Adam S. Richardson

About Me

I'm a Canadian software developer, currently working on a greenfield project in cryptocurrency at Coinbase. I was previously an intern on the storage team at Stripe, and on the infrastructure team at Shopify.

I'm passionate about any technology that makes the web more useful, usable, and performant for the world at large. My work has included performance and tooling on the backend of the world's largest Rails application, low-level maintenance and analysis on the largest known installation of MongoDB, and feature development on bleeding-edge blockchain applications.

I love solving problems, especially problems that would be intractible without a computer. I have completed thousands of algorithmic puzzles, and I am a member of Waterloo's ACM-ICPC competitive programming team. The unique balance of theoretical beauty with pragmatic implementation makes these competitions compelling.

I'm interested in internship opportunities for the summer of 2018 and onwards; I'm also open to conversations about full-time employment. Feel free to read my resume. You can get in touch with me via email at as3richa@uwaterloo.ca, or reach out via LinkedIn.

Work History

Things I've Built

Education

I am currently enrolled in Bachelor of Computer Science, Co-op at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada), with graduation projected for 2019. I take particular academic interest in the development of compilers and interpreters, in algorithms and data structures, and in discrete mathematics.

I graduated from Colonel By High School (Ottawa, ON, Canada) in 2014, and I was a recipient of the Silver Medal award for achieving an academic average greater than 90%.

Personal

I have been taking part in competitive programming events since early high school. In grades 11 and 12, I competed at Canada's national high school Olympiad, an exclusive event to which only the top 24 competitors in the country are invited. In the fall of 2017, I earned a spot on Waterloo's ACM-ICPC competitive programming team; Waterloo has been North America's strongest competitor in the sport in recent years.

Outside of tech, I am an avid competitive runner. I am a member of the University of Waterloo track and cross-country varsity teams; I was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2015-2016 cross-country season, and in early 2016 I ran 8:24.69 over 3000m on the track (thereby becoming Waterloo's 6th fastest athlete over that distance, all-time). In early summer 2016, I won the National Capital Race Weekend 5K road race, surpassing a field of nearly 8000 athletes.