Clayton Yochum

Data Platform Engineer & Architect

Ypsilanti, MI

How does this work?

Data nerd working in all parts of the modern data lifecycle. I live at the intersection of data science and software engineering, focusing on the upstream work to make data science possible and productive. Outside of work you can usually find me reading, skateboarding, snowboarding, camping, or at a concert.

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Data science
Time Series Databases Software
Work experience

Jun 2021 - Present


Lead Data Engineer


Jan 2021 - May 2021


Senior Staff Engineer, Cloud Platform

Technical lead for API consolidation, largest software project in company history Owner of primary data stores serving all aspects of software and analytics Primary source of data engineering & architectural knowledge within organization Responsible for supporting Data Science to enable shift in company focus


Mar 2019 - Jan 2021


Staff Engineer, Data Science

First Data Science hire at industrial internet-of-things company Led migration of core sensor data from OpenTSDB (NoSQL) to TimescaleDB (Postgres) Consolidated multiple core databases while simplifying management Introduced new tools and approaches for database management adopted across teams Designed and ratified stricter technical interfaces with other teams Wrote various API clients, analytics libraries, and automated analysis tasks in Python Wrote job descriptions and conducted interviews for subsequent Data Science hires

Mar 2016 - Feb 2019

Methods Consultants

Data Science Engineer

Lead engineer at a boutique data science & statistics consulting firm Primary source of programming, engineering, and machine learning expertise Architect of cloud infrastructure & strategy for internal and client needs Developed a machine learning trading platform for a mid-size hedge fund Processed billions of lines of geolocation data to support expert witness testimony Developed and taught a data science workshop to analysts at a large federal institution Wrote job descriptions for, interviewed, and trained new hires Contributed technical content to company blog

Aug 2015 - Dec 2017

University of Michigan School of Social Work

Data Analyst

Industry consultant for a social work lab Built predictive models for sorting social work journal articles based on their abstracts Redesigned a data pipeline for preparing raw data for further analysis Wrote processing code for large, messy, semi-structured administrative data Created reusable software tooling used across lab Taught junior analysts best practices like source control and reproducible research Lectured to SSW community on using source control in data analysis

Mar 2014 - Feb 2016

Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA)

Business Intelligence Analyst

Founded and served as technical lead for the Barracuda Analytics team Designed, built, and maintained a warehouse-to-dashboard data pipeline to inform decisions across engineering, operations, and product management Managed physical and virtual server infrastructure for data collection/storage/processing and application hosting Wrote and maintained an internal, proprietary R package

Aug 2012 - Mar 2014

Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA)

Performance Analyst/Software Engineer in Test

Identified performance regressions and worked with engineering to determine causation Developed internal web applications to automate the analysis and display of performance testing data Trained interns in product functionality and data analysis Conducted manual tests of backup server hardware and firmware

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Michigan Tech Research Institute

Research Intern, Signal/Sensor Processing Lab

Wrote MATLAB routines for specialized digital image processing filters Collected and analyzed data from specialized radar equipment Updated legacy C code and Bash scripts to add functionality and increase usability Wrote and edited various technical LaTeX documents


Aug 2011 - Apr 2012

Michigan Technological University

Executive Coach - Math Learning Center

Oversaw daily operations of a mathematics tutoring center open to all students Planned walk-in schedules for 30+ coaches Organized meetings and training sessions for coaches Recorded and analyzed attendance data to improve scheduling Planned installation of electronic record keeping system


Aug 2009 - Jul 2011

Michigan Technological University

Coach - Math Learning Center

Coached undergraduate students in mathematics courses, primarily pre-calculus through differential equations Helped students both through walk-ins and one-on-one appointments


2007 - 2008

Balance Technology Inc

Stockroom Assistant

Counted and updated inventory, processed incoming and outgoing shipments, maintained internal inventory database, gathered and delivered parts for specific jobs


2008 - 2012

Michigan Technological University

Bachelor's degree, Mathematics w/ Economics Minor

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