Michael Mentele

Fantasy Author/Ruby-on-Rails Developer/Electrical Engineer

Work History

Work History
May 2014 - Present

Fantasy Author

45,000 words into Flight From Rienven. Book 1 of 9 in the Homeland Lost sequence.

Shorecrest Highschool

Jan 2014 - Present

Assistant Wrestling Coach 


Aug 2014 - Present


Construction, handyman,  and other short-term/event based income.

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014

Oculus Brand Ambassador

Demoed the Oculus Rift DK2 to 150+ developers and enthusiasts at PAX Prime

Associate Power Engineer

Developed logic specifications to be deployed for products in 50+ countries in the world's premier embedded protection systems.

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

May 2012 - Dec 2012

Power Intern

May 2011 - May 2012

Kitchen Coordinator and Line Cook

Orchestrated meals so that 4-6 cooks delivered $5000+ worth of product on time consistently. Acted as line cook (mid, saute, grill, pantry, and prep.)

Villa Pizza Kitchen

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011


May 2009 - Aug 2011


Seasonal work out of Dutch Harbor on the Seafreeze Alaska. 112 hour weeks lifting ~2200 50 lb. pans into freezers and coordinating the freezing cycles of 11 2-ton freezers on a moving boat. Yes, it was hell.

Tweedy and Popp Ace Hardware

May 2007 - Aug 2008

Cashier/General Hand

Customer assistance. 

Child Time Daycare

May 2006 - Aug 2006

Daycare Assistant


May 2004 - May 2008


Toured neighborhoods asking to mow lawns, do yardwork, and work simple construction. Babysat, house sat, and pet sat. 



Developer Self-Apprenticship

Sep 2014 - Present


Completed MITs introductory course and prep materials for the San Francisco based App Academy.

Southeast Asia

May 2014 - Aug 2014

World Traveler

Nothing can provide perspective like the juxtaposition of a very different culture. Not to mention the courage developed navigating through a country for three months where you cannot communicate with the bus driver/ticket booth/etc.

Washington State University

Aug 2008 - Dec 2012

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

3.7/4.0 GPA in Major

3.4/4.0 Cumulative

Presidents Honor Roll 3/4 years


General/Fantasy Novels
Application Dev
Building Applications



Open Water Diver

Aug 2014 - Present

Scuba Schools International

Advanced Adventurer

Aug 2014 - Present

Scuba Schools International



Henry Truong

Event manager for Oculus at PAX Prime. 323.304.2878

Lars Swenson

Manager at Southfork. 206.218.3896

Casper Labuschagne

400 series product development supervisor in R&D. 1.509.332.1890 (Ask for Casper La-boo-scoff-knee).