When starting a new job, there’s always that small concern that you won’t fit in. Fortunately, at MojoTech no two Mojos are alike. Everyone brings a different set of skills, interests, and expertise to the workplace. It’s what keeps us learning and makes us interesting.
Our newest Mojo is no exception. Rob Kaminsky hails from Cumberland, RI and before getting his degree in Software Engineering, he spent time in Italy cataloguing ancient artifacts. Away from the field and at the grill, Rob is the master of a secret dry rub rib recipe and will be in charge of all future Mojo cookouts.
Read on to learn more about what makes Rob tick and which technology he thinks will take over the world.
1. Where’d you get educated and/or what jobs led you to your new job at MojoTech?
I went to school at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts for a History BA with a concentration in Ancient Studies. For coding, I’ve been going to New England Institute of Technology for Software Engineering. It’s been pretty good, but the best resource was the internet and hands-on experimentation. Online tutorials and whatnot.
2. Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project you ever worked on?
It’s actually not engineering related (sorry). I spent a semester in Rome and was able to be a part of a team sorting and categorizing artifacts from Ostia Antica. It was incredible to be able to handle pieces of history like that. Not something I would soon forget.
3. What do you enjoy most about engineering?
It’s always changing, updating, and getting better. I enjoying learning as a whole, and engineering is a perfect environment to feed that area of my life. It’s fun to do problem-solving, too. Spotting a problem, and being able to resolve it is great.
4. What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful engineer?
Flexibility and a desire to learn. You always have to be open to other ways of doing or completing a task. Making sure it is done your way is not necessary. It seems that a desire to learn is a given attribute. With everything constantly changing, what choice is there? You might as well embrace it and enjoy it.
5. What do you get out of engineering that you couldn’t get from any other kind of work?
Continual growth. You can always be better than you currently are.
6. Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.
It’s not as bad as it was, but looking at someone else’s code, with their personal conventions and configurations, used to pose a challenge. That’s probably why Rails is nice because it values its conventions so highly.
7. Now that you’re at MojoTech, what are you most excited about?
With the word “everything” not being a valid answer… I’m excited about working on really great projects with really great people, as well as learning from the experienced and well versed people around me.
8. Which professionals do you turn to or what blogs do you read for inspiration?
Reddit has been a fantastic resource on occasion. Redditors are hardcore and seem to never miss a chance to show off their know-how. Stackoverflow is a valid choice too. Other than those, I love to read. So usually any book that can help me out, I’ll read it. Very little beats the smell of a new book.
9. You’ve been banished to a deserted island with—gasp—no wifi, but lots of power outlets. What one piece of technology would you bring?
I feel like the obvious answer is an iPad preloaded with books, movies, games, etc. I could waste a few weeks with something like that, BUT without a proper way to wash your hands, that screen would get gross fast. No thank you. Just give me one of those nice air mattresses with the built in pump so I can beat feet out of there.
10. What technology is going to take over the world next?
Augmented Reality. There’s going to hit a point where people won’t be able to tell the difference. Especially when you mix in some artificial intelligence.
11. If you weren’t an engineer, what occupation would you choose?
Can I just choose to be Anthony Bourdain? Travel the world, eat amazing food, etc., AND get paid for it.
12. What is your idea of happiness?
This pretty much sums it up. My happy place.
13. The red pill or the blue pill?
Take them both! Live a little. What’s the worst that cou… bhhbllleerg.