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Eli R Hooten, Ph D - Curriculum Vitae


GameWisp, Inc.
1310 Clinton Street, Ste 204
Nashville, TN 37202

Executive Summary

While obtaining my Ph D in Computer Science, I developed a deep knowledge of experimental design, human factors, statistical analysis, software development, and team management. Since 2012 I have applied these skills at GameWisp, Inc. as the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder.

At GameWisp I grew the software team from myself to a team of ten individuals that comprised developers, designers, data scientists, and project managers. Additionally, I led the overall technical design of GameWisp's products and shipped production-quality code on a daily basis. While at GameWisp our Annual Recurring Revenue grew from $0 to $4M, we gained hundreds of thousands active users, and shipped numerous successful products and features.

I hope to apply my skills as a scientist, software developer, and business leader to other companies in the gaming industry. I look forward to managing larger teams, solving harder technical problems, and providing the executive-level insight necessary to help a business grow, regardless of its current size.



Technical Expertise

Designing, scoping, and building web-based applications; third-party API design and implementation; Containerized Deployment pipelines; Process development and implementation; managing technical teams.


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA

Ph D, Computer Science, May 2014

M. Sc., Computer Science, May 2013

  • Advisor: Professor Julie A. Adams
  • GPA: 3.91/4.0

M. Sc., Electrical Engineering, December 2010

Murray State University, Murray, KY USA

B. Sc., Engineering Physics, May 2009

  • Summa Cum Laude with Honors Diploma
  • Honors Thesis: Development of a Reinforcement Learning Agent to Play Ms. Pac Man
  • Minor in Mathematics and Statistics
  • GPA: 3.87/4.0

Academic and Professional Experience

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder 2012 to Present

GameWisp, Inc.

  • Grew and managed a diverse team from 1 to 10 employees and contractors.
  • Developed production quality software responsible for over $4M in Annual Recurring Revenue.
  • Designed performant and cost-effective video upload, encoding, and delivery systems utilized by thousands of active users.
  • Designed, developed, and maintained production quality REST and WebSocket APIs used by hundreds of third-party developers.
  • Routinely developed features and products and shipped production-quality code.
  • Successfully assisted GameWisp's CEO with multiple rounds of venture capital fund-raising
  • Performed wireframing, A/B testing, data analysis, and user interviews for GameWisp products.
Research Assistant 2009 to 2014

Department of Electrical Engineer and Computer Science; Vanderbilt University

  • Implemented internal developmened processes for all laboratory software projects using C++/Qt, Ruby on Rails, R, and Git.
  • Independently designed, sourced, assembled, and flight tested unmanned aerial vehicles and balloons for archaeological field use in the Andes of South America.
  • Supported archaeological survey teams in remote areas of Peru by providing on-site hardware and software development.
  • Provided a production quality implementation of the General Visualization Abstraction Algorithm in C++

Refereed Publications

Cancerous tweets: socially sharing sensitive health information
MD Anderson, JA Adams, ER Hooten
Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC), 2014 IEEE International Conference on
Tablet Interaction Accuracy and Precision: Seated vs. Walking
ST Hayes, ER Hooten, JA Adams
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 2014
*Winner Best Student Paper
Communicative modalities for mobile device interaction
Eli R Hooten, Sean T Hayes, Julie A Adams
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2013
Comparing input error for mouse and touch input
Eli R Hooten, Julie A Adams
Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC), 2011 IEEE International Conference on
Visually-Cued Touch Gestures for Accurate Mobile Interaction
Sean T Hayes, Eli R Hooten, Julie A Adams
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 2011
A Comparison of Communicative Modes for Map-Based Tasking
Eli R Hooten, Sean T Hayes, Julie A Adams
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 2011
Multi-touch interaction for tasking robots
Sean Timothy Hayes, Eli R Hooten, Julie A Adams
Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2010 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on

Committee Appointments

GameWisp, Inc., Board Member - 2016 to present

20th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication, 2011 - Associate Editor

8th IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics, 2010 - Program Committee Member

Awards and Honors

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
  • Winner, Best Student Paper, 2014
American Society for Engineering Education
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2009 - 2012
National Science Foundation
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2010.
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2009.
Murray State University
  • Presidential Fellowship, 2004 - 2009
  • Dean's List for Academic Excellence, 2004 - 2008
  • Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Grant, 2009
  • Honors Program Outstanding Senior Graduate, 2009
  • Engineering and Physics Oustanding Senior Graduate, 2009
  • Starick Scholarship Recipient, 2008
  • Student Organization President of the Year Nominee, 2008
  • Honor Society Inductions: Society of Automotive Engineers, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honors Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society (all 2007)


Honors Program

Murray State University, Murray, KY USA

President of Student Council 2007 - 2008

  • Successfully proposed the addition of an Honors Math course to the Honors Program curriculum.
  • Oversaw council activities across all philanthropy, outreach, academic, social and service activities.
  • Acted as a liaison between the Honors Program and all other campus organizations.

Philanthropy Committee Chair 2007 - 2009

  • Oversaw the planning and execution of all philanthropic activities.
  • Raised thousands of dollars for the Waterfield Library annually.
  • Personally participated in all program fund raising events.
Department of Engineering and Physics

Murray State University, Murray, KY USA

Moonbuggy Team Co-Captain 2007 - 2009

  • Participated in NASAs annual Great Moonbuggy Race.
  • Worked with a team to design a race vehicle from scratch.
  • Winner of 2007 Unique Design Award
  • 2008 Second Place Finish
  • 2009 Fouth Place Finish

Baja SAE Team Co-Captain 2007 - 2008

  • Designed with a student team MSUs inagural Baja car: a single seat, motorized, off-road vehicle.
  • Personally designed and fabricated the vehicle's suspension system.
  • Responsible for acquiring and managing corporate sponsorships.

Technical Skills

The following is a subset of skills I've acquired over the last 15 years or so. It is by no means exhaustive.

Skill Last Used Time Used (yrs) Experience Level
PHP / Laravel present 4 Advanced
Vue / JavaScript present 3 Intermediate
Docker / Kubernetes present 4 Intermediate
AWS / GCP present 4 Intermediate
SVN / Git present 8 Intermediate
NodeJS 2016 2 Intermediate
C++ / Qt 2014 10 Advanced


References available upon request