Mauricio Soto

Software Engineering Phd Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University · (412)-268-4748 ·

I am a Software Engineering PhD Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research. I am advised by Dr. Claire Le Goues.
I come from Costa Rica, the land of sloths, coffee, and renewable energy. I studied Computer Science and Music at the University of Costa Rica, then obtained a M.Sc. in Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I have worked in several companies and universities as a Software Engineer and Software Researcher. I am a very happy person, I play the saxophone, and I love salsa.


Software Engineering Researcher

Carnegie Mellon University

Developed Automatic Program Repair tool to patch bugs in Java without human interaction
Created a probabilistic model using data mining to inform edit distribution in human patches
Designed and implemented Java application for user authentication using keystroke dynamics

August 2014 – Present

Software Research Intern

ABB Coorporate Research

Led project training a machine learning model from biometric data to predict productivity indicators
Designed features, compared performance, and learning curve of trained model using statistical methods

May 2018 - August 2018

Software Developer II

Experian, Credit Score Reporting Services

Built identity theft prevention software in Java EE to increase security of end users

August 2013 – August 2014


Mathematics and Meta-mathematics Research Center, University of Costa Rica

Project Manager in charge of the Research Center's development team
Created web applications for the use of university personnel

February 2010 – August 2014

Web Developer

Sonny Werblin Center, Rutgers University

Developed online test-taking application and facility evaluation application in PHP and HTML

February 2013 – September 2013

Software Developer

Intel Corporation

Redesigned a calendaring application in C#, its development and deployment to production
Provided internal site management and design with SharePoint and Silverlight technologies

February 2012 – January 2013


Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Doctor of Philosophy in Software Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science

Master of Science in Software Engineering
December 2018

University of Costa Rica, School of Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
December 2013

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Computer Science

Exchange Student
June 2013


Programming Languages & Tools
  • Java
  • Python
  • Bash
  • LaTex
  • C#
  • C
  • C++
  • PHP
  • Scala
  • MySQL
  • UML
  • XML
  • HTML
  • CSS
Machine Learning
  • scikit-learn
  • scipy
  • Weka
  • LightSIDE
  • Cross validation
  • Classifiers
  • Regression
  • Clustering
  • Git
  • Ant
  • Maven
  • Junit
  • Java EE
  • Eclipse
  • Visual Studio
  • CMS
  • Gumtree
Software Engineering
  • Agile Development
  • Scrum
  • Continuous Integration
  • Design Patterns
  • Unit Testing
  • Multithreading
Language Skills
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese



Apart from being a software engineer, I love making music. I mainly play in these groups:

I also love adventures with my beautiful wife and my shar pei dog: Building a fort, outdoor concerts, water balloon fights, traveling around the world, home improvements, and many many more :)