Jake Kent

Jake Kent

Software Engineer







Work Experience

Software Engineer / Lightmatter
Sept 2017 - Current

  • Working as a web developer and software engineer on Django/Python, JS framework and iOS web applications. See Portfolio for more details.

Software Engineer (Volunteer) / Taipei Language Institute (Repo)
July 2017

  • Worked entirely in Mandarin Chinese with a Taiwanese team to develop a video conferencing system for students and teachers at the Taipei Language Institute around the world.
  • Used an Ubuntu server paired with a Kurento Media Server to stream live video between a scalable number of students and teachers through Websocket and WebRTC.

Head of Tech/Webmaster/Lead Developer / ArchHacks (Repo)
January 2016 - August 2017

  • Built the website for ArchHacks, Wash U's premier hackathon, from scratch integrating Flask with an Apache server
  • Collaborated with a site designer and mentored several other site developers to drive over 50,000 page views from nearly 14,000 unique users to the site
  • Served as the de-facto head of tech/tech logistics for ArchHacks: setting up archhacks.io emails, maintaining the devpost site and collaborating on Python scripts to handle downloading 2500 resumes from urls and running a cornhole tournament

Teaching Assistant / WUSTL CSE 330
January 2016 - May 2017

  • The Assistant Head TA during the Spring 2017 semester.
  • Served as a teaching assistant for this rapid prototype development and creative programming web development course.
  • Led lab hours and held office hours to supplement the course's video lectures and help students address issues with developing fully formed websites and software with

Software Engineering Intern / Lightmatter
May 2016 - August 2016

  • Collaborated with executives and the engineering team to complete top priority client work and internal productivity improvement software.
  • Built a large part of the Paladin (https://www.joinpaladin.com/) website MVP front-end with a senior engineer.
  • Created and implemented software on a new Heroku instance that pulled data from the GitHub, Pivotal Tracker, Google Apps and Slack APIs to keep track of and improve the productivity of all engineers at the firm.
  • Also learned QA protocol, industry best-practices Python and Django testing, and email templating and worked on the firm’s Django setup scripts.

Web Developer Intern / TFI
May 2015 - August 2015

  • Improved functionality and restructured the site homepage including building and implementing a JS carousel and nav bar, and a “Support Us” popout.
  • Redesigned global site grid/layout involving restructuring several MySQL queries.
  • Consistently invited to present my work and ideas at weekly development and “all-staff” meetings.
  • To explore even more details of my work at the TFI, check out: (Portfolio)

Web Developer Intern and Consultant (fall 2015) / TDIA and TDIA
May 2015 - August 2015

  • Completely redesigned the TDIA website, rebuilding all site pages to improve functionality and appearance.

Web Developer Intern / Democracy.com
May 2015 - August 2015

  • Partnered with a senior engineer to provide user support, troubleshoot, and develop new features.
  • Helped debug issues with campaign contributions and direct deposit bank account.
  • Optimized candidate database loading process by ten times.
  • Created many UI elements including popups, charts and new pages. Dynamically generated user alert emails.


Washington University in St. Louis
2013 - 2017

Computer Science - member of the WUSTL engineering school Dean's List

Bard High School Early College
2009 - 2013

NYC DOE High School Diploma / A.A. (Bard College) - graduated with honors