Derek Gourlay's Website

About Me

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Hi, I'm Derek!

I am a Software Engineer that thrives at the boundary between technology, business requirements, and the physical world. I enjoy working on systems and tangible products customers directly interact with.
I do not shy away from wearing the hat of both a developer and TPM as project requirements dictate and enjoy the opportunity to work closely with customers and project stake holders whenever possible.

As an experienced full-stack developer, I have had the opportunity to work on large, scalable, and highly performant distributed systems. This includes working with a multitude of web-application and service deffinition frameworks, the full range of AWS product offerings, and multiple programming languages (java, scala, ruby, javascript, html, etc.)

I am passionate about technology, and enjoy working in a role that allows me to 'get out into the field' and collect buisness requirements, design and implement systems that benefit customers, and have a direct impact on the bottom-line of a company.


Here are some interesting facts about me:

  • I enjoy both high and low-level  software development
  • My middle name is Bachelor and is descendant from family heritage
  • I dabble in embeded development projects and robotics as a hobby
  • I was declared 2006 Time Magazine's Person of the Year
  • I like to travel and quite enjoy culinary arts
  • I've recently been trying to switch my keyboard to a Colemak layout


While I have owned my domain name for quite some time, this website itself is relatively new. I've split it into two main sections: a blog and my professional profile.  I plan to populate the blog portion of my website with everything from projects I may be working upon to articles and research I find interesting.  The professional profile portion of my website is to be dedicated to outlining who I am and my credentials to any prospective employers. So go explore my website!