Joe Torreggiani
Joe Torreggiani
I'm on a mission to do the most good I can do.
Technologist | Educator | Activist

About Me

As an undergraduate studying history and philosophy, I was inspired by the struggles and triumphs of humankind. Studying environmental ethics impressed upon me the severity of the environmental degradation and suffering happening in the world. I realized how far humanity has come and how far it still needs to go. I became dedicated to making a positive difference any way I could.

After graduating in 2010, I enrolled in a masters in political science to study environmental policy. I quickly realized in order to understand the complex problems facing the world, I needed to pursue interdisciplinary research. This led me to leave the program and begin a period of intensive self-directed learning and further education in the STEM fields. That singular pursuit eventually led me to software development and to become a technical contributor to impact-driven organizations across multiple domains.

Today, I am a senior software engineer at Square, Inc, where we are building tools to empower people to participate and thrive in the economy. I am also a co-founder of the Sustainable Progress and Equality Collective (SPEC), which is an open learning organization that empowers individuals to be catalysts for positive change.


  • Lead development of a mobile application portal for a virtual agronomy platform. Managed the project from requirements gathering to deployment and maintenance.
  • Integrated digital course material management service provider's billing process with leading enterprise student information system via REST API. Automated manual reconciliation processes for university accounts receivable departments.
  • Developed an automated call-centre service for a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company's product release. Delivered solution two months ahead of schedule and $15K under budget.
  • Invited by the College of Saint Rose to present research on the use of crowdsourcing to address the problems of corporate greed and income inequality.
  • Guest lecturer on environmental physics and sustainable technologies at the State University of New York at Albany.

Skills & Experience

  • Software Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Project Management
  • Research & Development
  • Tutoring & Mentoring
  • Public Speaking
  • Distributed Management & Collaboration
  • Customer Success & Quality Assurance
  • Technical Writing

Projects & Organizations

Research Areas

  • Open Source & Open Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Citizen Science & Engineering
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture
  • Global Existential Risk
  • Climate Change
  • Social Justice
  • STEAM Education
  • Sustainable Development

Personal Interests

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Hiking
  • Music
  • Space Exploration
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Martial Arts
  • Film & Acting
  • Travel & Foreign Languages

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