West Arete

We're a small, nimble custom software development company. Our passion is to write incredibly useful, reliable software.

Services

What we build
  • User focused custom web applications
  • Flexible & efficient web sites backed by content management systems
  • Enticing eCommerce web sites
  • Engaging mobile applications
  • Compelling user experiences
  • Crushing search engine optimization campaigns
  • A world-class hosting infrastructure

Contact

Get in touch

You'll find us in the heart of downtown State College. We're in the Allenway building, on the left side of the atrium.

(814) 753-4951

301 South Allen St, Suite 108 State College, PA 16801

People

Our team
West Arete

This is what we love to do and craftsmanship is our calling. Our diverse backgrounds mean that each of us can strive to be an expert in our field, and we can focus our best talents on your project. We're dedicated to creativity, outstanding communication, and customer satisfaction and work together to make sure each project leaves our hands ready to succeed.

We're hiring

West Arete is currently recruiting an experienced Ruby on Rails developer. The complete job description is in the document below. To apply, please compose a well-written email to team@westarete.com that talks about the following points:

  1. Something you built that you’re proud of.
  2. A collaboration with a client or product owner that went particularly well.
  3. The set of skills or knowledge that you’re currently pursuing.

This gives some insight into what we value and what we’re looking for. There are no hard and fast rules or requirements. We’re more interested in remarkable individuals than we are in absolutes.

Complete Job Description

Scott Woods

Scott Woods

President

Scott founded West Arete in 2005. He’s been programming and writing software for most of his life. His passion is making custom software development predictable and profitable for our clients, while providing an awesome work environment for his team.

Becky Bragg

Becky Bragg

Office Manager

Becky’s focus is on office management and bookkeeping. Her background in economics and love of people provide her with the expertise and empathy to keep us on track. She is likely to be the first person you meet at West Arete, allowing the rest of the team to focus on making great software!

Brittany Chiles

Brittany Chiles

VP of Finance

Brittany's business and financial acumen ensures that we are making sound decisions and operating in the black. She has owned multiple successful businesses. She is also an expert user interface designer.

Chet Swalina

Chet Swalina

Software Developer

Chet focuses on back end development. He has a background in high performance scientific computing. Chet's goal is to write agile, robust code, providing a solid foundation for the apps developed at West Arete.

Eric Durante

Eric Durante

Software Developer

Eric’s focus is on back end development. He helps to write the behind-the-scenes software that drives the websites and applications that we build. Eric is driven to craft well tested code that can remain flexible throughout its lifespan.

Luke Niedermyer

Luke Niedermyer

Development Operations, Software Developer

Luke’s specialty is front end development. Turning great designs into awesome websites, Luke crafts the fine details but does not lose sight of the project's big picture. His new focus is streamlining our development operations.

Nick Erhardt

Nick Erhardt

Software Developer

Nick is avid about constructing effective tools that are intuitive and svelte. He relies on his diverse background in physics, engineering and outdoor leadership to find creative yet utilitarian solutions.

Ryan Schenk

Ryan Schenk

Software Developer

Ryan's focus is on back end development. Ryan has an array of stellar skills in scientific computing and big data and he adds extensive experience in data visualization and interface design. Ryan specializes in solving complex programming questions with innovative—yet solid—code design.

Sally Woods

Sally Woods

Finance & Personnel

Sally handles the financial and personnel aspects of the business, so the rest of us focus on our clients and software. She has spent several years working in financial administration, accounting, and auditing. Sally helps keep West Arete running smoothly so employees and clients have a great experience.

Community

Hacky Hour

West Arete founded and organizes the local Hacky Hour, a fun, informal weekly meetup for all computer programmers near State College and Penn State, from the amateur to the professional.

Get involved

Open source software

West Arete and our clients have benefited immensely from the rich, free tools available via open source. Whenever possible, we develop and contribute quality software back to the community. Check out our profile on GitHub.

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Virtue

West Arete has always donated to local environmental groups, and is a proud member of 1% For The Planet.

As a League of American Bicyclists Silver Level Bike Friendly Business, we encourage people to ride more. We believe that it makes for a happier, healthier, and more sustainable community.