• BSc Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Aberystwyth University (Wales, UK)

Ollie Saunders

Software Development & DevOps Manager

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation:

“With my industry background working at small businesses, I was drawn to the Center because I felt that it combined the best parts of working at a startup (cutting edge projects, autonomy and the ability to have a large individual impact) with the resources and opportunities afforded by working at one of the world’s foremost universities.

Being treated as a valued thought-partner and never needing to compromise the product to make a profit are two aspects of working at the Center that I value highly. I find it very gratifying that the work I do can have a direct and positive impact on people, particularly my fellow first-generation college students and graduates.”

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

Ollie’s role on the software team involves a lot of development and architecture, with the rest of his time being split between management and infrastructure work – configuring and maintaining the platforms that the software tools are built on and making sure that the servers don’t (metaphorically) catch fire.

He is the technical lead for Problem Roulette, Sage and most recently Tandem. Ollie supervises and mentors members of the software tools team and oversees various infrastructure projects for these tools.

Before coming to AI he worked in Silicon Valley (technically just north of), building devices for the “Internet of Things”. Before that he was a freelance developer working for various clients, both back in the UK and globally.

Ask me to learn about:
    • Slack & Trello
    • backend web development/designing API
    • Amateur astronomy and the space industry
    • why the smart home is the greatest thing since sliced bread
    • stereo / home theatre gear
    • history and enjoyment of tea
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