Melinda J. Malmgren

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Highly motivated leader with extensive experience delivering software in complex environments and driving culture change at scale. Passionate engineer who strives to improve the way the world delivers software and to create environments where teams thrive.
; Tucson, Arizona
Bachelor of Science
Major: Computer Science
May 2007

Principal Engineer - Engineering Excellence
American Airlines
Apr 2020 – Present
Worked in the Technology Transformation organization driving change at scale and delivering enterprise solutions in support of modernization efforts.
  • Directly managed a team of engineers whose focus was to create a best-in-class engineer experience at American.
  • Championed the InnerSource efforts across the company by hosting workshops, providing individual consulting to product teams, contributing code to repos, and creating an InnerSource Marketplace.
  • Developed tools designed to break down collaboration barriers and elevate the engineer voice, including standing up an enterprise wiki and a tech landscape visualization tool.
  • Conducted interviews for roles across the company and advocated for hiring practices that support diversity.
  • Contributed to open source projects on behalf of American Airlines and sourced numerous projects to introduce to the open source community.
  • Organized sponsorship of multiple college hackathons in support of American's talent pipeline.
  • Oversaw the rollout of multiple enterprise wide tech initiatives, including Tower and Tech Radar.
  • Developed proof-of-concepts in support of the Emerging Tech team to investigate innovative solutions.
Principal Tech Lead
American Airlines
Jul 2018 – Apr 2020
Worked in the Airline Operations Technology organization leading the technical delivery of applications in the Safety & Security portfolio.
  • Mentored developers across all areas of numerous projects and tech stacks.
  • Owned and maintained the Azure Devops CI/CD pipelines for the Safety & Security portfolio.
  • Oversaw and mentored a group of 14 new grad engineers participating in AA’s accelerated leadership program as they developed and released a production application.
  • Introduced coding standards and implemented code reviews, linting, branching strategies, and automated testing across multiple teams.
  • Provided technical guidance for the continued development and re-write of CERS including conversion of mobile apps into a Progressive Web App, database migration, and re-architecting to a cloud native solution.
  • Championed and coordinated the adoption of InnerSource at American by organizing workshops, maintaining repos, and guiding teams on how to InnerSource their projects.
  • Created roadmaps for modernizing and re-architecting numerous applications to be cloud native.
  • Architected and deployed the first production application at American Airlines to be hosted in Azure.
Senior Software Engineer/Tech Lead
American Airlines
Jan 2014 - Jul 2018
Worked on multiple teams across the Airline Operations Technology organization contributing to the creation of solutions for critical airline operations.
  • Enhanced and supported multiple critical .NET applications throughout the US Airways merger.
  • Initiated and implemented a CI/CD process for projects across the department including automated testing, linting, environment configuration and reporting.
  • Led in the full stack development of a real time line-of-flying application used to support traffic coordinators and mechanics across the airline using Angular, .NET Core, MongoDB, and D3 on Cloud Foundry.
  • Participated in the creation of AA’s first Angular monorepo including creating the CI/CD pipeline, contributing to shared components, and developing new applications within the monorepo.
  • Advocated for and implemented coding standards, best practices and DevOps.
Software Developer II - Mobile
Lumension Security
Oct 2012 – Nov 2013
Worked in the newly formed mobile department to create the first version of Lumension's core product for mobile.
  • Designed and implemented the mobile device management module of LEMSS, Lumension’s core product, from the ground up.
  • Implemented code for all levels of the module including the front end ASP user interface.
  • Utilized iOS and Android APIs for supporting a wide array of device security functionality, and tested on all major OS versions and manufacturer devices.
  • Created Lumension’s Android application using C# and Xamarin.
Software Developer II - Automation
Lumension Security
Jan 2018 – Jun 2019
Worked on the Central Services team enabling test automation and overseeing production deployments.
  • Enhanced, maintained and owned the Automation framework used to automate test cases and assure the quality of Lumension’s core product.
  • Collaborated with the Configuration Management team to create multiple tools and plugins for TFS, including automated work item tools and source control management enhancements.
  • Designed and implemented an automated tool for validating the output of TFS builds. This tool is currently being used on all main line builds within the company.
Software Developer
Exponent Inc
Mar 2009 - Aug 2010
Participated in the full software life cycle of a multi-million dollar US government contract for ground penetrating radar systems. Responsibilities included designing and implementing user interfaces using WPF and C# for desktop applications, implementing device interfaces, unit testing, and creating training documents.
Mobile Application Developer
Jun 2007 – Feb 2009
Implemented the web based mobile version of Lotus Connections, IBM’s most successful new software product introduction to date, using Java and agile methodologies.
Software Development Co-Op
Apr 2006 – Apr 2007
Designed and implemented Java desktop applications to aid other departments in supporting IBM hardware products.

