Derek R. Smith


Collaborating with a diverse and driven organization to solve complex and difficult problems, while fostering a rich and genuine culture.


Better HoldCo.

Senior Software Engineer, L7 June 2021 - Present
Austin, TX — Remote

Senior Engineer on the Mortgage Engine Platform and Core Tech teams — maintaining, optimizing & enhancing the core engine that powers the mortgage business.

Goodway Group, INC

Engineering Manager / Security Czar August 2017 - June 2021
Austin, TX — Remote

Managed & led the highest performing engineering team in the organization which resulted in the delivery of a purpose built, client facing, real-time reporting dashboard product.

Synctree, INC

Principal Architect March 2015 - August 2017
Austin, TX — Remote

Architect, refactored and worked directly in many systems, languages, stacks and platforms. Charged with driving core technology decisions across a diverse client base, reporting directly to C-level management.


Software Engineering Manager - Multiple Teams 2014 - 2015
Austin, TX

Provided technical leadership, mentoring and process improvements while reporting directly to CTO.

Director of Engineering / Chief Architect 2012 - 2015
Los Angeles, CA

Director of engineering teams which developed and maintained multiple products. These products consisted of shared services, ETL pipelines, consumer facing websites and internal systems. Reported directly to CEO & CTO.

Northrop Grumman

Software Engineer II: Software Performance Team Lead, POSITRON R&D Team 2008 - 2012
Redondo Beach, CA & Azusa, CA

Lead Data & System Analyst on SBIRS Ground Development. Performed in-depth data mining and performance analysis of the delivered software and hardware solution.

NASA Develop National Program

Data Analyst 2006 - 2007
San Luis Obispo, CA


“NASA DEVELOP Students Use EOS Data to Study Air Quality on the U.S.–Canadian Border”.
DeWinter J., Keith K.
The Earth Observer
September - October 2007
Volume 19, Issue 5. Pg. 25-26




California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Minor in Mathematics

University of Washington, Seattle
Major in Physics & Astronomy