Hi, I’m Randy Karels.
I’m a software engineer
in Minneapolis.

Full-stack Web Development

I like happy teams, web standards, clean code, and uncluttered layouts. My experience includes:

Data Analysis & Information Design

I create clear, compelling reports and graphics that solve people’s problems. I am proficient at querying databases and transforming raw data into useable data. I am comfortable designing for the boardroom, printed materials, web sites, or simple pdfs and spreadsheets.


BuzzFeed, Senior Software Engineer 2016-Present

BuzzFeed is a digital media powerhouse. I’m part of the Minneapolis office, focused on full-stack web development with a dash of big-data analytics.

SparkFun Electronics, Senior Data Developer 2011-2016

SparkFun designs, manufactures, and sells DIY electronics. We are the leader in our market, selling over $30 million of products yearly to customers around the world. My projects range from spreadsheets to high-polish printed reports to full stack web-based dashboards. I rely on both internal databases and external APIs that feed into a library of queries I’ve developed. My responsibilities include:

Web Designer & Programmer—Freelance 2006-2016

I’ve created a wide range of web sites for artists, lighting designers, architects, photographers, non-profits, and government.

Data Analyst & Programmer—Freelance 2003–2010

Primarily, I created strategic reports for the executive leadership of a large academic physician group. I was also tapped as project manager for internal process improvements, such as increasing access for community physicians and improving the accuracy and usability of the electronic medical records system.

Yosemite N.P.—Lead Wilderness Park Ranger 2002–2005

Conducted wilderness patrols in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park and educated park visitors at the permit station. Completed a geo-spatial analysis of wilderness use patterns and a detailed audit of the bear canister food storage program.

Eley Associates—Energy Engineer 2000–2002

I managed daily operations for the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (a non-profit helping school districts improve the energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainability of their buildings). I co-developed a system of market-leading sustainable design criteria currently used throughout California, co-edited and contributed to the 500 page Best Practices Manual, and created marketing and training materials.

Deloitte Consulting—Business Analyst 1998–1999

I specialized in demographic and market research, database analysis, and deliverable creation in high stress environments. My primary industry areas were health care and telecom.

BS Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude)—University of Minnesota, 1998.