Zachary Capalbo

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Creative, experienced software engineer seeking challenging projects and leadership opportunities in scientific software.

Work Experience

Advanced Software Engineer (November 2015 - present) at Symbotic, Wilmington, MA

  • Developed, debugged, and optimized control software for autonomous robotic warehouse solutions.
  • Improved software processes and work-flow by introducing software and scripts for controlled merges, code reviews, and automated builds and tests.
  • Developed interactive visualizations for data obtained from simulation and production installations.
  • Skills used: C#, Algorithm Development, Source Control, Git, Gitlab, Ruby, CoffeeScript

Senior Software Engineer (March 2014 - October 2015) at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Portable Analytic Instruments (Tewksbury, MA)

  • Led software team as architect and primary scientific programmer of groundbreaking Niton XL5 XRF analyzer.
  • Worked with project managers, product managers, and SQA engineers to gather requirements and ensure projects delivered successfully.
  • Mentored junior team members in software design and development.
  • Developed framework for rapid prototyping of experiments and data analysis.
  • Participated in cross-functional leadership development program.
  • Skills used: Software Architecture, Object-Oriented Design, Team Management, Agile Software Development.

Software Engineer (July 2012 - March 2014) at Thermo Fisher Scientific, Portable Analytic Instruments (Tewksbury, MA)

  • Implemented, maintained, parallelized, and optimized advanced Fundamental Parameters based XRF elemental analysis algorithms and spectral processing algorithms for hand-held XRF spectrometers.
  • Implemented and tested calibration routines for Raman and FTIR chemical identification devices.
  • Designed application architecture for new hand-held XRF spectrometer product.
  • Reverse engineered, modularized and maintained legacy C and C++ code algorithms and applications for XRF and FTIR products.
  • Developed cross-platform tools for automated software functional tests using Ruby.
  • Developed tools for application scientists to visualize and tweak algorithm operation.
  • Provided training to other engineers for C++, XRF, Qt, QML, Mercurial, and Linux.
  • Setup and maintained Mercurial repositories, Teamcity continuous integration server, and qmake based build system.
  • Received Thermo Fisher 4-I Award for contributions to XRF spectrometers and other projects.
  • Skills used: XRF Spectroscopy, C++, Object Oriented design, Algorithm Development, Qt, Mercurial, QML, Ruby


Niton XL5 XRF Analyzer (

  • Developed modular application architecture for reuse across products.
  • Implemented advanced, parallelized, Fundamental Parameters based XRF Algorithms.
  • Developed Ruby based framework for rapid prototyping of experiments and diagnostics.
  • Provided leadership as software architect and primary science programmer.
  • Skills used: C++, Ruby, XRF, Object-Oriented Design

Flammarion Ruby GUI Toolkit (

  • Open Source cross-platform library providing easy to use GUI toolkit to ruby scripts and applications
  • Bridges gap between modern web tools and desktop ruby application development
  • Skills used: Ruby, CoffeeScript, WebSockets, CSS

The Kromophone - Sensory Substitution Device for Environmental Navigation (

  • Developed assistive technology designed to allow blind or vision impaired users to interact with their environment.
  • Invented color sonification scheme and developed software to translate colors from a camera into distinct, recognizable sounds and allow for user control and interaction.
  • Conducted experiments on blind and sighted subjects to gauge effectiveness of sonification schemes.
  • Skills used: C++, Qt, Android, Adaptive Technology, Experimental Procedure, Signal Processing, Fourier Analysis

Senior Honors Thesis: Noncontact Determination of Fluid Properties by Means of Focused Acoustics (

  • Designed, developed, and assembled apparatus and software for conducting measurements of surface tension and viscosity using a single focused ultrasound.
  • Skills used: Algorithms, Acoustics, Applied Physics, C++, Octave/MATLAB, Instrument Control, GPIB, Linux, LaTex


  • C++, Ruby, QML, CoffeScript, Python, MATLAB, LabVIEW, Lisp, C, C#, and many others
  • Algorithm Design and Optimization, XRF, FTIR, Raman
  • Parallel Programming, Object Oriented Design, Test Driven Development
  • Linux, Windows, Windows CE, Qt, OpenGL, NodeJS, Mercurial, Git


Gordon College, Wenham, MA

  • B. Sc. Physics (Computational Concentration) with Departmental Honors
  • B. Sc. Computer Science
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude May 2012
  • GPA: 3.75