I am a software engineer as well as a cloud solutions engineer. I have a strong development background, but after years of being exposed to and gaining experience using automation tools, my role has shifted. I am now as active in setting up and managing infrastructure for cloud apps as I am developing cloud apps themselves – which suits me perfectly! I do my best to exemplify DevOps culture – it helps me to be a true ‘full stack developer’ in every sense of the term.
I was into computers from a very early age – I’ve always wanted to be involved in technology. I also love bringing joy to others, which is why growing up I always thought I would be entertaining others through technology. As I matured and started to enter the workforce I realized I could bring joy to others in a different way – by helping them do what they do more efficiently through technology.
There are two main things I look for. First is the opportunity for growth through constant challenges. I love learning how to use new technologies to solve interesting problems. The other thing I look for is a healthy work environment – a tight-knit group of individuals working together, rather than just cogs in a giant machine.
It is hard to pick just one. I have to say that it is the people working with me. We’re all very self-motivated in that we all want to do better and be better. Thankfully, we have the freedom to do so.
If I have a nickname around the office, I don’t know it!
I don’t know that I would want to switch, I love what I’m doing so much. Potentially I might want to switch jobs with Mike, the Director of Software Engineering. When it comes to software projects, he enables the rest of his team to succeed, but also rolls up his sleeves to dive in and pick up the slack where needed. He has a ‘lead from the front’ mentality and leadership style, and that is exactly the kind of leadership style that I like to employ when leading a team.
Be hungry for knowledge. Get into the mindset that you will learn what you need in order to succeed.
RBN has not only provided me with new opportunities to learn new technologies, but has also rewarded me when completing challenges utilizing the things I’ve learned. I’m constantly growing, and the experience I’ve gained is invaluable. I’ve had six years worth of experience compacted into my three years here at RBN.
It is hard to pick just one because there are so many. I think my favorite was when I helped to develop an app used by several professional sports teams – it would show exactly where the players were on the virtual field at any given time and stream game statistics and events in real time. There were many different kinds of interesting software and hardware that had to integrate together to make that happen.
I have always had a fascination with VR technology – so if I had to choose something other than Cloud software it would be developing that kind of technology. If I had to choose something other than software, I have no idea.
Persevering, Cheerful, Optimistic
“Syntactic Sugar” a musical comedy starring Chris Pratt.
Lots of different things – various video games, TV shows and movies. I like practicing my drum skills and learning new languages (programming or otherwise). Tabletop RPGs (like Dungeons and Dragons) is a favorite pastime of mine, though I have recently doing Escape Rooms which are a lot of fun. Now that it is getting colder outside, skiing and ice skating.
A nice, juicy rib-eye steak (medium rare), mashed potatoes and gravy, blackened peas and a glass of Chianti.
I like to think I’ve always had a knack for creative writing. I dabbled in it long ago, but now I tend to funnel that kind of creativity into RPGs.
Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise.
Probably “Nice!” or “Awesome!” when hearing good news, or “Ya know” when trying to explain something.
When I was a young adult, I spent several summers working at Camp Dearborn. I’d have to say that was the weirdest – not because the job itself was strange, but because of the funny situations I would find myself in. For example, when prepping right before the beginning of the season, we would have to clear out any wasp nests we found. I was expecting them to give me a wasp killer spray, but they handed me a baseball bat and told me to hop in the back of the truck, take a swing and hang on tight!
Strap in – you’re about to start one heck of a wild ride!
Real American by Rick Derringer