Danne Stayskal

Seattle, WA


My background covers engineering, management, and direction of teams and secure, scalable software systems. These positions leverage my strengths in artificial intelligence, cryptography, and computational linguistics to deliver products on time, on spec, and on budget.


The University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies
in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence
Completed summa cum laude


Management and Directorship
Agile, Scrum, Licensing, Capacity Modeling, Specifications, Standards, Training, Planning
Software Engineering
Perl, Ruby, Rails, PHP, Java, Python, JavaScript, Node, Erlang
Data Engineering
MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Neo4J, Redis, Memcache
Test Automation
Rspec, Rcov, Cucumber, TDD, BDD
DevOps and Systems Engineering
Capistrano, Chef, Puppet, Salt, Nagios, OpsView
UX and Front-end Engineering
HTML, CSS, HAML, SASS, JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, Wireframes
Penetration Testing
NMap, Nessus, Metasploit, BASH, Perl, Python
Mobile Engineering
Android, Eclipse, Java, iOS, Objective-C, iPhone

Areas of Focus

  • Artificial Intelligence Engineering
  • Cryptography and cryptosystem design
  • Scalability analysis, fault-tolerance, capacity modeling
  • Disaster planning, testing, and recovery
  • Natural language processing
  • Social geometry and graph data processing
  • Internationalization (i18n) and Localization (l10n)
  • Mesh networking and radio-frequency optimization
  • Algorithm optimization, research, and development

Summary of Accomplishments

Work Experience


Principal Engineer, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Lifelong Analytics

A personal data analytics startup
Artificial Intelligence Engineer
Designed, developed, and maintained web software that helps people identify patterns, anomalies, and trends in their day-to-day life data.
Ruby, Rails, Sidekiq, Rspec, R, Hadoop, PostgreSQL, Python


A startup based in New York City
Staff Engineer
Developed and maintained a web-based enterprise customer communications application. Performed cryptographic implementation reviews and fixes. Maintained security posture and scalability of the application. Built front-end and infrastructure features to improve product marketability.
Ruby, Rails, Heroku, AWS, Sidekiq, Rspec, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, TDD, Agile


A digital product agency in Portland, Oregon
Staff Engineer / Lead
Leading builds in software, systems, devops, network, and mobile engineering disciplines. Prototyped algorithms for computer vision, augmented reality, ranking, and categorization systems. Led improvements of one publicly-traded company's Rails ecommerce web application performance by 1,108 percent, and another's PHP ecommerce application by 408 percent. Optimized queries, data transform procedures, and Linux kernel TCP/IP stack parameters. Architected, built, and maintained load-balanced, scalable IP network and relational data processing systems. Led research and development efforts to prototype bluetooth integrations and heads-up display software. Developed, deployed, and code reviewed web and mobile front-end builds.
Engineering Director
Built an engineering team regionally renowned for amazing digital products. Helped grow the firm from 6 people to being on the INC 5000 fastest privately-owned companies list and the Portland Business Journal's fastest growing companies list—three years in a row. Directed and hosted bi-weekly tech talks on cutting-edge languages, databases, and programming techniques. Negotiated on-call procedure respectful of both customer needs and work/life balance. Wrote and edited coding standards, functional specifications, systems and software architecture documentation, and engineering procedures. Mentored senior and junior engineers in agile, secure, scalable, test-driven development practices through pair programming and daily code commits. Served as-needed as interim project manager.
Lead Software Engineer
Retrofitted all legacy systems with monitoring and capacity planning tools. Automated testing, deploy, and rollback procedures. Secured, documented and standardized servers, networks and application clusters. Developed cryptographic model for financial data processing for the state of Oregon. Led discovery and documentation efforts for customers' legacy network systems. Ran monthly penetration tests against a local credit union's systems. Authored and delivered vulnerability reports. Measurably improved capacity, availability, and performance of all legacy systems. Developed, deployed, and maintained rails and node web applications for numerous local businesses.
Ruby, Rails, MongoDB, Redis, Linux, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Chef, Neo4j, Redis, JavaScript, Node, Perl, Python, Erlang, iOS, Objective-C, Java, Android, Bluetooth, NetScaler, Cisco, Memcached, TDD, Agile


