What is your position at FlightStats?
Senior Software Engineer
What made you interested in what you do?
I found software engineering almost as intellectually interesting as the philosophy degree I started, and it also allowed me to tinker and work closely with people. Philosophy plus legos.
How long have you been working at FlightStats?
How has FlightStats evolved since you started?
I think along the way we’ve become more professional, in every department. In particular, our software engineering team has become much more skilled. I also think we’ve also become a more fun and gratifying place to work.
What do you like about working at FlightStats?
I like the size of the company and the fact that working here gives me the chance to contribute in so many different areas. A medium-sized company like this still has an entrepreneurial atmosphere, yet is stable, mature and has a home-grown, family feel.
What’s the best part of being a developer/engineer at FlightStats?
The thing that I like about it is that we’re taking engineering skills and we’re applying them to a problem that is not software. We collect all this raw data and use our engineering skills to solve real-world issues. I love seeing the impact of our products in so many unique markets.
What are your hopes for our industry?
I would like to be able to deliver actionable information to our customers when they need it most. Each of our markets has subtleties and nuances that make this challenging. The information they need is different and they need it at different times. FlightStats is known for having great raw data, but I think we have much more to offer.
What do you do in your free time?
Play with my two-year-old son, skateboard and snowboard.
Any other fun facts you want to share?
I almost entirely communicate through humor. Irony and satire are the best forms of communication for me.