Nikki Vinayan

Backend Developer,located NY,USA. Currently Software Engineer, living the functional programming experience.



nikki dot vinayan at gmail dot com


University of Melbourne

M.S, Computer Science

July 2013 – August 2015

Melbourne, Australia

  • Thesis: Cache based path routing in road networks
  • Theme: Distributed Systems
  • W.A.M: 78.68% (3.7 GPA)
  • Elected president of Women in ICT student club

Work Experience

University of Melbourne

Web Services Intern

May 2014 – December 2014 (8 months)

Melbourne, Australia

  • Created prototype for a website that measures and ranks the accessibility of websites.
  • Helped create tools to report web activity on marketing campaigns.
  • Simple REST application for storing employee information.

Work Experience

Collabera Services

Software Engineer

April 2010 – June 2013 (3 years)

Bangalore, India

  • Development of enhancements and defect fixes in large financial enterprise systems.
  • Large teams :- Adept at well structured and maintainable code

Tech Skills

  • Languages: Java, SQL, Ruby, Go, JavaScript, Haskell

  • Web: CSS, jQuery, HAML, Sinatra

  • Data Tools: Python, Pandas, NumPy, WEKA, R

  • Others: Git, ZeroMQ, OpenStack, CouchDB, Ansible

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Grace Hopper Scholar
  • 2014 Google APAC Anita Borg Scholarship finalist
  • 2014 University of Melbourne Computer Science Graduate Ambassador


  • 2015 Hack to your future run by Seamless CMS, my team won 3rd prize.
  • 2015 Hack for Humanity, as part of Open Source Day: Grace Hopper Conference.
  • 2014 International Womens Hackathon by Microsoft Research, team won at University level.

Giving Back

  • Currently volunteer for “Girls Who Code”.
  • Mentored for Rails Girls Melbourne.
  • Robogals, University of Melbourne Chapter volunteer
  • Helped the University run “Introduction to Programming” workshops for women.
  • Volunteered for YOW! Nights and YOW! Conference.

Short Term Courses

Other stuff I do

  • B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering(2009)
  • Comic/Dark Fantasy geek esp:- Neil Gaiman,Terry Pratchett.
  • Logophile/Bibliophile/Coffeephile.
  • Cosmopolitan : Lived long term in 4 countries, currently in 5th.
  • Beginners Level CID Unesco Certified Bellydancer : Has performed on stage and for charity.