Sam Kass
Location: Zürich Area, Switzerland
Mobile: +41 76 534 41 21


I am a software development leader, practitioner, and enthusiast. The thing I love about software is that with solid fundamentals and common methodologies, it can be applied to widely diverse problems and improve lives, enable people to do new things, and generate value everywhere, from global business to personal interactions. I seek areas where I can apply what I've learned to design, develop, and lead others toward the construction of robust, enabling systems that create new value while making clients happy.


Vice President
November 2014-
As of 2017, I am a delivery lead in the Chief Compliance and Regulatory Office software team, creating innovative solutions to enable compliant growth for the firm.
  • Tech lead, solution architect, scrum master for Digital Private Banking Americas
  • Coordinated with global DevOps and Architecture teams to enact changes to increase both quality and the ease of deployment
  • Established technical communication channels between global teams to enhance cooperation and collaboration on the solution
  • Led the agile effort for the platform team, using scrum master position to help reduce ambiguity and raise situational awareness among stakeholders
  • Defined the Americas deployment system blueprint, working with our Technical Services group to define and execute the deployment
  • Determined technical feasibility of security alternatives, including two-factor authentication and transport-level security
Vice President
January 2011-
October 2014
I was co-lead of the Goldman Sachs Institutional Portal team, working to uplift the solution to a modern web infrastructure. My job was to ensure the information got from our research, securities, banking, and asset management divisions to our clients quickly, securely, and in a manner consistent with all regulatory and promised requirements.
  • Worked with Goldman Sachs Securities, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and Global Investment Research teams to understand their information dissemination needs and ensure developing systems meet their performance, regulatory, and functionality requirements
  • Led a group to evaluate and prototype firmwide publishing, indexing, and alerting solutions
  • Designed and implemented a distributed system to create a hot-standby for high availability processing engines
  • Developed onboarding solution using in-house "Securities Language" (slang) and "Securities Viewer" (SecDB) environments for Goldman Sachs Securities Division
Software Engineer (Contractor)
December 2010-
January 2011
I briefly worked at Solomon Page LLC as a software engineering contractor assigned to Bloomberg LP's Equities Options group.
  • Implemented feed management system for equities options daily feeds
  • Learned to use the Bloomberg terminal for equities options data and basic communications
Senior Staff Software Engineer
November 2004-
December 2010
I was employed at a General Dynamics business area known as Viz. I initially worked in their core CoMotion development team developing large-scale collaboration and information visualization software based on a scene-graph GUI over a NoSQL-style database. Next I went to the Command Post of the Future (CPOF) program to widen CPOF's applicability and make the system more open and standard. I then was Principal Investigator for GD Viz's COBRA research and development contract with the Army's CERDEC Command and Control Directorate.
  • Principal Investigator for battlefield information visualization research contract with US Army CERDEC C2 direcotrate
  • Investigated methods for the Army to switch to a "net-centric" service-oriented architecture
  • Created new geospatial information visualization system for improved mapping and situational awareness
  • Architect of initial 3rd Party Development Kit for Command and Control software, opening development up to a wider audience
  • Tech Lead and primary developer on custom version of our collaboration software for Joint Force Command in Norfolk, VA
  • Spent a year in charge of Java GUI rendering library that supports distributed collaboration and data visualization (used by US Army and several corporations)
  • Recipient of General Dynamics' "Scientific and Technical Society Award for Technical Excellence"
Senior Software Engineer/Development Manager
February 2000-
August 2004
Led design changes, implemented manufacturing solutions, and solved software bottlenecks in many areas for Align Technology, Inc., the maker of invisible plastic braces. Custom software is used in all segments of manufacturing, requiring significant custom solutions, and I was instrumental in designing, implementing, and/or managing the development of many key areas.
  • Led the manufacturing software team, reengineering the server into a distributed cluster, more than doubling the capacity of the 3D printing manufacturing line
  • Led the refactoring and redesigning of the C/C++ 3D OpenGL computer-assisted orthodontics software
  • Led a project to automate the cutting of aligners from molds along complex mathematical paths, saving Align significant costs
  • Automated several manufacturing software systems in the company to transform them from manual steps to SQL-triggered automatic servers
  • Designed a SQL database and Java/Jakarta Struts site to enable orthodontists to mentor general practitioner dentists while observing all applicable privacy and reporting requirements
  • Assisted in the redesign of the customer-facing applications, including a SQL database redesign that gave the Struts web site greater visibility into the manufacturing status
  • Worked with customers, marketing, and use-case scenarios to make significant changes to Align's 3D browser plug-in for better web-based orthodontic review
  • Ensured my projects met HIPAA, ISO 9001, FDA, and internal process requirements
  • Co-inventor of manufacturing patent # 6,976,627 assigned to Align Technology, Inc.
Senior Developer/Vice President of Engineering
February 2000
As a senior developer for the start-up Visus Technologies, Inc., I was hired as the first full-time software engineer to commercially productize Feature Center, an image recognition framework based on my original implementation as an undergrad. The company went on to implement various recognition, image processing, and document management systems for a variety of clients. I eventually held the position of Vice President of Engineering.
  • Designed and implemented re-usable C++ image processing framework
  • Developed and implemented algorithms to embed image authenticity data into images (Graphic Security Systems Corp)
  • Designed parts of e-commerce site for county land title record searches (
  • Co-authored a Java middleware architecture using a SQL database with an HTML front end for internet document delivery
  • Created optical character recognition systems capable of new feature detection capabilities by intelligently combining existing, cheap off-the-shelf recognition engines
  • Using algorithms I helped investigate at the Imaging Laboratory at CMU, developed method to correlate page segments (such as tying a caption to its image) and scan and record large data sets for a Federal Image and Document Understanding Laboratory (FIDUL) contract
Research Programmer for Imaging Systems Laboratory
The Imaging Systems Laboratory in the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Department, where I worked as an undergraduate, was tasked with finding new industrially applicable recognition systems.
  • Implemented and enhanced the design of a system of component-based image recognition engines in a project called "Feature Center", (originally proposed in a paper by Dr. Robert Thibadeau)
  • Led research funded and used by Boeing Aircraft and the Federal Image and Document Understanding Laboratory (FIDUL)
  • Demonstrated Feature Center design could successfully combine off-the-shelf and custom C/C++ recognition engines, recombining them into more complex solutions than previously possible


Can rapidly adapt to new environments, designs, and situations
Led software teams, both domestic and off-shore, to successfully deliver products that made clients happy
Trained in agile scrum techniques and have applied it to reduce ambiguity, improve prioritization, and increase team communication
Software Design
Common patterns in software design, Object Oriented design, Functional Programming, Database Normalization, UML, NoSQL
Java, Scala, C, C++, Objective-C, SQL, Perl, sh
Windows, Linux, MacOS X, iOS
IntelliJ, Eclipse, Xcode, gcc/emacs, CVS, SVN, git, Perforce
Able to express ideas and methods clearly and effectively in spoken and written communication


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Math/Computer Science major, 3 years


Teach robotics to youth at local "Maker Space"
Certificated Private Pilot
Hailed as "Internet Pioneer" on Big Bang Theory for creation of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock
Co-inventor of patents #6,976,627 (with continuations #7,306,152, #7,611,058), and #8,260,591