MojoTech has an exciting new addition to the Boulder engineering team! Once upon a time, our newest Mojo, Cathy, worked at Harley-Davidson, helping to solve engineering issues on the assembly line. Then she began solving problems by writing software and has never looked back.
When she’s not designing software at MojoTech she enjoys traveling and meeting people all around the world. In addition to globetrotting, she also enjoys gardening, spinning her own yarn, and the age-old art of tapestry weaving.
It’s not every day you meet someone with their own loom, so we asked Cathy to tell us a little bit more about herself.
1. Where’d you get educated and/or what jobs led you to your new job at MojoTech?
After finishing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, my first job was to write software to reduce raw material waste manufacture of custom flutes and french horns.
2. Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project you ever worked on?
Writing software to help fellow knitters design sweaters and get custom measurements.
3. What do you enjoy most/least about engineering?
The challenge and the joy of building something from the ground up.
4. What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful engineer?
Persistence and more persistence with a sprinkling of consistency thrown in for luck.
5. What do you get out of engineering that you couldn’t get from any other kind of work?
Helping people solve real world problems, is hands-down the best feeling ever.
6. Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.
Making graphical patterning software for knitwear designers.
7. Now that you’re at MojoTech, what are you most excited about?
Working with an ace team.
8. Which professionals do you turn to or what blogs do you read for inspiration?
Sandy Metz is my guru. I get my news from BBC & the Chicago Tribune. Otherwise, I hop from one blog to another based on the subject I’m interested in at the moment.
9. You’ve been banished to a deserted island with—gasp—no wi-fi, but lots of power outlets. What one piece of technology would you bring?
An electric tea kettle… I wouldn’t last too long without the best part of waking up.
10. What technology is going to take over the world next?
11. If you weren’t an engineer, what occupation would you choose?
12. What is your idea of happiness?
Being contented with how one spends his/her life, or maybe it’s the journey that counts.
13. The red pill or the blue pill?