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Alex Rodin

Alex Rodin

Principal software engineer

Alex Rodin has over 18 years of experience in programming and software development, graduating from Saratov State University with a degree in Applied Mathematics in 2001. He then taught at Saratov for 10 years as a member of the Computer Sciences and Information Technologies faculty. Alex joined Grid Dynamics in 2009 as an Architect and Senior Staff Engineer, and has been with the company ever since. He is currently a Principal Software Engineer working on Machine Learning at Grid Dynamics Labs, our innovation center.

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Andrey Kudryavstev

Andrey Kudryavstev

Senior Software Engineer

Andrey Kudryavstev is a Senior Software Engineer at Grid Dynamics, with areas of specialization in information retrieval and e-commerce search. In 2010, he earned a BS in Computer Science from Saint Petersburg State University.

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Conor McNamara

Conor McNamara

Data Scientist in Engineering: Machine Learning

Conor McNamara is has been with Grid Dynamics since September 2017 as a Data scientist. He works primarily on building predictive models and machine learning projects. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Statistics.

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Dmitry Latnikov

Dmitry Latnikov

Delivery Director in Engineering

Dmitry Latnikov is a Delivery Director for Grid Dynamics. He currently works on multiple projects related to performance measurements, big data and mobile applications. He earned a Masters in Electronics (with honors) from Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University in 2004.

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Dmitry Mezhensky

Dmitry Mezhensky

Senior BigData Developer in Delivery

Dmitry started his career eight years ago after obtaining his Master’s Degree in computer science, but didn’t find his niche until six years ago, when he began working in the Big Data area. He joined Grid Dynamics 4.5 years ago, and has worked on various Big Data projects since. One of the major projects, iCrossing, was a huge success as we built a high-performing Big Data platform. Dmitry continues to work in Big Data for Grid Dynamics, and is currently on-site at a large retailer.

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Dmitry Sobolev

Dmitry Sobolev

Dmitry Sobolev is a senior business analyst at Grid Dynamics since 2009, when he joined the company. His main area of expertise is perfecting product discovery for e-commerce stores. In the last 9 years at Grid he has participated in a number of different projects related to products search and navigation, search autocomplete, merchandizing rules, content management and business intelligence tools around product discovery. Dmitry earned a Master degree in Computer science from St. Petersburg University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.

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Dmitry Sumtsov

Dmitry Sumtsov

Android Specialist Practice Director, UI Technologies in Delivery Management

Dmitry has over 19 years of experience in IT and in 2013, he joined Grid Dynamics. Since then, he has been developing mobile e-commerce applications for several large US retailers. Dmitry graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in 1999 with an MS in Applied Mathematics.

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Dmitry Yaraev

Dmitry Yaraev

Senior Big Data Engineer

Dmitry Yaraev is a Senior Big Data Engineer at Grid Dynamics. His responsibilities include design and implementation of distributed scalable applications, as well as R&D activities related to the Hadoop ecosystem. The technologies with which he is most familiar include Apache Spark, Apache Flink, Kafka, Apache Cassandra, AWS infrastructure (Kinesis, RedShift, etc.). He holds a Master's Degree in Information Technology from Saratov State Technical University, which he earned in 2004.

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Egor Zubkov

Egor Zubkov

Senior iOS Developer

Egor Zubkov is a Senior iOS Developer who has 7+ years of experience in IT developing iOS applications. He also has an extensive background in Mobile game development using Unity3d Engine. In 2015 he joined GridDynamics and since that time he has been developing e-commerce applications under iOS platform for several large US retailers.

Egor graduated Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics on department “Computing engineering”, “System programming” specialization, with a Master's degree.

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Eugene Steinberg

Eugene Steinberg

Principal Architect

Eugene Steinberg is a Technical Fellow and founding engineer at Grid Dynamics. As a Principal Architect and Consultant, Eugene delivered some of the largest Grid Dynamics programs, from inception to production to maturing. His many interests include information retrieval, ecommerce and enterprise search, natural language processing, computer vision, as well as general science and art of building scalable distributed systems.
Eugene earned a PhD in Applied Math from Saratov State University.

