Hello, I'm

Chandler Severson

Software Engineer

About Me

Ever since I was little, software development has been my passion. I still remember writing my first programs -- I was trying to make game mods in an obscure programming language, with no idea of what I was doing... Throughout middle school and high school, I attempted to build my knowledge and satiate my curiosity by learning about game development. I watched way too many YouTube videos and arguably spent way too much time at my computer; however, I was able to go from "Hello World" to building Mario-like games, with dozens of projects in-between! I learned a C-like language, then JavaScript, Java, and experimented with a bunch of others in between.

Since then, this passion has carried me through my Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and is driving me now in my full-time role as a Senior Software Engineer at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. I've been so grateful to be able to study and learn more about this field, all with pretty much the same fascination that drove me as a kid.

So, now in the industry, this passion remains with me. I most certainly have more to learn, more problems to solve, and more projects to be a part of. For this, I am very grateful to my younger self, and I am looking forward to what's to come.

  • Java
  • OCI
  • Microservices
  • Agile Methodology
  • Docker
  • AppSec
  • Linux
  • DevOps
  • CI/CD
  • Behavior Driven Development
  • IOT
  • Python
  • Javascript
  • Typescript
  • System Automation
  • Test Driven Development
  • Serverless
  • Incident Managemnt
  • Elasticsearch
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Node.js
  • Micronaut
  • Oracle
  • AWS
  • Dropwizard
  • On-Call
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My Specialties

Backend Development

I have 6 years of backend development experience using Java and Node.js. I'm an avid builder of distributed microservices and serverless applications using cloud platforms.

System Design

I enjoy designing and building large, scalable, high-availability services, and I love taking ownership of these projects from inception, through design, and to production and beyond.


I am an ardent automator. I strongly believe in automation and its long-term benefits. If I ever have to do long, repetitive, or boring processes - you can bet I will automate it!

Work Experience

Senior Software Engineer at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Nov 2020 - Present

I am currently a Senior Software Engineer at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in the developer tools organization. I am on a team that builds a cloud-scale, internal, tier-zero NoSQL database system that is the backbone for the control plane of nearly all teams within OCI.

The team that I work on builds:

  • A tier-zero, critical database service built in every single OCI region (30+).
  • A multi-tenant, distributed, transactional NoSQL database.
  • A service that handles tens of millions of HTTP requests per minute.
  • A strongly consistent, strictly serializable, and snapshot isolated database.

Technologies: Java 8-11, Dropwizard, Guice, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Datbase, custom CI/CD, docker. Automated functional tests, unit tests, a full e2e integration test suite using test driven development, canaries.


  • Develop backend control plane components to help internal customers provision and manage databases.
  • Participate in multiple on-call rotations to maintain our service's avaialability, confidentiality, and integrity in 30+ regions (commercial and DoD IL5 regions).
  • Build new automation tools and processes to help facilitate expanding our service to new regions and to help maintain critical components in existing regions.
  • Mentor other engineers on the team, helping them get up to speed in the team, getting them familiarized with best practices, and helping to review code.
  • Improve and iterate on internal user-facing documentation to help our internal customers use and troubleshoot our database to its fullest potential.

Contract Software Engineer at Nike

Sep 2019 - Nov 2020

I worked at Nike as Contract Software Engineer, employed through Randstad Technologies US. I was on a cloud-native backend team and built web services that powered mobile point of sale devices and self checkout kiosks in Nike retail stores.

Technologies: Java 8-11, Node.js, AWS (Lambda and EC2), Jenkins CI/CD, and Docker. Automated functional tests, unit tests, and a full e2e integration test suite using test driven + behavior driven development.

Responsibilities :

  • Agile developer on a cloud-native backend team, building microservices in AWS that affect Nike retail stores.
  • Participating in a DevOps rotation, working in AWS to ensure scalability, usability, resilience, and availability of services.

Software Engineer at Shasta Networks

Oct 2018 - Aug 2019

In October of 2018, during a re-org at Shasta Networks, I switched roles from an Integration Engineer to Software Engineer. With my role change, I took on a larger role in the project organization and development space, eventually leading a couple high-profile projects.

Accomplishments :

  • Technical lead on a project to create an inline healthcare data (HL7 and FHIR) conformance and validation tool.
  • Technical lead on a project to compile patient data from multiple source systems and generate clinical charts for a large medical billing company.
  • Assisted with the planning and execution of a full-fledged infrastructure migration, presented proposals for a hybrid mircoservice architecture in the existing environment, and introduced AWS into the existing infrastructure.
  • Mentored junior engineers and interns while they received college credit.
  • Helped design and run the 2019 Shasta Networks Hackathon.

Integration Engineer at Shasta Networks

Jun 2016 - Oct 2018

During my time as an Integration Engineer, I helped lead the implementation of hundreds of java-based HL7 routes from startup calls to production migrations. I acted as a main technical liaison between a large client, providing direct software support for creating, updating, and troubleshooting over 400 interfaces between a variety of source and destination health information systems, interface engines, and billing systems. In addition, I succinctly documented all of the work that I performed for clients in issue tracking software and spent ample time creating documentation for new features and processes in our knowledgebase.

Responsibilities :

  • Provided managed service support for a java-based integration engine for healthcare data.
  • Acted as the project lead for hundreds of java-based HL7 routes from startup calls to production migrations.

Senior Help Desk Technician at Southern Oregon University

Jan 2016 - Jun 2016

I was promoted to the role of Senior Help Desk Technician as my tenure at the Help Desk grew longer and as I was able to demonstrate my technical knowledge. With the promotion, I was expected to be a leader for other help desk technicians and to provide support to the most difficult questions.

Help Desk Technician at Southern Oregon University

Oct 2014 - Jan 2016

A typical day as a Help Desk Technician involved providing prompt responses to technology-related questions from students and staff. I troubleshot, diagnosed, and resolved problems relating to user accounts, the general operation of personal computers, and specific issues regarding programs and personal devices. Additionally, I meticulously documented incoming issues to create a log to be referenced by other technicians. I always tried to be a rockstar communicator while assisting others and actively tried to translate my technical knowledge into actionable direction for users.

Responsibilities :

  • Responded to technology-related questions from students and staff while translating my technical knowledge into actionable direction for users.
  • Troubleshot, diagnosed, and resolved problems related to account issues, personal computers, and specific issues with programs or devices.
  • Documented incoming problems and conversations to be referenced by other technicians.


B.S. Computer Science at Southern Oregon University

Oct 2014 - Jun 2017

I received my Bachelor of Science degree and Business Administration Minor from Southern Oregon University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a 3.76 GPA.

President's List: Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2017
Dean's List: Fall 2014, Fall 2015
Provost's List: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

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