Jake Sprouse

I am the Head of Technology at Synapse Product Development.

I have been at Synapse since 2007 as an embedded software engineer, and I've gotten great experience with a wide range of technologies and markets, like wearables, IoT, low-power wireless comms, embedded Linux, RTOSs and microcontrollers, embedded machine vision, VR/AR, and robotics... I was the Director of Software Engineering for four years, and I helped Synapse in transition after it was acquired by our friends from the UK, Cambridge Consultants. I've been the Head of Technology since December 2018.

Before Synapse, I spent six years at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, generally studying computer vision, and specifically working on road scene understanding for autonomous vehicles using particle filters to track high- and varying-dimensional state space models.

My undergraduate university was the Colorado School of Mines, which I attended from 1993 to 1997, and where I majored in Mathematics and studied computer science and robotics.

After college, I worked for three years in Mountain View, CA (pre-dot-com-bubble) for a mobile robotics startup called Nomadic Technologies. I wrote motor controller device drivers for Linux, a robotics simulation environment (X11!), and one of the world's first 802.11-based radio modems. Nomadic Technologies was acquired by 3com, Inc. shortly after I left for grad school.

My daugther, Charlotte, was born in September of 2017, and she's the greatest kid that ever was.

Other things to know about me:

  • I was born and raised in Ellensburg, WA, and Olympia, WA. I love Seattle and plan to stay for the foreseeable future.
  • I have a few programming projects that I do on my own time - the main one right now is a webapp for budgeting that I'm using to learn front-end web development and sharpen my javascript skills.
  • I enjoy mountain biking, swimming, and photography, when time allows.
  • My full name is John Jacob Sprouse II (after my paternal grandfather).


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