Omer Ayfer

Oakland, California, USA
Omer Ayfer v0.1


I am an IT generalist who thrives when given ownership of strategic challenges that can be met using technology. I have more than 17 years of experience as an engineer, with a preferred focus on Linux, networking, security, storage and cloud technologies; and over 9 years of experience managing staff, projects and budgets. As of late 2015, I am happily employed at a biotechnology company where I find my severe allergy to inefficient processes is a boon to the organization.

Relevant Work History

Veracyte, Inc. South San Francisco, CA (2015 - present)

Director, IT Operations

Sequenta, Inc./Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. South San Francisco, CA (2014 - 2015)

Associate Director, IT/Director, IT

Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. Hayward, CA (2002 - 2014)

Director, IT and Communications (2008 - 2014)

Sr. Information Systems Engineer (2007 - 2008)

Programmer/Analyst I through IV (2002 - 2007)


My most valuable technical skill is the ability to translate company-wide requirements into effective IT solutions.

My most valuable soft skill is communication, including distilling technical content for non-technical audiences both in presentations and individual meetings.

I enjoy an even split between time spent on managerial and engineering tasks, and mostly held roles that required hands-on expertise in:

I have strong technological preferences but also believe any major style (e.g. vmware or Xen, Oracle or MySQL) can work well when correctly implemented and managed.

Examples of taste: I prefer vi over emacs, Ansible over Chef or Puppet and have recently come to terms with Python being better than Perl. I use Mac OSX on my laptop and Fedora on my workstation, with access to a Windows virtual desktop. All things being equal, I prefer CentOS and Ubuntu LTS for servers. I am a big fan of free and open source software.


Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Leadership Development Program
Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego, CA


I enjoy giving guest lectures (especially about information security) and have most recently done so at Merritt College in 2015, where the course materials I developed became part of a two year curriculum.

In May 2010, I served as a Grand Awards Judge (Computer Science) at Intel ISEF in San Jose, CA. As a result, I have higher hopes for the future of the CS field.

While I was unemployed as an entry-level job seeker just after the dot-com crash, I co-authored a book:
"Kim Korkar Linux'tan?" (Who's afraid of Linux?), 2003, an introductory book about Linux in Turkish