We welcome back Mariana as a full-time Mojo following her Summer internship in our Providence office in 2019. Now in the Boulder office, she is excited to work with people who are passionate, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. Read-on to get to know her a bit more and check out the link to her music on Soundcloud.
What experiences and/or education led you to your new job at MojoTech?
From the beginning of my internship in 2019 in Providence I felt that the people, the projects, and the conversations at MojoTech put me on track to become a better software engineer. I heard and learned about things that I had never been exposed to while studying. I decided this was the place to start my career as a software engineer after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project on which you ever worked?
I really enjoyed working on Phad, a programming language used to make music.
What do you enjoy most about Software Engineering? And, what do you enjoy least?
I love the feeling of finally solving that one thing after going through a lot of effort. I don’t like being in front of a screen for long periods of time...
What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful software engineer?
Patience, organization, and balance.
What do you get out of Software Engineering that you couldn’t get from any other type of work?
There are no limits. As long as you come up with an idea that you like and you have a computer with an internet connection, you can create anything.
Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.
My first exposure to programming was during a robotics course my first year of university. We used an Arduino, a lot of sensors, and some metal to create an automated robot. I knew nothing about programming or engineering in general. The week of our final presentation I bumped into someone with the robot in my hands and it broke. I still had hope, so I tried plugging it into my laptop to see if we could still upload the new code to the Arduino and the computer screen went black… we lost all of the code and my laptop died completely. The code wasn’t very complicated if I look at it now, but it was the first few lines I had ever written, which made it the hardest thing ever at the time. I spent all week rewriting the code and I realized how much I had learned about becoming an engineer in such a short amount of time. After this, I switched my major from Mechanical Engineering to Computer Science and I bought a new laptop.
Now that you’re at MojoTech, what excites you most?
Working with people who are passionate, knowledgeable, and always willing to help.
You’ve been banished to a deserted island with—gasp—no Internet, but lots of power outlets. What one piece of technology would you bring?
If you weren’t a Software Engineer, what occupation would you choose?
What is your idea of happiness?
Being at peace with the present.
What are some of your other interests, outside of software engineering?
Traveling, languages, rock climbing, and making strange electronic music.