Drew Hylbert is a software engineer in the Bio/Nano Research group. He focuses on platform components used in Bio/Nano research workflows. Drew is passionate about enabling the generation of insights from large data sets through systems automation and efficient dataset management algorithms. His areas of expertise include developer operations automation, linearly-scalable data storage/processing infrastructure, and content targeting/relevancy algorithms.
Drew became passionate about programming in middle school, building games and problem solving tools for TI graphing calculators. After attending the College of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Drew held a series of professional software engineering positions with focuses on data management and “big data” practices. While at Yahoo, Drew contributed to the distributed storage and processing (map/reduce) framework that delivered content targeting models using Yahoo’s terabytes of daily site usage data. He then went on to build systems infrastructure and relevancy systems for hi5.com, a social network with over 70M MAUs in 2009. After 6 years of engineering management, Drew returned to his passion of writing software, joining Autodesk in late 2015.
When not writing software, Drew enjoys cooking, photography, and hockey, both playing and watching. It’s been said he’s obsessed with hockey, but what Chicago Blackhawks fan isn’t? He’s also a bit of a news junkie and greatly enjoys using Twitter. Drew still gets a real newspaper and may be seen jogging on the Embarcadero in the morning.
San Francisco, CA 94111