Jan 13 2017
Jeff has been lucky enough to provide solutions to problems in the healthcare, e-commerce, non-profit, and shipping industries. He cares deeply about both quality and pragmatism, but mostly people. A year-round bicycle commuter, he has braved 80 blocks one-way through Manhattan, as well as Colorado winters. He thinks New York pizza is best but will eat any kind.
Read on to learn more about our newest Mojo!
I studied Computer Science and Information Systems Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon graduating I lived for a time in each of the cultural polar opposites of the United States, Hawaii, and New York, and worked in healthcare technology and e-commerce. After that I moved to Boulder and have been consulting in several industries, enjoying the variety of projects and people.
It's hard to pick just one because different projects are interesting for different reasons. I worked on a logistics management application for a shipping company where the domain was very deep, and we needed to support many special cases. The fact that the app was being used to manage the movement of very large vehicles in the real world was pretty neat too.
I've also had the honor of working with BreastCancer.org to build a personalized article delivery engine that recommends relevant content to users based on the diagnosis and treatment information they enter. I learned how important it is to be sensitive to your user base.
I love that engineering is applicable to so many areas of work, business, and life. It's our drive to constantly improve that makes us human, and the same set of skills can allow you to improve just about anything that people do.
On the other hand, this can be taken too far. I sometimes catch myself thinking too much about how to optimize my dish washing routine.
Empathy. We're solving problems for people, so the ability to relate to people and determine their needs, wants, motivations, and frustrations is crucial. Curiosity and determination will also take you far.
What makes engineering unique for me is that it's a force multiplier. When we deliver a piece of work, we're not making life better for one person at one time. We're making life better for as many people that use our work over as many times that they use it.
I once built an integration with a poorly documented and sparsely supported REST API. Due to the lack of available information, I needed to make educated guesses about what data the endpoints expected and constantly test my assumptions.
I'm excited to help our clients accomplish their goals, and work with some bright and capable colleagues.
You can still get a lot done with a laptop but no WiFi, so I'd bring that and a printer. I guess I'd just be stuck on Label Maker Pro version 3.2.1.
Safe thermonuclear fusion.
This changes monthly, but at the moment I'm going to have to go with theoretical physicist in search of a Theory of Everything.
"It's a foolish thing to pursue." — Jerry Seinfeld