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Paul Bramsen

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Software engineer. Aspiring cyber security expert.

Just finished crossing the continental US on Honda motorcycles via dirt roads with my Dad and youngest brother. Follow our travel blog (we're still posting new content!).


University of California - Berkeley2016-2017

Master of Science

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major. Emphasis on large scale distributed systems and security. Breadth concentration in Statistics.

University of California - Berkeley2013-2016

Bachelor of Science [High Honors]

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major.


UC Berkeley College of EngineeringBerkeley, CA / Spring 2017

Computer Security Graduate Student Instructor

Graduate student instructor for a computer security course (cs161) lead by Vern Paxson. Responsibilities include leading weekly discussion sections to aid students in reviewing lecture material, writing and grading exams, holding office hours, and writing/managing projects and homework.

PepperdataCupertino, CA / December 2016 - May 2017

Software Engineering Consultant

At Pepperdata I assisted as an outside consultant in launching their new Application Profiler service that offers Hadoop and Spark tuning advice. I am now helping bring new features to the service.

AirbnbSan Francisco, CA / Summer 2016

Data Infrastructure Software Engineering Intern

At Airbnb, I worked on the engineering team that provides the company with the infrastructure necessary to process and warehouse all data. My primary project during summer 2016 revolved around adding features to Dr. Elephant, an open source project that makes monitoring per job/app resource consumption on large clusters easy. Dr. Elephant was launched within Airbnb during my time there in an effort to more efficiently process a rapidly growing dataset. I contributed many commits to the open source project including significant feature additions such as integration with Airflow, Airbnb’s (Apache incubator) job scheduler.

UC Berkeley Swarm LabBerkeley, CA / November 2015 - May 2016

Research Assistant

Within the Swarm Lab, I worked in the Global Data Plane (GDP) group under Professor John Kubiatowicz. My primary project as a research assistant was building an efficient filesystem interface on top of the secure, single-writer append-only log interface offered by the GDP. This was motivated by the inherent durability, atomicity and security guarantees offered by the GDP's interface. For a detailed report, see the GDPFS project on my Github.

YelpSan Francisco, CA / May 2014 - August 2015

Software Engineering Intern (iOS 1yr) (Full Stack Web 4mo)

At Yelp, I worked with a small team responsible for developing the iPad component of the Yelp SeatMe platform, a powerful front-of-house management system for restaurants.
I transitioned from full to part-time at the beginning of September and remained so for the duration of the academic year. When back at school, I worked as an on-campus rep and recruiter for Yelp (in addition to my continuing Engineering duties). My responsibilities included taking resumes, talking to candidates at campus career fairs, answering student questions at Yelp hosted events and presenting at one of Yelp's on-campus tech talk nights.
In May 2015, I returned to Yelp SeatMe full-time but working as a full-stack web engineer rather than an iOS engineer.

UC Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA / Summer 2013

Student Project Engineer

I managed the acquisition of computer and sensor hardware and wrote software necessary for constructing an interactive earthquake exhibit to be installed at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History by the UCSB Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

Institute for Collabrative BiotechnolgiesSB, CA / Summer 2012

Robotic Control Systems Intern

I worked with a small team to develop control software which allowed Roomba robots to autonomously perform a variety of tasks using feedback from a combination of a Vicon motion-capture system, internal sensors, and a Microsoft Kinect.

Honors & Awards

Siebel Scholar, Class of 2017August 2016

Siebel Scholars Foundation

Awarded annually for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership to over 90 top students from the world’s leading graduate schools. [source]

Regents’ and Chancellor’s ScholarMarch 2013

University of California, Berkeley

"The Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship offered by UC Berkeley to entering undergraduates and attracts, retains, and graduates the most sought-after students in the world." [source]

Eta Kappa Nu MemberMay 2014


International electrical and computer engineering honor society that provides a number of services to the EECS department such as tutoring sessions for lower division EECS classes, pre-exam review lectures, and course survey administration.
Top 25% of junior class offered candidacy.

Tau Beta Pi MemberDecember 2014

International engineering honor society that provides a number of services to the College of Engineering such as tutoring for lower division physics classes.
Top 12.5% of junior class offered candidacy.

  • Internet and Network Security (cs261n)
  • Computer Security (cs161) A+
  • Advanced Topics in Computer Systems (cs262a) A+
  • Applications of Parallel Computers (csC267)
  • Operating Systems (cs162)
  • Intro to Machine Learning (cs189) A+
  • Intro to Artificial Intelligence (cs188) A+
  • Intro to Databases (cs186)
  • Linear Algebra and Diff EQs (math54) A+
  • Intro to Algorithms (cs170)
  • Discrete Math and Probability Theory (cs70)
  • Randomized Algorithm Analysis (cs174)
  • Modern Statistical Prediction and Machine Learning (stat154)
  • Concepts of Statistics (stat135)
  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (cs61a) A+
  • Data Structures (cs61b) A+
  • Machine Structures (cs61c) A+
  • Intro to Microelectronic Circuits (ee40)
  • Structure and Interpretation of Systems and Signals (ee20)
  • Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (physics7b)
  • Mechanics and Wave Motion (physics7a)
  • Independent Research (cs299)
  • Teaching Techniques (ee375)
  • Dirt biking
  • Street riding
  • Touring
  • Camping
  • Motocross
  • Supercross
Cats (in Santa Barbara)



Last updated on July 28, 2017 at 11:05am PDT.