Technical Skills
JavaScript/TypeScript C# Actions Azure Angular Node React DevOps Docker Git Cloud Foundry Rest APIs Azure DevOps Postgres MySQL Mongo CSS Terraform

Notable Recognition
Great job in leading the Engineering Experience survey from conception, delivery, analysis, and ultimately presenting the outcomes to our senior leaders. You've all shown such a passion for improving the experience for our people building and delivering technology at AA. Keep driving change and we will make AA a destination for world class technology talent...
- Chief Architect, American Airlines
Jun 26, 2020
Your efforts in promoting culture change is pivotal in moving the bar. And it's definitely moved! Thanks for always pushing for the culture you believe in.
- Principal Tech Lead, Airline Operations Technology
Sep 24, 2020
I want to take this opportunity to thank Melinda for being such an empowering manager in the first year of my career. She always had faith in my ability and gave me the support I needed to become a better developer. Thank you very much Melinda!
- Associate Developer, Technology Transformation
Jun 28, 2021
Thank you for the contributions on multiple fronts - from deep InnerSource items (like workshops) to broad efforts around our transformation efforts. Your passionate approach to making American better continues to showcase you as a leader and to help us all look at where we can apply focus to move us all forward. Your accountable efforts in keeping the InnerSource community together is wonderful to be around. Thank you!
- Director of Architecture, Technology Transformation
Mar 7, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to come and present at CT-TechEx last month (twice!) and sharing all the great stuff happening in Runway and Tower! The sessions with TnT are always really well received and it's always terrific content.
- Director of Architecture, Customer Technology
Jun 30, 2021
Thank you all for your support of TnT talent search. It's a time consuming process to find the right fit. From screening resume, planning the interview questions, coordinating with hiring manager, and juggling among your already busy day to day priorities to carry out the interviews. Each talent we bring onto the team, there is tremendous effort behind the scene. I really appreciate your selfless contribution to the organization.
- Senior Manager, Technology Transformation
Jun 24, 2021
For your unequivocal support of the ADEPT program. From mentoring, technical leadership, team building and creating a welcoming and supportive environment. Thank you for helping set the foundations of our future.
- Managing Director, Cloud and Engineering Platforms
Jun 23, 2021
You must have super powers because I do not know how you managed an ADEPT class project and having 5 brand new ADEPTs on your team! Not only did you manage it, but from what I have seen you excelled at it. The ADEPTs have had such great things to say about you and the program is lucky to have such a supportive manager working with them. Thank you for all you have done for the ADEPTs and the program!
- Program Manager, ADEPT
Jun 18, 2021
Thank you for all the help and contribution toward Adamson's Senior Part/Full-Time opportunity with these young adults. Working with you yesterday, you demonstrated a true passion for our younger generation and wanting them to succeed in IT.
- Manager - Mobile
Aug 4, 2021
Melinda, thank you for all you’ve done to promote InnerSource at American, organizing and participating in the GT Services Runway Blueprint hackathon, and setting a good example for everyone you work with in IT with your positive attitude.
- Principle Tech Lead, Airline Operations Technology
Dec 31, 2020
Thanks for jumping in and providing your InnerSource contributions to Artifactory actions! The demo was awesome!
- Senior Engineer, DevOps Toolchain
Mar 5, 2021
Thank you for continuing to provide me with guidance! You are truly a knowledgeable developer and I am grateful for your help.
- Mid-Level Software Engineer, Airline Operations Technology
Oct 14, 2020
Thank you for giving your time and talents to TSG this month. I appreciate you being bold and leading two sections of Tech Board. You are an important part of knowledge sharing & collaboration at American Airlines, and it shows!
- Coach, Technology Transformation
Sep 2, 2020
Thank you for organizing the Innersource workshops. They are always informative and helpful. I appreciate you taking the time to put these together for all of us. It's a great way to learn about the tools available to us, and how people are using those tools.
- Senior Developer, Customer Technology
Aug 26, 2020
Melinda, it's always so refreshing working with you each time our jobs cross paths. We get things done incredibly fast and efficiently.
- Principal Program Manager, Emerging Tech
Jul 20, 2020
Thank you for always going above and beyond with everything related to the InnerSource community. We're all stronger because of your passion and commitment to making InnerSource an integral part of how we deliver at American!
- Principal Architect, Emerging Tech
Mar 31, 2020
Thanks for giving up your weekend to come and help in College Station for TAMU Hack in January. Your help ensured that we got some awesome interns for this summer. Thanks for all you do and making work fun!
- Senior Manager, Airline Operations Technology
Mar 27, 2020
Thank you for being an amazing Tech Lead. Your leadership during the SE Tool Azure cutover has been invaluable. Thank you!
- Associate Developer, Airline Operations Technology
Mar 23, 2020
Melinda continues to look out for AA's ADEPT program and push for their success. She shares her opinions and thoughts with other leaders in the interest of our ADEPTS. I have had the pleasure to work with Melinda in a few different places thought the airline and continue to welcome her opinions and engagement.
- Principal Engineer, IT Site Reliability
Aug 9, 2021
You work so much for your team that I ended up just taking that for granted - nights , weekends, etc. Thanks for pushing the team to get better, even when it was a challenge.
- Principal Tech Lead, Airline Operations Technology
Mar 20, 2020
Thank you for all that you do every day to support the entire safety organization! Without your hard work and dedication we would not have had the successes we have had and would not be in the position we are in. Looking forward to more successes in 2020.
- Senior Analyst, Safety Assurance
Dec 13, 2019
CI/CD can't compare to CM (Continuous Melinda). You amaze me daily, literally daily, with the work you are able to accomplish. You have provided a non-stop continuous improvement of our systems, be it process or technological capabilities. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for raising the bar. Thank you for being the example of HUNGRY to so many impressionable team members!
- Manager, Safety Apps
Oct 30, 2019
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Melinda Malmgren Melinda Malmgren is from Phoenix, Arizona and first started writing lines of code at 10 years old when she discovered that she could make her own website on her AOL dialup connection. Her animated gifs eventually morphed into an interest in Computer Science and she completed numerous programming classes at Glendale Community College during her middle and high school years. Melinda later attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona where she studied Computer Science. During her university studies, she interned with IBM where she was able to put theory into practice in a large scale environment.

In her spare time, she travels frequently and loves to seek out the best view in every place she visits. Her favorites are those at the end of a good hike.