cate barnwell

Nike Inc.

Sr. Software Engineer, May '18 – Present

  • Designed and implemented real-time data validation architecture for Nike's eCommerce and Personalisation efforts servicing 8E8+ events each day and migrated 100+ existing data sources with no interruptions for downstream consumers
  • Migrated CI/CD pipelines to use shared pipeline libraries, reducing intermittent failures and simplifying maintainabilty. Lead team-wide education effort on sustainable CI/CD practices
  • Wrote and delivered org-wide lectures on git and shell-scripting best practices with NPS > 60


Software Engineer II - Analytics & Data, March '17 – May '18

  • Designed and implemented validation engine that prevents ingestion of malformed data into reporting infrastructure and alerts upstream, producing team of errors
  • Developed ETL pipelines merging client, server data for OLAP and data products with Spark
  • Built tooling for internal Airflow-equivalent that identified root cause of pipeline breakages and all affected downstream dependencies, reducing MTTR of data outages by ~90%
  • Rewrote build tool for job scheduling with a utility that predicted deployment issues, reducing inner loop time by moving validation from deployment to compilation stage
  • Mentored team on Scala, FP, and git best practices through lunch 'n learn sessions, tech talks, and written guides

PM Lead II - Onboarding, Developer Experience, July '16 – March '17

  • PM lead for cross-functional team charged with redesigning OneNote's new/first-time user experience across all platforms.
  • Managed development and release of new in-app development platform for first- and third-party developers.

Data PM II, September '15 – July '16

  • Lead org-wide adoption of user analytics infra across mobile, desktop, and web clients; grew from zero to several billion events/day. Wrote and maintained training materials, onboarded engineering org to new platform, and developed and evolved data schema across seven clients.
  • Championed and piloted new instrumentation and experimentation platforms. Enabled organisation to perform split tests, control feature exposure, and understand user behaviour.

Program Manager, May '14 – August '15

  • Spearheaded design and development of OneNote experience on (presently) unlaunched hardware for developing markets
  • Incubated, developed, and released OneNote's Android Wear app (Microsoft's first), Microsoft Band integration
  • Contributed to feature design, business development, and evangelism for OneNote REST API

Tea With Strangers

Technical Co-founder, April '14 – May '15

  • Built MVP, grew product to tens of thousands of users. #1 on HN Frontpage
  • Recruited new maintainers and coordinated community contributions and PRs
  • Project featured in Forbes, HuffPo, The Bold Italic, The Harvard Crimson and more


PM Intern, June – September '13

  • Designed & prototyped features for OneNote REST API
  • Placed second in intern hackathon with Elect


SWE Intern, August '11 – Mar '12

  • Rewrote transit search backend, improving performance by several orders of magnitude
  • Implemented features, bug fixes, and product improvements

University of Washington, Seattle

BA English Language & Literature, September '11 – June '14

  • Dean's List Fall 2012 through Spring 2014
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.49, Major GPA: 3.77


SWE Intern, February – July '11

  • Worked with lead developer to expand integration platform
  • Provided support and guidance to third party API developers
  • Developed and maintained Python API client