I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in astrophysics and previously worked as a research assistant at NASA and a data analyst at a startup. I have a passion for data processing and want to grow and develop as a backend engineer on my way towards becoming full-stack.
Why did you study astrophysics and how is what you learned applicable?
I wanted to study astrophysics from a very young age. I was always fascinated by the night sky and the phenomena of space. I performed research in high school and in college at institutions including the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, MIT's Physics Department, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Research in astrophysics cannot be done in a laboratory and all research must be done by accumulating and analyzing data. This is where I first learned about computer programming. Although I'm still passionate about astrophysics, I came to the realization that research is not for me. The start I had in computer programming and the discipline of critical thinking I was taught in the hard sciences I believe thoroughly prepared me for a career in this field.
Can you elaborate further on who you are as a person, beyond the astrophysics and programming?
I'm an insatiable learner, always trying to absorb new information. Whether it be programming tricks or geography, I love taking in new nuggets of information. My other passions also include sports, history, politics, science and philosophy.
But knowing a lot isn't very enjoyable without the ability to share it and talk about it. I'm always happy to sit down over coffee or a beer and have a candid discussion about the topic of the day.
What sort of work environment are you looking for?
I'm searching for a collaborative engineering team from whom I can learn and grow (are you seeing a pattern yet?) . I would like a well-structured work environment with a good on-boarding process so I can pick up the basics of the company and jump right into being a productive employee. Structure and feedback are important to me so I can be guided towards more ability and responsibility while I grow as an engineer.
Additionally, enjoying coming to work and being excited about the work and the people are just as important to me. To enjoy spending time with my coworkers, both inside and outside work is something I value, because if you don't like the people with whom you are working, work will suffer.