Please join me in welcoming Ian Baker as Software Developer in the
Features Engineering team.
Ian's been a software developer for about 15 years. He's worked on
projects like the first open-source web framework, a billing system
for a regional ISP, a custom video transcoding system, and a
sensor-based flamethrower controller.
At Wikimedia Foundation, he hopes to code some awesome features, help
find new ways for people to share and connect information, help
improve the overall Mediawiki user experience, and advance the
codebase towards present-day software development practices. Specific
interests include data model design, database query optimization,
regular expressions, user interfaces, human computer interaction and
Ian has been building large-scale installation art since 2005, and has
taught flame effects, fire performance, and fire safety classes at The
Crucible and elsewhere since 2006. Ian is a founding member of the
art collective Ardent Heavy Industries, including its fire art wing,
Interpretive Arson. In other lifetimes, he’s worked as a broadcast
engineer, welder, machinist, fire performer, drug educator, EMT, and
photographer. And he also enjoys flower arrangement and aerial
acrobatics. Wow - that’s a lot of cool interests :-)
Feel free to say hello to Ian online or in person at WMF Engineering
in San Francisco.