayton, OH, United States
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Jed Helmers

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Software Developer

Dayton, OH, United States
Toptal Member Since
June 24, 2020

With a diverse background spanning military, linguistics, business, art, design, and software engineering, Jed has the knowledge and experience to quickly spin up a new project or onboard into an existing one. He is absolutely fascinated by both low-level programming as well as high-level, front-end programming.


Mile Two
Node.js, Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, Material UI, GraphQL, NestJS, TypeORM...
Node.js, React Native, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, React, User Interface (UI), SQL...
HTML, JavaScript, Design, Desktop Web Design, Mobile Web Design, CSS, HTML5...




Preferred Environment

Slack, MacOS, Atom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js

The most amazing...

...thing I've created is an API generator that takes raw SQL, extracts meaning into JSON, and generates new APIs in various frameworks, complete with unit tests.

Work Experience

Senior Software Engineer

2020 - PRESENT
Mile Two
  • Built and dockerized NestJS, Apollo, Flask APIs, and PostgreSQL databases.
  • Built a multi-platform desktop application in PySide6 to transfer large amounts of data between isolated lab machines and a centralized data hub.
  • Mentored junior engineers through paired programming, reviews, and exercises.
  • Created a robust Photoshop desktop application clone in PySide6.
  • Tightened API/client security with the popular OAuth2-based, single sign-on security wrapper, Keycloak.
  • Drafted technical manuals, guidelines, and documentation.
  • Built custom data visualization (Gantt charts, pie charts, graphs, etc.) in JavaScript.
Technologies: Node.js, Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, Material UI, GraphQL, NestJS, TypeORM, Redux, CSS, HTML5, React, SQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL, C++, Express.js, HTML, APIs, Docker, Jest, Tailwind CSS, Git, PySide, Qt 5, PyQt, Front-end

Senior Software Engineer

2019 - 2020
  • Developed and maintained the Caresource mobile app in React Native.
  • Developed and maintained portions of the API in Node.js.
  • Mentored, guided, and performed code review for junior developers.
  • Helped in architecture decisions and CI/CD pipeline development.
  • Created and expanded a complex Redux system on mobile platforms.
  • Integrated React and Redux into advanced prototypes in Framer.
Technologies: Node.js, React Native, JavaScript, CSS, HTML5, React, User Interface (UI), SQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redux, Firebase, HTML, APIs, TypeScript, Docker, GraphQL, TypeORM, Jest, Git, Front-end

UI/UX Designer

2017 - 2019
  • Modified the existing software to correct errors, expand functionality, and upgrade interfaces to improve user experience.
  • Collaborated closely with designers and developers to design, develop, and implement robust mobile and desktop solutions.
  • Created design systems to bridge the gap between design and development.
Technologies: HTML, JavaScript, Design, Desktop Web Design, Mobile Web Design, CSS, HTML5, React, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), SQL, PostgreSQL, Redux, APIs, Git

Art Director

2014 - 2017
Dayton City Paper
  • Created design standards for the Dayton City Paper to ensure consistency from cover to cover for hundreds of issues.
  • Reclaimed website from ISIS through linguistic analysis, custom algorithms, and PHP scripting.
  • Tracked network hackers using custom honey-traps written in PHP.
Technologies: MySQL, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, CSS, HTML5, React, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), SQL, PostgreSQL, Express.js, APIs, WordPress, WordPress Themes

Cryptologic Linguist | Intelligence Analyst

2005 - 2011
US Air Force
  • Wrote numerous Python, VBA, and Perl programs to expedite daily workflow and increased productivity by 33%.
  • Advised leadership frequently on the validity of actionable targets.
  • Received the NSA Star Award for processing thousands of items/reports.
Technologies: C++, Perl, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Python, JavaScript, Arabic-English Translation, CSS, HTML5, SQL, PostgreSQL, HTML, APIs

Caresource Mobile App
Developed a React Native mobile application for managing member information. The application is HIPPA-compliant to protect user information. Users can create accounts, link existing and expired accounts, and display insurance cards.

MtCV: MIDI to Control Voltage (CV) Converter

Participated in the MIDI to CV (MtCV) project, aimed at those needing to send digital signals into an analog synthesizer environment. In a nutshell, it brings in MIDI signals, splits chords across eight possible channels, then converts the matrix of binary signals into raw voltage.
MtCV was designed on an Atmega328 chip architecture and coded up in C++. I designed the circuit paths and etched the circuit boards myself. This project was a fun, multi-discipline labor of love.

Deep Learning for Medical Image Analysis

A Tensorflow-based exploratory journey through the medical imaging world in Python. This project involves training a lot of AI models, mostly convolutional neural networks and recursive neural networks to categorize X-Rays, CT scans, and MRIs. This is an incredibly fun project.
2021 - 2022

Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering

The University of Colorado Boulder - Boulder, CA

2011 - 2014

Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts

University of Dayton - Dayton, OH

2008 - 2010

Bachelor's Degree in Business

American Military University - Virginia

2005 - 2007

Associate Degree in Modern Standard Arabic

Defense Language Institute - Monterey, CA


Introduction to Machine Learning with TensorFlow Nanodegree



iOS Developer Nanodegree



React Nanodegree



React, Node.js, TensorFlow, D3.js, Vue, PySide, PyQt


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Redux Thunk, Git, Postman, Slack, Adobe InDesign, Atom


JavaScript, HTML, CSS, HTML5, Python, SQL, TypeScript, C++, PHP, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Perl, GraphQL, Verilog HDL, Ruby


React Native, Redux, Jest, Tailwind CSS, Ruby on Rails (RoR), Flask, Express.js, NestJS, Electron, Material UI, Qt 5


PostgreSQL, MySQL, NoSQL


Agile Software Development, Desktop Web Design, Mobile Web Design


WordPress, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Firebase, MacOS, Docker, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)


Front-end, Graphics, Framer X, Lottie, APIs, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Artificial Intelligence (AI), TypeORM, FPGA, Power Electronics, Battery Management Systems, Design, Arabic-English Translation, WordPress Themes

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