1. How did you come to do what you do? Was this a lifelong goal?
From a young age, I’ve always been fascinated with the way things work – especially in the realm of technology. This led me to taking programming classes in high school where I discovered my passion for this field. My time at college reinforced this interest, I majored in computer science where I was able to increase my technical skills and knowledge base. While I didn’t always know this would be my career, my combined curiosity and educational experiences made it a clear choice by the time I graduated.
2. What motivates you every day?
What motivates me is the problem-solving nature of my work, the satisfaction of turning abstract ideas into real, tangible solutions. Knowing that the work I do can make it easier for someone else to do their job is also truly motivating. Additionally, the ever-evolving nature of this field keeps me engaged and eager to learn more.
3. What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
My favorite projects to work on are the ones where I learn something new. I enjoy being able to put a new tool in my arsenal. I also enjoy projects where we can simplify or automate a manual process.
4. What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far?
An important lesson I’ve learned both in my professional and my personal life is to just do it. So often we are hesitant to do something in fear of doing it wrong or messing something up, but the reality is there’s virtually no mess that can’t be cleaned up. The more you go for it, regardless of what it is, the closer you’ll be to accomplishing your goals.
5. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. I also enjoy staying active as much as I can through things like basketball, yoga, swimming, and rock-climbing.