Musee Ullah
San Jose, CA


A senior systems administration position with a heavy focus on automation.


FireEye, Inc. - Milpitas, CA

A cybersecurity company with a renown background in malware detection.

Engineering Lead - October 2015, ongoing

  • led/mentored team of 3 (at most, including myself) DevOps engineers
  • taught team on topics like writing well defined Ansible roles, managing database/VM/storage clusters, deployment practices, etc
  • wrote an internal tool in Rust to make it easier for my team to manage servers

Research Infrastructure Engineer - March 2015, ongoing

  • provided infrastructure support for researchers in FireEye Labs (R&D) and planning/deployment of a few internal services used by malware researchers
  • implemented processes for automating system lifecycle, using a template-based PXE provisioning server for baremetal and Ansible for continuous configuration management and software deployment; also built and integrated automated provisioning for FireEye's appliance OSes within this environment, removing the need for researchers to manually install and configure them theirselves.
  • worked with several distributed systems, including but not limited to Ceph, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, and internal FireEye systems.
  • deployed HA virtualized Proxmox environment within Labs, which my team hosts and maintains many services on, including GitHub Enterprise and NetBox
  • managed inventory and hardware for a fleet of ~900-1000
  • deployed and maintained monitoring environment centered around Prometheus
  • wrote several ansible roles of good quality (subjective in a sense - but check out the Github link), many of which are open sourced

Sleepy Giant Entertainment - Chicago, IL

A game infrastructure development company.

Systems Engineer - July 2013 to September 2014

  • orchestrated servers with Chef and other automation utilities
  • worked with several Amazon Web Services, including RDS, VPC, Beanstalk
  • replaced part of SG's development cycle with Docker (Jenkins CI)
  • wrote various scripts in Python, Ruby and Bash
  • was responsible for the security audit after the Heartbleed PSA

HostGator.Com, LLC - Austin, TX

A shared web hosting company who also offers dedicated servers/VMs.

Systems Monitoring - December 2011 to July 2012

  • monitored >4500 machines remotely (SoftLayer) using Zabbix/ZMonitor
  • dealt with user abuse, compromised clients, broken configurations, and other resource usage issues
  • handled network abuse/issues by either firewall or escalating to SL (UDP/SYN floods, Slowloris)
  • sole assistant from the monitoring team during HG's architecture migration (32->64bit)
  • wrote public announcements on the network status forums for extended downtime issues.

Systems Administrator - June 2011 to July 2012

  • was primarily help desk support, handling website/database/application errors and issues, backups/restorations, triage, software upgrades and installations.
  • Filed internal bug reports and wrote documentation for company wikis and knowledgebase.

Contracted Roles

  • - redesigned website using Bootstrap; moved editing process from disparate HTML files to Jekyll static site generation


  • Simple Mona (2014-2015) - sole administrator of this pool for the Monacoin cryptocurrency - development halted
    • involved administrating a RabbitMQ cluster, developing in Python (Flask), and querying in Postgres
    • i18n support, added Japanese translation (by me and a couple native speakers)
  • Knights of Reason - primary contact for technical issues, server owner/co-admin, forum moderator. (server documentation)
  • The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL, 8/2010-2/2011) - bike mechanic and technologist, e.g. repurposed old laptops with Debian for use at the shop.

Projects / One-Offs

  • ZMonitor - cli dashboard for Zabbix written in Ruby.
  • Wagnaria - fansubbing organisation tool written in Python and AngularJS (copy of it in production).
  • SIF Tracker - per-user leaderboard tracking web application written in, with some backend bits in Ruby

Familiarities / Preferences

distros: arch linux, centos, debian, coreos, ubuntu (16+)
lang: bash, python, rust, ruby, markdown, json
apps: nginx, postgresql, mysql, etherpad, chef
workflow: ansible, git, vim, i3wm, remmina, lxc, vagrant/virtualbox/qemu-kvm, bash (x2)


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2010 -- 2011 - East Asian Languages and Cultures
De Anza College - 2016 -- 2018 (expected) - Computer Science