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Lisa Redden

Lisa's Biography

I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. I got my Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Waterloo May 2015. While I was attending Waterloo, I did internships in the telecommunications and security industries in Ottawa and New York City, including at Palantir. I’m currently living in Ottawa working as a Forward Deployed Engineer at Palantir.

Forward Deployed Engineer, Palantir Technologies, Ottawa

As a forward deployed engineer (FDSE), I work directly with customers to understand their greatest data problems and pain points, and design end-to-end solutions to address them. My work is highly flexible and varies depending on the project or segment of a project that I’m working on. At various points, I work with the customer to develop a database model and integrate their data sources, or I might build the integration tools that allow customers to query or do deep dives into the data using one of our visualization tools. I might also help design and implement one of our visualization tools, such as a web app or dashboard. FDSE’s are really flexible while they are on a project, depending on the type of work being done. Throughout the course of my job, I’ve worked with multiple data systems like Cassandra or Hadoop, and programming languages like Java, Groovy, and Python.

Every day is different, and has a new set of challenges. I’m never bored – there’s always something meaningful to do. I also get to use a large variety of different technologies, and am always learning something new.

Palantir works with the world’s most important institutions to solve their hardest problems. We’re currently working to grow our Canadian presence.

I get to work with novel devices, prototype, and invent new ways of using upcoming technology; it’s a lot of fun to imagine the future. I also really like working with students who are creative and passionate about discovering how to use these new gestures to help people.

Making a difference for Canada. One of our most important clients is the Canadian government, so every day I get to see first-hand the impact of what I do for Canada.



Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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