Staff, Developer Educator
Elmer completed a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. His focus was on Control Systems, specifically GPS navigation systems, spending several years serving as a research assistant, building software and hardware for self driving cars at U.C. Riverside and Berkeley, resulting in 2 co-publications: 'Aided Integer Ambiguity Resolution Algorithm’ and 'Data Fusion via Kalman Filter: GPS & INS’. During the final years of his Masters program, he added a few mentors, partners and some business skills through the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth to his repertoire and co-founded several companies with varying degrees of success over the next 7 years. During this time he helped hundreds of businesses profit while achieving over 50 awards from local and state governments for service in the community. While building businesses, Elmer served on various boards to help foster growth in local business communities in Riverside and Orange County, including the Riverside Technology CEO Forum, the TechBiz Connection, OCTANe and TriTech. Next, in April of 2010, he began service at SendGrid, an email API and service company, as one of the first 5 employees. Service began as the web development manager, then he moved into a product role while also helping build out a quality assurance program. After spending 2 years traveling to over 50 events, speaking, teaching and mentoring as a Developer Evangelist within the SendGrid marketing department, Elmer then served as the Hacker in Residence on the community team at SendGrid. In that role he mentored over 50 startups, many belonging to accelerators such as Techstars and 500 Startups, and hundreds of developers through live consulting and development of productivity content and software. He then transitioned roles to become a Staff Software Engineer at Twilio, serving Twilio’s open source community, which includes 33 active projects across 7 programming languages such as helper libraries for both Twilio and SendGrid, the Twilio CLI and the API Explorer. Currently, he is a Staff Developer Educator, primarily focused on the Twilio SendGrid documentation. He also serves as Vice President of the Council for the Advancement of Black Engineers (CABE), drawing from experience as chapter president of the National Society of Black Engineers while a student at U.C. Riverside, supporting CABE's mission to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers with PhDs, post-doctoral training and professional engineering registrations. Elmer's passions include family time with his wife, two daughters and son, reading, writing, watching videos, becoming immersed in virtual reality, developing software and creating in general, especially in the area of personal development and productivity through quantification techniques.