Nelson Figueroa

I’m a Software Engineer with broad experience working with technologies like Ruby on Rails, Docker, Kubernetes, and Amazon Web Services. My interests include programming, cloud infrastructure, and cybersecurity. I started this blog for fun and to share my knowledge.


Software Engineer IV @ Edmunds (2020 - Present)

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  • Manage Edmunds’ cloud infrastructure on Amazon Web Services
  • Began as Software Engineer III and was promoted to Software Engineer IV
  • Assist developers with new application initiatives and infrastructure questions
  • Reduced AWS costs in the six figures range using billing dashboard and Trusted Advisor to clean up unused resources
  • Create and update AWS Service Catalog products that developers to deploy applications with ease
  • Set up Spinnaker CI/CD on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service and maintain YAML manifests
  • Migrated SES email relays to dual region setup and set up Kibana, Elasticsearch, and SSO with Okta to view email logs.
  • Deployed QA version of CCPA Requests serverless app that uses Lambdas, DynamoDB defined in Terraform
  • Partake in 24/7 on-call duty to handle any production issues that may arise
  • Set up New Relic for metrics monitoring on all NGINX nodes and set up a dashboard for observability.
  • Create redirects to maintain SEO rankings with CloudFront and Lambda@Edge functions written in Python
  • Developed and Deployed New Relic User Management Service with Python, API Gateway, Lambda, DynamoDB, and Okta.
  • Remediate security vulnerabilities across all infrastructure.

Junior DevOps Engineer @ Vitu (2019 - 2020)

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  • Self-taught Terraform, Kubernetes, and Google Cloud Platform
  • Developed Terraform resources and modules to provision GCP infrastructure including: VPC networks, subnets, DNS, PostgreSQL databases, Redis stores, Linux virtual machines, and Kubernetes clusters
  • Wrote Dockerfiles to containerize .NET Core, Vue.js, and Angular applications
  • Created and managed Dev, Stage, and Production environments for several applications
  • Defined and managed Kubernetes objects in YAML, including: Namespaces, Deployments, Secrets, Horizontal Pod Autoscalers, Services, Managed Certificates, and Ingresses
  • Automated creation of Docker images and Kubernetes deployment using Google Cloud Build CI/CD
  • Improved production deployment speed and reduced downtime associated with production changes
  • Resolved production issues with databases, applications, and load balancers on a 24/7 basis

Software Engineering Intern @ Dollar Shave Club (2019)

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  • Used Ruby on Rails to refactor Collateral Injection service, which supports over 3 million customers
  • Learned and applied Test-Driven Development using RSpec to deliver well-tested features

Software Engineer @ California State University, Northridge (2018 - 2019)

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  • Self-taught Ruby on Rails and began delivering production features within the first 2 months
  • Led development of the National Center on Deafness web app, serving 30,000+ students and faculty
  • Worked directly with customers in an Agile/Scrum environment to deliver features
  • Implemented LDAP authentication API successfully without interrupting live services
  • Used New Relic to analyze and improve slow SQL queries, reducing multiple query times by 30-50%
  • Updated application front ends using Bootstrap and JavaScript
  • Deployed production changes to EC2 instances on Amazon Web Services on a weekly basis
  • Wrote documentation for applications and trained incoming engineers


Programming/Scripting: Ruby, Python, Bash, Go

Web Technologies: Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Bootstrap CSS, Bulma CSS

Databases: MySQL, SQLite 3, PostgreSQL

Infrastructure: Docker, Terraform, Kubernetes, CI/CD (Google Cloud Build, GitHub Actions, Jenkins, Spinnaker)

Cloud: Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform

Operating Systems: Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, Kali), MacOS, Windows 10

Other: Command Line, Agile/Scrum, Jira, Git, RSpec


California State University, Northridge

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology (2019)

Open-Source Contributions

Simplified and community-driven “cheat sheet” for command line tools.

Contributed practical examples for the following commands:


Tech: Programming, DevOps/Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Privacy

Hobbies: Videogames, Electric Guitar

Games: Overwatch, Factorio, Red Dead Redemption 2, Stardew Valley, Halo

Shows: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, The Mandalorian, The Eric Andre Show, The Boys, Succession, Invincible, BoJack Horseman, Silicon Valley, The Boondocks

Music: I mainly listen to Death Metal and Black Metal. Check out my Bandcamp collection.