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Software Design Engineer

"My biggest challenge was getting up to speed with the technologies to the point where I felt comfortable bringing up my ideas and opinions at team meetings and with my Program Manager, and realizing that my opinion mattered and that people wanted to hear it."

What have been the most defining moments along your career path?

The greatest opportunity for me was being able to learn best practices of software engineering from some of the smartest developers in the world.

How did you get your big breaks?

Internship with Microsoft. My sophomore year roommate interned at Microsoft and told me many stories about what an exciting experience it was for him and how he had been part of a team working on great software. Typical Day: I would wake up in intern housing and stroll across campus. Get in to work, meet with my mentor and give her a status update. Work on my features until lunch time. After lunch, spend some time reading any queued up materials. When the food coma wears off, I work some more on my features. There are usually intern events in the evening.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Motto: "To improve our collective ability to solve the world's problems, we must harness the immense promise and power of technology." - Douglas Engelbart

What have you learned from your experience?

The biggest surprise for me was that the higher levels of management still think about software development in a rational way. We're not all about selling software no matter the cost, and as a company we really are passionate about creating great software.

What most excites you about your job right now?

My biggest challenge was getting up to speed with the technologies to the point where I felt comfortable bringing up my ideas and opinions at team meetings and with my Program Manager, and realizing that my opinion mattered and that people wanted to hear it.

What would you like to have achieved by the last day of your career?

I intend to stay with my current team and continue to advance state of the art software technology. Being on the bleeding edge and knowing we are changing the way computers touch peoples' lives is what gets me up most mornings.

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