An auto dealership software development firm and agency in Dallas, Texas
Senior Systems and Software Engineer
Designed, developed, documented, and managed a full stack perl CGI web applications. Implemented scalable capacity modeling and failure control systems, fully automated build, test, and deployment operations, overhauled unit and functional test systems, and optimized databases. Integrated Amazon S3 and SMS messaging support. Maintained internal network and development systems. Added mapping support to iPhone application. Developed company coding style and best practice guidelines.
Perl, Apache, MySQL, FreeBSD, Linux, Nagios, JavaScript, Objective-C, Erlang, TDD, Agile

Elbit Systems of America

A multinational defense contractor headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Software Engineer, Advanced Systems Research and Development
Adapted and maintained web-based, data-driven failure analysis and corrective action system. Performed information assurance and security certification for RF and network systems. Secured and deployed counter-IED cellphone jammers systems. Designed and prototyped software, firmware, and hardware for embedded cryptographic and language processing devices. Wrote and adapted Linux kernel cryptographic modules. Designed user experience (UX) and mathematical models for ground and aircraft navigation systems. Led international engineering effort to design, develop, and deploy a nation's grid network testing infrastructure. Trained software interns in agile methodologies and secure development practices. Performed statistical analysis and mathematical airflow modeling for rotorcraft systems. Debugged network protocol stack implementations. Authored, designed, reviewed, and edited specifications, manuals, software documentation, and marketing materials.
Linux, GNU Tools, C++, Windows CE, Visual Studio, Maple, Wireshark, Nmap, DITSCAP

Superhero Networks

An Internet service provider based in Mansfield, Texas
Senior Software Engineer, Senior Systems Administrator
Designed, developed, deployed, and administered turnkey software and systems for internet service provisioning, support ticket management, billing automation, deployment automation, and customer relationship management. Maintained fault-tolerant mail, DNS, authentication, directory services, database, and support ticket systems. Provided third-tier tech support to customers as needed. Re-cabled two dozen racks of hardware according to IEEE 802.3 specifications. Authored documentation and test procedures.
Perl, mod_perl, Apache, Linux, DJBDNS, Windows 2000, Qmail, Radiator, Active Directory

American Health Underwriters

An insurance underwriter based in Fort Worth, Texas
Software Developer, Network Administrator
Developed telecommunications interface and control systems. Managed medium-scale network platform migration from Novell to GNU/Linux. Managed T1 voice and data circuits. Designed, deployed and administered email, web, backup, data warehousing, billing, and quality assurance systems. Maintained hybrid TCP/IP and IPX/SPX network.
Novell NetWare, Windows XP, Visual Basic, JavaScript, Linux, Qmail, Cyrus IMAP

Expert Computer Systems

A computer repair shop in Euless, Texas
Systems and Network Technician
Diagnosed and repaired desktops, servers, laptops, displays, and printers. Became the youngest on record to earn full certifications in IBM hardware repair. Became certified in Microsoft and Novell operating systems, and Samsung phone system configuration. Built company reputation as regional subject matter expert for Apple hardware and software. Designed and integrated 400-node hybrid TCP/IP and IPX/SPX metropolitan-area fiber and copper network for a local school district.
Novell NetWare, Windows, DOS, Self-built diagnostics tools

Contracts and Project Work


An email encryption startup
Cryptosystems Engineering
Designed, developed, and maintained cryptographically secure and scalable software and systems to process email traffic.
Node.js, JavaScript, Haraka


A network security software company
Artificial Intelligence Engineering
Developed and maintained software to secure customer AWS clusters through automated security scans of compute, load balancer, and configuration management systems. Kept vulnerability scanners up to date with leading threats. Build and led a distributed data science team.
Ruby, Rails, AWS, Sidekiq, Rspec, Agile, R, Python, Elastic MapReduce, Hadoop, PostgreSQL

Company Confidential

A defense electronics firm in Dallas, Texas
Independent Contractor
Designed cryptographic infrastructure for rotorcraft real-time embedded data storage and retrieval device. This was the first dedicated, commercial flight safety data recorders for military helicopters.