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Ilya Katsov

Ilya Katsov

Head of Practice, Industrial AI

Ilya joined Grid Dynamics in 2009, and since then has been leading engagements with a number of major retail and technology companies, focusing primarily on Big Data, Machine Learning, and Economic Modeling. He is currently managing the Industrial AI consulting practice that helps clients to become successful AI adopters and deliver innovate AI solutions. Prior to joining Grid Dynamics, Ilya worked at Intel Research on emerging wireless communication technologies. He is the author of several scientific articles and international patents, and also authored a book, “Introduction to Algorithmic Marketing: Artificial Intelligence for Marketing Operations” (2017).

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Ivan Petrushin

Ivan Petrushin

Senior Big Data Engineer in Delivery

Ivan is a big data engineer with years of experience in Java and BigData development for Telecom, IoT and Mobile Analytics domains. He has also been a frequent speaker at corporate TechTalks and Meetups on topics related to Spark and Cloud/Serverless computing technologies. he has a masters degree from Voronezh State University in Information Systems and Technologies.

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Joseph Gorelik

Joseph Gorelik

Data Scientist

Joseph Gorelik served as a summer intern at Grid Dynamics, where he worked on an in-streaming project using lexicographical tools to analyze the sentiment of tweets under the guidance of CTO Victoria Livschitz. He holds a BS in Statistics from UCLA. He will return to Grid Dynamics as a Junior Data scientist in Fall 2017.

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Konstantin Perikov

Konstantin Perikov

Software Engineer

Konstantin Perikov is a Search Architect and Senior Software Engineer who also leads a group of fellow software engineers in St. Petersburg, RU. He graduated from Tomsk State University in 2011 with a degree in Applied Mathematics.

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Max Martynov

Max Martynov

VP of technology

Max Martynov joined Grid Dynamics in 2008 with a mission to establish and lead High Performance Computing practice. He is currently responsible for managing Grid Dynamics engineering staff, growing technical talent in the company, and performing architecture consulting for clients. During his tenure at Grid Dynamics, Max has been leading engagements with a number of major technology and retail companies, including Microsoft, Macy’s, Kohl’s, and JCPenney. Over the last decade, his technical focus evolved from HPC and scalable distributed platforms to Cloud, BigData, DevOps, and Microservices architecture.

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Mikhail Khludnev

Mikhail Khludnev

Principal Engineer

Mikhail Khludnev holds an engineering degree from Russia’s Far Eastern Transport University. He started his career working with complex spatial analysis and geodetic software. Now, at Grid Dynamics, he specializes in e-commerce and Solr search, and has worked on a number of Solr migration projects for world-class retailers.

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Mikhail Klokov

Mikhail Klokov

Development Manager

Mikhail Klokov is a QA team leader and experienced QA automation engineer. His skills include Scrum, Linux, Agile Methodologies, Requirements Analysis, and Test Planning, to name a few. In 2010 he was awarded an MS degree in Instrumentation by the St. Petersburg State University of Information Technology , Mechanics, and Optics.

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Nina Pakhomova

Nina Pakhomova

Senior Software Engineer

Nina Pakhomova is a Senior Java Engineer for Grid Dynamics. Her areas of expertise include Machine Learning applications for e-commerce, including visual search, automatic product attribution and verification, distributed indexing with Solr for e-commerce management, and designing e-commerce search platforms based on Solr/Lucene. Nina holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and Mechanics from St. Petersburg State University.

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Oleg Savrasov

Oleg Savrasov

Senior Software Engineer

Oleg Savrasov has extensive experience in architecting, designing and building J2EE applications. For the last few years he has been technical lead on a project that is building e-commerce search platforms for a major online retailer. He also leads Grid Dynamics’ contributions to the Solr/Lucene community. He earned his technical science PhD in 1998.

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Pavel Katunin

Pavel Katunin

Senior IOS Developer

Pavel Katunin is a Senior iOS Developer who develops iOS applications and components. He is currently working on the Firebase iOS SDK onsite at a major client's location. He holds both Specialist and Master's degrees in Computer Science from Togliatti State University, but Pavel is always learning. He is currently studying machine learning, Python development, big data, and Information Security to augment his practical experience in these disciplines.

