tom barrasso

student scientist and self-taught software engineer

Summit Sunrise at Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts
Track Buddies on a Frozen Charles River, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Paw Prints on a Summer's Day
Boston's 100th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Miscellaneous photos taken during my existence

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Born in Cambridge, MA, fueled by caffeine, and driven by curiosity. I study science, make Android apps, contribute source code, run, climb, read, bike; just about anything that constitues the human experience ad infinitum

Presently, my time is spent studying the natural sciences with an emphasis on Chemistry and Environmental Science

Looking to hire? Check out my résumé


Circa Now

I am a motivated, full-time student in the College of Natural Science and Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. There I spend most of my time as an undergraduate research assistant in the Biogeochemistry lab, resident assistant, hiking leader for the UMASS Outing Club, among many other identities.

I focus on the observable effects of industrialization and globalization: building models of past environments, and engineering solutions to global issues. E.O. Wilson called the 21st century the Century of the Environment. I am amazed by the accomplishments in science and engineering to date, and am excited by the challenges and possibilities facing humanity and our relationship with the natural world. Although I keep myself busy, I am always open to new ideas. If you would like to become a part of my future, let's get in touch

familiar lab instrumentation & techniques

  • IR-Spec
  • Mass Spec
  • GC
  • TLC
  • HPLC
  • UV/Vis
  • NMR
  • PCR
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Distillation
  • Aseptic Technique
  • Column Chromatography
  • Crystallization

mon passé

Circa Then

In 2012 I graduated from CRLS. I built websites and mobile apps (see below), designed promotional material, instructed courses at the Harvard Extension School, and even started my own business (a technology service & education non-profit organization called Digital Independence). In my free time I audited computer science courses at Harvard and MIT, experimenting with my own ideas app and website ideas.

familiar programming languages & frameworks

  • Java
  • Ruby on Rails
  • PHP
  • Android
  • iOS
  • SQL
  • Objective-C
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • CSS3
  • HTML5
  • C#
  • .NET
  • Windows Phone

apps (on Google Play)

removed from Google Play

acquired (on Apptopia)


I smile on Mondays… and when I get an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, Zerply, or Google+. I would also be happy with an email, or for really urgent matters feel free to give me a ring.