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 and a world-class hosting infrastructure
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.
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’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 will likely be the first friendly face and voice to greet you at West Arete, allowing the rest of the team to focus on making great software!
User Experience Designer
Brittany works with our clients to design interfaces that are intuitive and efficient, capture workflows that are goal driven, and craft user interactions that meet those goals. Brittany calls on her background in Anthropology and her innate understanding of human behavior to give our projects a distinctly human feel.
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’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’s specialty is front end development. Turning great designs into awesome websites, Luke draws on his ability to focus on the small details but not lose sight of the project's big picture. Luke makes sure that our applications feel seamless to the user and can evolve to meet new challenges.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.