What is your position at FlightStats?
Software Engineer on the Web and Mobile Team
What made you interested in what you do?
I had a degree in economics, so I worked for a bank a little bit after college. We had to upgrade an internal application for the bank, and I got the chance to work on the back end of the application. That was an opportunity for me to apply what I had learned from a few programming classes in college to real world problem. From there, my career has transformed. Now, I’m a full stack developer.
How long have you been working at FlightStats?
How has FlightStats evolved since you started?
Our team has expanded quite a bit in the last year, which is a chance to bring in different expertise and flesh out the DevOps side of what we’re doing. We function well together as a unit, and we’re fortunate to have all the pieces we do.
What do you like about working at FlightStats?
Everyone on the team is laid back, and we all get along really well, which makes it easy to come to work. The people I spend all day with are awesome. Management gives you space to get your job done, and you never feel embarrassed if you have a seemingly trivial question.
What’s the best part of working in software engineer at FlightStats?
We get the opportunity to work on all levels of our stack. For the year I’ve been here, we’ve been working a lot on our web properties. If you were to join FlightStats, you would be able to work on native mobile apps too, which is not the way it is in other companies. At other organizations, you would only be working on either iOS or Android. My team has their hands in all of that, which is pretty exciting. That was a big part of the reason I came here.
What are your hopes for our company?
I hope we continue on our hot streak of hiring great people. I also hope we increase communication between our teams and other teams within FlightGlobal. I want us to share what we’re working on and gain more visibility into what other teams are working on because there is so much knowledge and skill to share.
What do you do in your free time?
I like to exercise and read. I recently picked up running again. I moved to Portland for this job, and it has been nice to live in the Pacific Northwest. It’s nice to have crisp air to run in.
Any other fun facts you want to share?
I accidentally became bilingual in 2015 when the U.S. started recognizing Hawaiian Pidgin English as another language. I’m trying to get my Japanese back to a conversational level, and I want to go to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.