Christopher Stoll, MSCS

Chris has a Masters of Science in Computer Science from The University of Akron; his thesis explored novel applications of well understood computer vision algorithms ("Text Line Extraction Using Seam Carving"). In addition to mathematically proving his thesis, he also implemented it as a mobile application which could run in near real time. Chris blends deep computer science knowledge with over twelve years of practical software engineering experience. He architects quality software solutions which are technically sound and maintainable, economically efficient, and environmentally conscious. Chris' undergraduate education combined computer science with history and the social sciences, and he uses that perspective to analyze problems in holistic and humanistic ways. The values Chris holds have influenced the mission of the companies he has helped found (Rusty Patched Software, Skiplist, more to follow).

Though Chris currently spends a majority of his time working at the organizational level, he still maintains deep technical competency so that he can quickly bootstrap complicated technical products. Chris started his software engineering career as an SAP ABAP developer for a large international automotive supplier. He debugged problems in a highly customized SAP system which could not be diagnosed by the business analysts or other development teams. Wanting to have greater control over the efficiency of the systems he created, Chris moved into web application development, bringing with him lessons learned from following lean manufacturing practices. He moved from creating monolithic applications written in Python, PHP, and Ruby to building modern Javascript applications based upon React, Node, and Express. Currently, when he needs to bootstrap a web product he prefers functional web application code with Elixir and Phoenix. However, lately Chris has spent a large part of his time creating predictive or generative systems using Tensorflow and Keras.

Not only is Chris a technical leader, he is also a leader in his community. He is dedicated to giving back to the greater Akron, Ohio area. Chris volunteers with the local Rotary club (Club President, 2018-2019), is on the local YMCA advisory board (2018-present), and volunteers with local Boy Scout (BSA) organizations.

When he is not working or volunteering, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They enjoy backpacking, biking, climbing, hiking, and soccer. When time allows, he also pursues his own hobbies of photography, fixing old cameras, brewing (well, mead making, really), and reading.