Nathan Brake, Developer in Pittsburgh, PA, United States
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Nathan Brake

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Developer

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Toptal Member Since
November 27, 2020

Nathan a software engineer who loves spending his time solving problems related to networking, data management, CI/CD workflow efficiency, and deployment architectures. He has over five years of experience with C+, JavaScript, React, and an assortment of other server frameworks.



Preferred Environment

Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Visual Studio, Slack, MacOS

The most amazing...

...thing I’ve developed is a gRPC-based C++ server for speech recognition.

Work Experience

Advanced Software Development Engineer

2019 - PRESENT
M*Modal | 3M
  • Improved CI/CD efficiency by designing and implementing Jenkinsfile (written in Groovy) to manage the automated build process.
  • Developed C++ Node.js add on module to integrate existing C++ speech recognition toolkit into a web server.
  • Developed gRPC Web Server to stream audio and manage user sessions.
Technologies: Docker, Jenkins, JavaScript, C++

Software Engineer

2019 - 2019
Hitachi Rail STS
  • Designed and developed new web client JavaScript algorithms to decode binary data. Created an algorithm that was over 900 times faster than the original design.
  • Pioneered an automated system test design for a specific embedded system device. System tests were written in Python using the Gauge test framework and the Selenium Chrome WebDriver.
  • Designed, developed, and documented API endpoints written in C to deliver binary data from a custom embedded Linux web server, including the calculation of an MD5 checksum to verify data integrity.
Technologies: Python 3, JavaScript

Software Engineer

2019 - 2019
Bechtel Plant Machinery
  • Oversaw and project-managed an electric power distribution instrumentation and control system.
  • Represented BPMI and optimized communication streams between companies at a component supplier where I was placed on special assignment as an onsite representative.
  • Led development of React and Express.js-based application to forecast component obsolescence for stock level analysis.
Technologies: JavaScript, Python 3

Social Network
A social network framework built with React, Node.js, Express.js, and MongoDB. The social network allowed for user profile creation and management, post creation, friend management, and comments and reviews.


Node.js, React


Jenkins, Visual Studio


Docker, MacOS, Kubernetes


C++, Python 3, JavaScript, Embedded C++, Embedded C


Express.js, gRPC


Machine Learning, Software Architecture, Circuit Design, Circuit Diagrams, Artificial Intelligence (AI)



2018 - 2020

Master's Degree in Computer Science

Georgia Tech - Online

2011 - 2015

Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering

Grove City College - Grove City, PA