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About me

If you're reading this, then I can only assume you're looking to learn a little bit more about me.

I am Vincent Chan and I am a cloud developer and architect (I was trained as a computational physicist) who is fasinated with all things cloud-related.

Particularly, I am amazed with how things that I would've thought to be expensive and technically difficult to implement, are actually pretty doable and inexpensive, hence a blog site devoted to it.

In case you want to know more about me, please scroll down to read more.


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Cloud Architect

Market (Trust Software Inc.),10/2021 – 01/2023

Tech stack: AWS IAM, SecretsManager, Route53, CloudFront, Lambda, EventBridge, SQS, S3, DynamoDB, RDS (PostgreSQL), Redshift, Terraform, Kubernetes (on EKS), Helm

Description: Update CI/CD pipeline, providing developers with greater autonomy; fix and manage the kuberenetes cluster (on EKS); lead the migration of resources between AWS accounts with minimal downtime; and plan and execute multi-region deployments and disaster recovery

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Applications Developer

PennyMac Loan Services, LLC,12/2020 – 10/2021

AWS tech stack: Lambda, Stepfunction, EventBridge, SQS, Kinesis Data Firestore, S3, DynamoDB, API Gateway, AppSync, Cloudformation & SAM, AWS CDK

Description: Architecting and building out a new event-driven processing pipeline on AWS for processing loan applications coming from disparate sources.

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Subject Matter Expert

AWS Certification and Training,week of 10/19/2020

Note: AWS was not my employer. This was closer to a volunteer position, albeit one that you have to apply for.

Description: For the week of Oct. 19th, 2020, I participated in AWS' CLF Remote Item Development Workshop. As part of a group with other SME (Subject Matter Experts), I reviewed the questions and answers in the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam for accuracy and clarity, and created new questions to be used in future AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exams.

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Data Engineer

Content.ad,04/2020 – 09/2020

AWS tech stack: Lambda, Kinesis Data Stream, Kinesis Data Analytics, SQS, RDS, ElastiCache, DynamoDB, S3, CloudWatch, Cloudformation & SAM

Description: Worked directly with the CTO to design and build a new streaming data pipeline to replace the buggy, legacy pipeline with, resulting in lowered processing time and improved responsiveness. The pipeline was stable and processing at ∼2TB a day when I left.

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Data Engineer Fellow

Insight Data Science,09/2019 – 04/2020

AWS tech stack: EC2, IAM, VPC & Subnets, S3, RDS

Description: Processed ∼200GB of financial market data from AWS S3 using Spark in an AWS EC2 cluster to look for certain types of opportunities (triangular arbitrages).


Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University logo

Science (Computational Mathematics), M.S.,Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, 2018

thesis title: A novel numerical solver: the Lagrangian solver

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Physics, M.S.,California State University, Long Beach, 2013

thesis title: Numerical simulation of relativistic fluids

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Chemical Engineering, B.S.,University of California, Irvine, 2010

UCI rocket group: Designed and built solid motor rocket that reached over 12,000 ft in 2010.


AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional certification

AWS Certified Database – Specialty certification

Amazon Web Services

HashiCorp Terraform Associate certification

Certified Kubernetes Administrator certification

The Linux Foundation

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification

AWS Certified Developer – Associate certification

Amazon Web Services

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate certification