Elizabeth Engelman


  • Programming languages: Go, Ruby, Javascript, Rust
  • Technologies: Rails, HTML, CSS, SQL (PostgreSQL, MySQL, etc), React, Docker, Stellar, Ethereum and Flow blockchain development environments
  • Communicating technical concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Quickly ramping up on new technologies and business domains
  • Mentoring and giving feedback to teammates with empathy and kindness

Work Experience

Aha Labs, Remote - Engineer

November 2023 - Present

  • Collaborate with the Stellar Development Foundation team to update and improve Soroban documentation
  • Contribute to the development of the Soroban command line interface software

Red Squirrel Technologies, Remote - Lead Engineer

October 2021 - October 2023

  • Participated in the inception of new projects to help clients articulate what they are trying to build and why
  • Completed in-depth analyses of technology options to use for projects, including researching emerging technologies such as blockchains
  • Built greenfield software for clients in cutting-edge technologies
  • Assisted clients in building and maintaining existing software
  • Mentored junior engineers

8th Light, Inc, Chicago, IL - Principal Software Crafter

July 2014 - October 2021

  • Collaborated with stakeholders and teammates to build software that follows best practices and keeps the user a priority
  • Learned several business domains and contributed high-quality software to numerous client applications
  • Mentored clients, teammates, and apprentices on best practices for software development and client relationships
  • Shared my knowledge by giving presentations for the company and the broader technology community at conferences
  • Engaged with the community by hosting and organizing meetups

8th Light, Inc, Chicago, IL - Software Apprentice

January 2014 - July 2014

  • Learned core software concepts such as SOLID principles, test-driven development, and Agile
  • Completed a series of toy applications using Ruby, Clojure, Java, and Javascript to demonstrate understanding of core software concepts
  • Gave talks to fellow apprentices about core software topics to share my knowledge and hone public speaking skills

Dev Bootcamp, Chicago, IL - Teaching Assistant

November 2013 - December 2013

  • Facilitated guided pairing sessions for incoming Dev Bootcamp students
  • Mentored incoming students


New York University Tisch School of the Arts - Master of Arts, Interactive Media Arts

August 2022 - July 2023

  • The Interactive Media Arts Low Residency program is a 1 year Master’s program focusing on using design methodologies, artistic practice, software, and hardware to tell stories with a critical lens
  • In-person residencies included Brooklyn, NY, and Berlin, Germany
  • Thesis Project: Perceptible Radio Waves

Dev Bootcamp, Chicago, IL - Student

September 2013 - November 2013

Dev Bootcamp was a 19-week immersive web development program focused on Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, and various advanced web technologies through individual and pair programming.

Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD - Bachelor of Business Administration

September 2003 - May 2007

  • Presidential Scholarship recipient
  • James and Nora Keelty Memorial Scholarship student


Other Projects


  • Teaching Assistant at Girls Code Club at Lancaster Science Factory, 2021
  • Co-hosted Chicago Ethereum Meetup, 2019
  • Hosted Girl Development Meetup, 2015
  • Teaching Assistant at Girl Development classes, 2015