HISTORYAfter graduating from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in pure mathematics, I spent some time traveling across America working as a chef in diverse, elite kitchens. A few highlights include Detroit’s Grey Ghost, Chicago’s A10, High Five Ramen and Blackbird, Portland’s Lang Baan and New York’s Spotted Pig, Cafe Boulud and Daniel. While working at Restaurant Daniel I suffered a serious physical injury and decided to pursue a new career. Software engineering offered the perfect blend of rigor and creativity I loved along with a whole new set of problems that excited me, and I haven’t looked back since.
SOFTWARE ENGINEERINGWith software engineering I discovered the familiar systematic approach to thinking about problems I’d formerly encountered as a mathematician could be applied creatively towards applications and scalable good. During my time as an engineer I’ve had the opportunity to work across the stack, from the frontend to the backend to devops and analytics. I’m particularly interested in understanding interrelations between systems, having worked on complex distributed systems in the past. That said, I also appreciate working on the finer details and love solving problems thoroughly when given the chance.
PhilosophyI’ve been blessed to have had several friends and mentors who have supported, motivated and inspired me. I’m especially drawn to two sayings that were made to me by two personally inspirational individuals in my life. The first, told to me by someone with decades of experience in the industry, being that good engineers ought to deliver products with “style and taste”. The other, told to me by a non-engineer nearing the end of his life claimed that his proudest achievement was to have walked through it with "dignity and grace". I’ve always believed that the most important part of my career is how it moves and touches those around me. To that end, I strive to work with style, taste, dignity and grace.