Binary Spring

A web application research and development firm based in Arlington, Texas
Senior Software Developer
Prototyped software in interdisciplinary research lab. Coordinated global network of developers and designers to produce full-stack Ruby on Rails applications. Developed user experience and interface models. Automated configuration management and deployment processes.
Ruby, Rails, Linux, Windows Server 2000, Microsoft SQL Server, Capistrano

Company Confidential

A travel agency based in Arlington, Texas
Independent Contractor
Designed, developed, and deployed neural network-driven weather, demographics, and airfare tracking, categorization, and prediction model.
Perl, Linux, MySQL, Windows Server 2000, Visual Studio


A network and systems engineering firm based in North Richland Hills, Texas
Senior Systems Engineer, Vice President of Infrastructure Division
Designed, deployed, and maintained fault-tolerant DNS, web, authentication, mail, database, and provisioning systems for an internet service provider. Developed and deployed wide and metropolitan-area wireless network and support systems. Maintained VOIP infrastructure on Cisco and Mikrotik hardware.
FreeBSD, Qmail, Apache, DJBDNS, FreeRADIUS, 802.11, Active Directory, MikroTik

Company Confidential

A multinational phone service reseller
Independent Contractor
Designed and implemented convergent VOIP network on Cisco hardware.
Cisco, Linux

Comprehensive Consulting

A nursing home management company based in Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Software and Systems Engineer, Research and Development
Developed applications to manage human resources and web content. Configured and maintained Cisco routing equipment. Coordinated with multiple offices to maintain WAN across three states.
Linux, Perl, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Cisco

Company Confidential

A security engineering firm based in Boston, Massachusetts
Independent Contractor
Developed and tested eigenspatial biometric facial recognition access control system for a security company.
Windows 2000, Visual Studio, Visual C++


A roofing materials manufacturer based in Grand Prairie, Texas
1995 (summer)
Independent Contractor
Entered the technical workforce at age 15. Built three dozen computers from piles of older spare parts for the roofing materials engineering company to sell at discount to its employees. Tuned clients for better network performance.
Novell NetWare, Windows, DOS

Academic Research Labs

Speech Rhythm and Prosody Lab

University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Linguistics and TESOL
Wrote linguistic analysis system to process lexicon, phonology, and morphophonology of 260 spoken languages. Writing speech recognition routines to syllabify speech stream and extract prosodic suprasegmental features of pitch, duration, and stress. Designed and implementing software to aid in the study of pitch-accent languages through automatic transcription and vowel-duration measurements. Lab directed by Dr. Jerold Edmondson.
CMU Sphinx, Perl, Python, Ruby, Rails

Dispositional Risk Influence Study

University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Psychology
Earned Human Subjects Research Compliance certification, Administered weekly study under IRB guidelines. Lab directed by Dr. Dan Levine.

Rational Decision Making Lab

University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Psychology
Developed card game software to evaluate a subject's performance on the Iowa Gambling Task through weekly iterations. Lab directed by Dr. Timothy Odegard.
Visual Basic, Visual Studio, Windows Server 2000

Volunteer Experience

Co-founder, lead
Coordinated logistics and engineering for multiple large-scale, ruggedized art installations in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals. Lighting designer and engineer for numerous local art installations. Authored conduct guidelines and led the art support camp.
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, C++, Python
Lead, Cryptographer
Built, deployed, and maintained cryptographically secure software and systems to provide mapping and communication tools for activists to use during large-scale political demonstrations. Maintainer of the collective's Infoshop; a library of art and literature to build a free society of free people.
MySQL, PHP, iOS, Android, Tor, PGP, OTR
Built and administered a radically inclusive hackerspace / makerspace in Portland, Oregon. Building managerial data processing systems. Provisioning and maintaining library and computing equipment. Scheduling and presenting talks and workshops.
Hackerspace, Makerspace
Director of Operations, Site Administrator
Directed a volunteer staff to grow one of the Internet's oldest and largest writing communities. Developed content and legal strategies for the site's administrative team. Tuned intellectual property guidelines. Developed and maintained site's open source codebase. Served as content editor as needed for articles on computing, networking, and language.
Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl, mod_perl

