Curriculum Vitae

Mike McQuaid

Senior Software Engineer

I love solving difficult problems to simplify people’s lives.

I happily live in Edinburgh, Scotland and will never consider relocating for work. I’m happy to work remotely from my home here and travel regularly to anywhere in the world. Recruiters: do not contact me if this is not possible in your organisation.



Extensive experience in Ruby, Rails, Git, Bash/shell scripting, Qt, C++, C, MySQL and CMake. Productive with other languages and technologies in days.

Porting software between Windows, Mac and Linux. Administering Linux servers, automating Windows and Mac machines. Advocating for, designing and implementing CI systems.

Widespread experience contributing to open-source software and getting patches accepted upstream.


GitHub (2013 - Present)

Senior engineer improving web services and separating into new micro-services. On application, escalation and service on-call rotations. Previously on ops/infrastructure on-call rotation. Previously improving GitHub for free and open-source software (collaborating with Google, Microsoft and Facebook), improving the GitHub platform for developers inside and outside GitHub, improving the robustness and quality of GitHub Enterprise through release management, engineering and improving manual QA, CI, availability, packaging, continuous deployment, automation and ChatOps for the release process.

Homebrew (2009 - Present)

Lead Maintainer. Invented Homebrew binary packages (bottles) featured in Apple’s Touch Bar MacBook Pro keynote and used by Google, Microsoft and Facebook. Fix users issues, plan roadmap, create and manage security program, teach new maintainers and contributors and develop features in Ruby and Bash. Started a successful Kickstarter project which was funded in two hours to create a Jenkins CI system for Homebrew. Installed servers into data-centre and keep them running.

AllTrails (2012 - 2013)

Full stack engineer developing Rails/MySQL back-end and Coffeescript/SASS front-end for AllTrails and AllSnow. Developed features, APIs and optimised performance. Setup Jenkins CI and automatic Chef deployment for Rails and mobile applications HockeyApp deployment. Managed and improved AWS EC2 infrastructure.

KDAB (2009 - 2012)

Technical team lead providing international Qt/C++ cross-platform consultancy. Led teams who always delivered on time and in budget. Generated successful sales leads and sold a six figure contract. Travelled internationally to train software engineers, solve hard problems and kick off projects to consistently positive customer feedback. Created a new Buildbot/CPack based CI system which replaced the previous one to improve company productivity.

Mendeley (2008 - 2009)

First employee and lead developer for Mendeley Desktop. Setup all Linux servers and software systems. Created a workflow focused on quick deployment and high quality through automated Buildbot builds, tests, CPack packages for Windows, Mac and Linux. Designed, ran technical interviews and personally recruited three engineers.

Ported Qt/MSVC++ application from Windows to CMake, macOS and Linux. Proposed, implemented the successful rewrite of problematic contracted legacy code creating a faster application and happier users. Designed, implemented the REST XML protocol used between Mendeley Desktop and Web.

BT (2007 - 2008)

Created record-breaking high-performance network analysis applications in C on the IBM Cell Processor. Taught others about and setup Subversion version control, Buildbot continuous integration and Trac issue tracker. Won a place on the graduate scheme.

Google Summer of Code (2007)

Worked on the KDE Qt/C++ project. Improved the KBlog XML-RPC API for KDE 4.0 API freeze. Added rich-text support and posting of journals from KOrganizer which was released in KDE 4.1.

Wolfson Microelectronics (2006)

Wrote battery driver, improved Auxiliary ADC C++ code for Intel XScale on Windows CE. Wrote WM8711 Linux kernel driver in C which was released in 2.6.26. Improved AC’97, I2S audio drivers and fixed a noisy LCD issue.


Git in Practice (2014)

An opinionated intermediate/advanced Git book published with Manning Publications in September 2014.


JavaOne Rock Star (2014)

The JavaOne Rock Star Program “recognise[s] speakers for their outstanding session content and speaking ability”.

UK Open Source Awards (2014)

Shortlisted for the person/project prize.


The University of Edinburgh (2003 - 2007)

BSc in Computer Science and Management Science (2:1)


References available on request