Alma Mater: Carnegie Mellon University
Hometown: Northborough, MA
I was originally inspired by robotics. In middle school, my friend convinced me to join the Lego robotics team. I loved it, and continued robotics in high school. I also joined the programming team. I had never programmed outside of drag-and-drop Lego programming before, so I started out by helping with the logic part, picking up programming languages as we went. I knew I wanted to be either an engineer or a computer scientist. I ended up doing both in college, though towards the end, I found myself focusing more on computer science.
The environment is great. The people I work with are very collaborative. Questions are always welcome, and if you need help with an issue, someone is always around. If I’m trying out something new or have an algorithm or design that I’m unsure about, I’ll bounce it off another team member for recommendations. It works both ways – I’m now well versed in some third-party libraries, so I’m often helping others with those technologies.
We provide technology for users who are in the same building and often on the same floor as us; in my case, some users are in line of sight. This makes the feedback process much quicker. If there is an issue, we find out about it the day a user discovers it. The development cycle is also fairly quick. To keep up with and ahead of the market, our technology needs to be constantly improving. Pushing a change to production can take as little as a few hours if it is deemed critical.
My role is unique because I work on “front-end” applications that our traders use on a daily basis. When I walk by their desks on the way to mine, I get to see my application on their screen. This also means that I get to work with the traders, and often need to put myself in their mindset; if I were trading, how would I expect this feature to work? How useful would this new feature be?
My current project has been very rewarding. In essence, it was adding a new view to an application. When it went out, I received a lot of positive feedback. Knowing that it is already relied upon by traders is a great feeling.
I bike everywhere, including to and from work every day. I was the first user of SIG’s new covered bike rack and repair area. The Schuylkill River Trail is my favorite trail to bike on – it’s a daily reminder of nature’s beauty.
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