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Sergey Novikov

Sergey Novikov

Senior UI Engineer

Sergey Novikov is a Senior UI Engineer at Grid Dynamics. His areas of specialization include UX & UI design, and UI development for web, mobile devices and other platforms.

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Sergey Plastinkin

Sergey Plastinkin

Technical Director

Sergey Plastinkin is Technical Director of Release Engineering for Grid Dynamics. He's an expert in architecture for Big Data and DevOps platforms, and is considered a well-rounded software engineer by both co-workers and clients. Sergey earned a degree in Computer Science from Saratov State University in 2006.

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Sergey Tryuber

Sergey Tryuber

Technical Director, Big Data

Sergey Tryuber joined Grid Dynamics back in 2009 as a Full Stack Java Developer. It was only two years later, in 2011, when he took part in his first Hadoop project. That was a rising and romantic era of Big Data: MapReduce was the major batch processing paradigm, Column Families in Cassandra, and fewer companies cared about large scale in-stream processing. Some time later, the experience accumulated by Sergey’s team spread out all over the company. Many geographically distributed projects formed a united Big Data community exchanging their findings and experience. Sergey and many other great engineers helped lead this community. This development resulted in a set of best practices, reference architectures, and blueprints that helped Grid Dynamics be able to better position themselves on the market. In 2016, as a Technical Director in Big Data, Sergey and his team turned massive data processing into one of the strongest areas of Grid Dynamics’ expertise. However, Sergey left the company in 2017 to pursue his personal goals.

Sergey graduated from Saratov State Technical University with a degree of candidate of technical sciences. He started his engineering career in 2004, developing control systems for powerful diesel engines. As of 2018, Sergey is actively researching the possible integration of the Big Data technology stack into next-generation AI systems.

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Timofey Durakov

Timofey Durakov

Staff Data Scientist in Engineering: Machine Learning

Timofey Durakov is a Staff Data Scientist at Grid Dynamics. Areas of Timofey's interests include deep learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and its application to real world projects. Timofey holds a Master's Degree in Applied Informatics from Saratov State University, which he earned in 2011.

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Victoria Livschitz

Victoria Livschitz

Founder, CTO

Victoria Livschitz founded Grid Dynamics in 2006 in order to bring big, new ideas, including open source, clouds, and Big Data, to large enterprises. Under her leadership, Grid Dynamics became a successful, fast-growing engineering IT services company known for transformative, mission-critical cloud solutions for retail, finance and technology sectors. In 2015, Victoria transitioned to the role of Chief Technology Officer.
Prior to founding Grid Dynamics, Victoria spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of technical leadership positions including Principal Architect of SunGrid, the world's first public cloud; Senior Scientist at Sun Labs; and Chief Architect of Financial and Automotive Services; and Chief Architect of General Motors. Victoria started her career as HPC engineer for Ford Motor Company. Victoria received numerous awards for engineering excellence, including Sun Systems Engineer of the Year and the Ford Chairman’s Award. Victoria graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University and attended graduate programs at Purdue University and Stanford University.

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Vladimir Kondraschenko

Vladimir Kondraschenko

Senior Architect in Engineering: Architect

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Vladislav Isaev

Vladislav Isaev

Search Developer in Engineering: Search

Vladislav Isaev is a senior data science engineer at Grid Dynamics. After joining the company in 2015 he has been working on computer technology and automated systems with projects focused on E-commerce search, computer vision and natural text processing. He graduated from Yuri Gagarin State Technical University of Saratov with a masters degree in Engineering with honors.

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Vladislav Trofimov

Vladislav Trofimov

Staff Search Developer in Delivery

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Yaroslav Basovskyy

Yaroslav Basovskyy

Senior UI Developer

Yaroslav Basovskyy is a senior UI Developer at Grid Dynamics. He has more than four years of programming experience in the JavaScript language and various JS frameworks, along with full development life cycle experience, from architecture through test and deployment, plus cross-platform skills. In 2004, he graduated from Lviv Polytechnic National University with a Bachelor's degree in Philology and Applied Linguistics.

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