Evan M. McLain

Seattle, WA

A customer-focused and creative software engineer, skilled in the design and delivery of scalable systems that make a difference.


"Evan's biggest strength is his ability to reach [out] to his customers and solicit opinion. Too many engineers develop what they think their customers need. Evan actually understands his customer's need before building his solutions."


"Evan is great at picking up all the small details on code reviews. He really looks after the overall code quality and doesn't miss anything. He suggests which test cases are missing and we should probably have, and he makes sure that the intent of the change(s) are captured in the code as comments if they are not obvious."


"Evan consistently delivers on time, on spec and with good quality.[…]when it comes down to it if Evan is leading a feature it will get shipped, and be done when he does it."



Senior Software Engineer,  Tableau Software (2013-Present)


Senior Software Engineer,  Amazon.com Information Security (2009-2012)

Tools: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, jQuery, Java, Clojure, MySQL, Oracle, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Apache, openssl, LDAP, Git, Linux, Scrum


Senior Software Engineer,  Amazon.com Builder Tools (2003-09)

Tools: Java, C++, Perl, Mason, JavaScript, Oracle, MySQL, Perforce, Apache, Linux


Senior Software Engineer, Consystant Design Technologies (2001-03)

Tools: Java 2, AWT, JFC/Swing, CVS, Perl, Linux, Windows, Intel IXP network processors


Captain, United States Air Force (1995 – 2000)

Tools: Linux, Solaris, Windows, Visual Basic, Ethernet, TCP/IP, NFS, NIS, DNS


Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, University of Washington (1994-95)

Tools: C++, C, Irix (SGI Unix), Windows, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC)


Software Developer Intern, Decision-Science Applications, Inc. (1991-94, summers)

Tools: Visual C++, Microsoft Foundation Classes, SCCS, X Windows, Xt, Motif



M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, University of  Washington

B.S. with Honors in Computer Science, summa cum laude, University of Michigan

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies



Customer focus


Attention to detail

Problem solving and analysis

Listening, writing, and speaking


Grace under pressure