Shelley Nason, Natural Language Processing (NLP) Developer in Atlanta, United States
Shelley Nason

Natural Language Processing (NLP) Developer in Atlanta, United States

Member since November 25, 2014
Shelley is a Java programmer and web developer with eight years of professional experience building software for the defense industry. She enjoys writing clean, correct, fast, well-documented, and well-tested code, and she has had a passion for AI since studying it during her student years. Shelley is a seasoned professional with great people skills, and is sure to be an asset to any project.
Shelley is now available for hire




Atlanta, United States



Preferred Environment

Linux/Mac, IntelliJ, Git

The most amazing... that I intend to build is my current personal project - an intelligent agent that will learn how to diagnose and fix bugs in code.


  • Software Engineer

    2015 - PRESENT (via Toptal)
    • Built RESTful endpoints for purchase and invoicing workflow.
    • Designed HTML emails for invoicing.
    • Developed a service to generate and send invoice emails.
    • Built RESTful endpoints for user account management.
    Technologies: Java, PostgreSQL, AWS Redshift, AWS SES, Dropwizard
  • Software Engineer

    2011 - 2014
    Georgia Tech Research Institute
    • Developed a new SPA-style web app for administering firewalls and specifying access policies for classified web-based services. The web app was built with Ext JS on the front-end and a RESTful Spring- and Hibernate-based back-end.
    • Overhauled a complicated GWT-based application module for handling the workflow for requesting and approving personnel access to classified programs.
    • Designed and implemented a stand-alone service to perform content inspection on uploaded files for use in a classified file sharing system. Used JMS (for reliable asynchronous communications and load-balancing) and Guava's ListenableFuture API (to manage concurrent inspection processes).
    • Integrated new and existing applications into an OpenAM-based single-sign-on framework to support access-controlled user sessions based on authorizations returned by the SSO server.
    • Profiled and diagnosed performance issues in our SSO service until it met performance requirements (doubled the requests/minute).
    • Offered meaningful and polite feedback in hundreds of code reviews for teammates and student co-ops.
    Technologies: Java EE, JavaScript, Spring, Hibernate, JMS, Ext JS, Guava, Google Web Toolkit
  • Software Engineer

    2006 - 2011
    Veloxiti, Inc.
    • Designed and implemented the next version of Veloxiti's core product, a C++-based cognitive engine, as part of a small development team.
    • Developed a graphical knowledge editing tool for Veloxiti's cognitive engine, built as a set of Java plugins to the Protege ontology editor.
    • Built a Java application to extract structured data from military operation orders and tactical chat using the GATE natural language processing toolkit.
    • Implemented Java- and Soap-based web services to communicate among Veloxiti's cognitive engine, a tool processing tactical mIRC chat, and the Army's Command Post of the Future.
    • Performed background research, interviewed experts, and wrote the final report for an SBIR Phase I project to build an expert system to assist in the estimation of Human Systems Integration costs in Naval acquisitions.
    Technologies: C++, Java, Protege Ontology Editor, GATE NLP Toolkit, SOAP


  • Soar-RL (Other amazing things)

    An integration of reinforcement learning with the Soar cognitive architecture. Graduate school research.


  • Languages

    Java, JavaScript, XML, SQL, C++, CSS, HTML, Python, Lisp, Prolog
  • Other

    Software Development, Data Structures, Algorithms, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Web Services, Single Sign-on (SSO), SOAP, SAML-auth
  • Frameworks

    Dropwizard, JavaServer Pages (JSP), JPA, Google Guava, JUnit, Spring, Mockito, Spring MVC, Apache Shiro, Spring Security, Ext JS, Hadoop, Hibernate, AngularJS, Google Web Toolkit, TestNG
  • Libraries/APIs

    JMS, Java Servlets, JDBC, Jackson, SLF4J, AMQP, jQuery, JAX-WS
  • Tools

    Apache Tomcat, Maven, Git, Eclipse IDE, Stash, IntelliJ IDEA, Jira, Apache JMeter, AWS SES, YourKit, Subversion (SVN)
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Object-oriented Design (OOD), Scrum, Distributed Programming
  • Platforms

    Linux, MacOS, Oracle
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, JSON
  • Industry Expertise

    Web Development


  • Master of Science degree in Computer Science
    2001 - 2005
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics
    1996 - 2000
    University of Chicago - Chicago, IL

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