La Casa de la Esperanza

2003–2005 (seasonal)
Volunteer Engineer
Collected donations of computer and network hardware for an orphanage in Mexico. Designed and integrated donated parts into educational network over three summer trips. Led transportation and deployment effort in main facility in Anahuac, Chihuahua, Mexico. Documented network architecture and provided training to the home's staff.
Linux, OpenOffice, Samba

Selected Interviews

  • April 2016 – Interviewed by Katsura Balanza on my mathematical life-planning tools.
  • December 2010 – Interviewed by the Portland Business Journal on my support of the local open source and unconference communities.
  • March 2009 – Interviewed by Michigan State University on my experience directing the writing community.
  • July 2004 – Interviewed by Jessica Freeman with UTA Shorthorn for article on digital culture on university campuses.

Selected Publications

  • The Visceral Society: The Decay and Reconstruction of Human Rights in Modernity. Stayskal, Danne. 2008.
  • Owning Conversation: The intersections of the language, economics, and politics of property. Stayskal, Danne. 2008.

Selected Talks

  • Emulating the beauty of nature with light and algorithms at The Conclave Sessions, MOKEDO, Seattle, 2016.
  • Seeing sound, hearing light: Welcome to synaesthesia. Danne Stayskal at TEDx, Salem, Oregon, 2014.
  • You Don't Need Permission: The Art and Science of Secure Communication. Danne Stayskal at TEDx, Concordia University, Portland, 2014.
  • The Internet Under Siege and the Rise of Cyber Insurgency. Kyle Terry and Danne Stayskal at Resistance Ecology Conference 2013.
  • Everone is connected: Measuring Social Geography with Graph Databases. Danne Stayskal at Copious, 2013.
  • Improving Software Predictability with Haskell. Danne Stayskal at Copious, 2013.
  • Decentralized Crisis Communications Coordination. Danne Stayskal and Kyle Terry at Collective Agency, 2012.
  • Augmenting Reality with Simulated Synaesthesia. Danne Stayskal and Jillian Ada Burrows at CyborgCamp Portland, 2012.
  • Cryptogrphic Security in Digital Archivism. Stayskal, Danne. Part of the "Electronic Records Management: Setting up a Stable, Secure Network" panel. Danne Stayskal and Jennifer Mundy at Portland Alliance for Response, Reed College, 2012.
  • Censorship Circumvention with Open Source Tools. Danne Stayskal at Hackmeet, Noisebridge 2011.

Selected Art Installations

  • Synferno (Lead artist and engineer), a system of synchronized flame effects for Tautology's Burning Man sound system; Receipient of Ignition Northwest art grant, exhibited at Critical Northwest, Granite Falls, WA, in 2017.
  • Shadows (Lighting and sound designer, supporting engineer), an interactive light sculpture; Recipient of a regional grant from Kiwiburn, exhibited at KiwiBurn, New Zealand, 2017, Recipient of a grant for Burien Arts A’Glow, Seattle, WA, 2017.
  • Simon 2.0 (Supporting engineer), a large, fire-breathing version of the classic children's memory game; Recipient of an honorarium grant from Black Rock Arts Foundation, exhibited at Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV, in 2015; exhibited at Cascadia in Granite Falls, WA in 2016; exhibited at SeaCompression in Seattle, WA in 2016.
  • Sea Foam (Lighting designer, lead engineer), a lighting installation exhibited at SeaCompression in Seattle, WA in 2016.
  • Rebirth (Lead artist and engineer), a lighting installation installed in the Seattle Conservatory in 2016, exhibited at Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV, 2015.
  • Inflection (Lighting and Power Lead), a large, wooden bridge with a mobius twist; Recipient of an honorarium grant from Black Rock Arts Foundation, exhibited at Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV in 2015; exhibited at Critical Northwest in Mount Vernon, WA in 2015.
  • Silk Road (Lead engineer, a series of arches in the diverse architectural styles of each major city along the ancient Silk Road; Recpiient of an honorarium grant from Black Rock Arts Foundation, exhibited at Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV in 2014; exhibited at Critical Northwest in Mount Vernon, WA in 2014.