Brandon T. Kowalski

Geek, programmer & ambivert.

current roles

Cornell University

[May 2016 - Now]

software engineer at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER)

Abstract Elemental

[August 2017 - Now]

co-founder of an Ithaca based software development firm

past roles

TIAA (Envisage Information Systems)

[June 2014 - May 2016]

software developer of various retirement industry related products



library that loads tagged sql queries by name for use in your application (yay syntax highlighing! boo string literals!)


library for sending emails powered by Freemarker

work projects


a microservice that snags variable metadata from popular statistical software files

side projects


utility that provides a web interface to a fake SMTP server. Use it to test your application's email capabilities


application that allows school administrators to easily create & send notices out to their campus community


Rediscovering the Stories of
 Self-Liberating People

presented at IASSIST 2019 (Sydney, NSW, AU) & explores the launch of Freedom on the Move and our desire to link disparate data sources

Curiosity's Fulcrum

presented at IASSIST 2018 (Montréal, QC, CA) & explores how to leverage the citizen historian to explore and transcribe the history of the Antebellum South

Metadata-Driven Gamification

presented at NADDI 2017 (Ithaca, NY, USA) & discussess how the Freedom on the Move project leverages metadata in order to provide a rewarding experience

giving back

Day with Code

a weekend workshop for middle schoolers that teaches the fundamentals of programming using Scratch

the sandbox

Kowalski R&D

if there was an island of misfit code, this is the reference implementation



identity verification & public key


where all the fruits of my free time ends up


where I complain about my internet service