Brent Walther

experience

Google Seattle, WA
Software Engineer III • Google Maps for Android • Oct 2017 – Present

  • Implemented client side and a significant amount of server-side code to double the number of eligible commute notifications users
  • Implemented four separate experiments to improve quality and click metrics for commute notifications. All four had successful outcomes

Google Seattle, WA
Software Engineer II • Google Maps for Android • Aug 2016 – Oct 2017

  • Implemented new traffic-jam rendering logic and a brand new traffic-polyline generator that integrated with the map rendering team's brand new APIs
  • Launched a new traffic incident inspection card which integrated three new pieces of incident metadata in over 20 languages
  • Fixed two major accessibility issues within aGMM; one in the directions page header and one relating to TalkBack behavior within a scrolling view
  • Launched an Android shortcut and in-app promo for it in aGMM. The promo gets a 7% CTR. The shortcut is responsible for about 6% of all external invocations of the app to the traffic hub screen in aGMM.

Google Seattle, WA
Software Engineering Intern • Google Maps for Android • May 2015 – Aug 2015

  • Built two production ready features that both ended up launching
  • Turned a mock from a slide deck into a fully functioning feature touching each piece of Google's multi-tiered directions stack
  • Designed and implemented a new data format for the internal Google Maps Directions/Navigation API
  • Prototyped 3 different ideas for a directions UI improvement and fully implemented one of them

AskU College Station, TX
Software Engineer • Platform/Mobile App • Sept 2014 – May 2015

  • Implemented and launched several features on the web platform utilizing Ruby on Rails, Javascript, Angular, ElasticSearch, AWS EC2 and S3
  • Implemented and launched several features on the mobile platform built with Angular and Ionic framework
  • Designed and executed 5 A/B test experiments that increased user activation and retention

Google Mountain View, CA
Software Engineering Intern • Java Platform • May 2014 – Aug 2014

  • Designed and implemented a web-based visualization to see real-time JVM heap stats
  • Improved a garbage collection event serialization HTTP endpoint to export data for the visualization
  • Added a prototype monitoring interface to the JVM to classify different kinds of internal JVM memory usage

Notequill College Station, TX
Co-Founder • Feb 2013 – Mar 2014

  • Co-Developed Notequill's "digital canvas" using HTML5 Canvas element and Javascript/jQuery
  • Designed and engineered the platform from the ground up using PHP, MySQL, jQuery, Twitter Bootstrap, and RedbeanPHP
  • Co-Invented provisional patent application #61/847,713 "Note Recorder System and Method" filed July 18, 2013

DATATRAK International Bryan, TX
Software Developer Associate I • Jan 2013 – Mar 2014

  • Developed and maintained the core platform using Java, JSP, Javascript/jQuery, HTML, CSS, SQL, and XML
  • Made necessary platform refactorings to replace platform ORM Oracle Toplink with JPA/EclipseLink
  • Improved JSP display by 250+% across the platform by fixing an i18n bug I found using JProfiler
  • Sped up an enormous release by helping document product requirements and performing integration testing

leadership

Google Intern Host (Summer 2018) – Hosted two Google Engineering Practicum Interns

aggieHack(web) Sponsor and Planner (Fall 2013) – Planned and organized this 100 member hackathon event at Texas A&M. Developed three of the four lightning challenges and served as a mentor to hackers that were new to web development.

honors

3x Distinguished Student Award: Given to students who have Outstanding Academic Achievement

skills

Languages: Java, C++, Proto, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, SQL

Technologies: Protocol Buffers, Git, Angular, Google Closure, Elasticsearch

education

Texas A&M University College Station, TX
Masters (MCS) in Computer Science • GPA 3.6 • Graduated: May 2016
Bachelors (BS) in Computer Science • GPA 3.3 • Graduated: May 2014
Startup Aggieland Entrepreneur in Residence (2013-2014)