I’m A. Jesse Jiryu Davis, a Senior Staff Research Engineer in MongoDB’s Distributed Systems Research Group. I live and climb in New Paltz, NY.

Here’s my speaking schedule.

Past Projects:




I’ve done portraits of transitional housing residents, climbers, and American Zen Buddhists.


I’m a Zen student at the Village Zendo and New Paltz Zen Center. I’m a secular Jew.


I got a BA in Computer Science from Oberlin College, took photo classes at The International Center for Photography, and lived for a year at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center.

Contact Me:

Unless you’re a recruiter.

Email jesse@emptysquare.net or jesse@mongodb.com.

@jessejiryudavis on Twitter, ajdavis on GitHub, emptysquare on Flickr, @jessejiryudavis@discuss.systems.

I look like this:

Color photo of a tanned, middle-aged Jew with a short graying beard and buzz cut hair, and gray-blue eyes. He’s dramatically lit from the side with a black background, and he gazes resolutely into the distance like he’s planning to climb a mountain or something.