Last Updated: October 2016
Self-driven, pragmatic, quality-focused software engineer with over ten years of experience working with distributed systems and building applications used by thousands of users a day. Seeking opportunities to work with a team designing and implementing world-changing software systems.
Work History
Software Engineer
December 2015 - Present
Member of the Devtools/Build Infrastructure team, collectively responsible for maintaining a continuous integration system used by all of Dropbox engineering.
  • Owned the test/build EC2 fleet infrastructure and associated services, coordinating with owners of related systems and taking responsibility for problems and feature requests.
  • Reimplemented an existing autoscaling system used to adjust test/build EC2 fleet size for varying workloads, dramatically improving extensibility, robustness, system visualization, and monitoring.
  • Managed the team-level OKR process and redesigned the team's sprint planning process to encourage more domain ownership and longer-term thinking by team members.
April 2013 - April 2014
Built a web-based service to help realtors manage and organizing their paperwork load.
  • Built and maintained the core PDFAgent service: Receive document inputs, classify and reorder pages, and deliver the split forms back to the user.
  • Designed and implemented a custom identification algorithm to classify submitted form pages (dirty scans of paper documents) against canonical copies of candidate forms.
  • Built and maintained a secure web-based user account management system.
Senior Software Engineer
September 2005 - April 2013
Designed, implemented, deployed, documented, maintained, and supported a wide variety of mission-critical web-based productivity tools and services, used by engineers across Google. Focused on building generic solutions that could be widely used throughout the company.
  • Deleted Internets - Built a service for monitoring data on a distributed filesystem and deleting files at appropriate times using a powerful rules specification language. Used by teams ranging from Search, Ads, Gmail, Maps, and YouTube, deleting petabytes of data per day with hundreds of service instances company-wide.
  • Built a web interface for managing and visualizing MapReduce jobs, key infrastructure used by thousands of engineers. The new system provided a rich interface for reconfiguring jobs during runtime, diagnosing problems, monitoring performance, and examining patterns in job execution.
  • Built a service for Google-internal web properties to show ad-like documentation and usage tips to their users. The system has displayed millions of highly targeted, highly relevant ad impressions to Google engineers.
  • Integrated Google Finance with Google+ platform features.
May 2002 - August 2005
  • Designed and implemented NVisionCC, an extensible software framework for visualizing various metrics of a cluster system for the purpose of monitoring system performance and security, using Python, MySQL, and SGI's Performance Co-Pilot (PCP).
  • Explored the use of contagion theory as the basis of protocols for spreading information in peer-to-peer networks.
  • Masters Thesis - "Input/Output Characterization of Parallel Systems Based on Three Scalable Applications"
Software Engineer
June 2000 - August 2002
Urbana-Champaign, IL
B.S. Computer Science, magna cum laude, May 2000
Minor in Economics
Terre Haute, IN
Personal Projects
April 2014 - Present
A multi-user, multithreaded cloud RSS reader service with responsive UI, intended to be lightweight and information-dense. Uses Mithril.js for HTML generation.
A multi-user, multithreaded web-based adventure game. Uses Canvas for graphical display, HTML5 local storage for caching of game data. Implemented a mouse+touch drag & drop API around Mithril.js to help build game UI interactions.
A simple web service for transferring data to/from untrusted computers without entering credentials (which could be keylogged), and without inserting USB keys (which could be infected).
A multiplayer Boggle-like game supporting mouse-, keyboard-, and touch-interaction in a responsve web-based UI.
See more projects at
Dutta, Shona and Treaster, Michael. 2015. Power modes of computing devices. US 9078208 B1, filed March 27, 2012, and issued July 7, 2015.
Michael Treaster, William Conner, Indranil Gupta, Klara Nahrstedt. "ContagAlert: Using Contagion Theory for Adaptive, Distributed Alert Propagation". In IEEE Network Computing and Applications (NCA), 2006.
Gregory A. Koenig, Adam J. Lee, Michael Treaster, Nadir Kiyanclar, and William Yurcik. "Cluster Security with NVisionCC: Process Monitoring by Leveraging Emergent Properties". In In Workshop for Cluster Security (Cluster-sec), 2005.
Xiaoxin Yin, William Yurcik, Michael Treaster, Yifan Li, and Kiran Lakkaraju. "VisFlowConnect: NetFlows Visualizations of Link Relationships for Security Situational Awareness". In CCS Workshop on Visualization and Data Mining for Computer Security (VizSEC/DMSEC), 2004.
Michael Treaster. "A Survey of Fault-Tolerance and Fault-Recovery Techniques in Parallel Systems". In ACM Computing Research Repository (CoRR)*, 2005.
Michael Treaster. "A Survey of Distributed Intrusion Detection Approaches". In ACM Computing Research Repository (CoRR)*, 2005.
Michael Treaster, Nadir Kiyanclar, Gregory A. Koenig, and William Yurcik. "A Distributed Economics-based Infrastructure for Utility Computing". In ACM Computing Research Repository (CoRR)*, 2005.
ACM CoRR is not a peer-reviewed publication.
Practiced Buzzwords
C++ Go Python Javascript
Mesos EC2 Mapreduce HTML5
Websockets Mithril.js Concurrent Programming Distributed Systems