Steven Merrill's picture
United States
Current Role(s): 
Director of Engineering

Professional Info

Companies Worked For
Bradley University, Infogenic Systems, Treehouse Agency, Phase2 Technology
Industries Worked In: 
Higher Education, Not-For-Profit Web Development, Commercial Web Development, Commercial Multimedia Development, Professional Classical Singing, Multimedia

Personal Info

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As Director of Engineering with Phase2, Steven Merrill is instrumental in propelling into its position as a leader in Drupal architecture and performance. His work in cloud-based hosting architecture, sophisticated caching structures, and optimization power tools like Varnish and Scala have served to push our projects past the perceived limits of Drupal performance.

In addition to site performance, Steven has implemented and evangelized innovations in leveraging Jenkins (formerly known as Hudson) job automation, including continuous integration and a spectrum of automated testing approaches. These automations yield substantial quality and efficiency benefits to clients including and TheStreet.

Steven Merrill is a frequent contributor to the Drupal community. He contributed and maintains the SWFAddress module, made significant contributions to Drupal 7's core Bartik theme and the Color module, and submits frequent patches to contributed modules on

Steven's acumen, however, extends beyond that of technology. He is recognized and respected as an exceptionally eloquent speaker and skilled mentor. Steven leverages his background as a university instructor to break down advanced concepts and lead others with practical implementation advice. His audiences range from industry conference attendees to internal client development teams, to peers at local meetups and camps.


Member for
9 years 8 months
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Drupal Contributions: 

I often speak on Varnish, front-end performance, and Vagrant in relation to Drupal. I'm also currently working on pulling Panels ESI into ESI module for Drupal 7. In the past I contributed the odd patch to services.module and wrote the SWFAddress module with bmcmurray, and I hope to contribute far more in the future.

Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Boston 2008
DrupalCon DC 2009
DrupalCon San Francisco 2010
DrupalCon Chicago 2011
DrupalCon London 2011
DrupalCon Denver 2012


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Steven Merrill helps support and grow the Drupal community with the Drupal Association.

My mentors: 

2 people list Steven Merrill as a mentor

I contributed Drupal patches
I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed to Drupal issue queues
I contributed Drupal documentation
I provide Drupal-related services
I give support on IRC