Having lived most of her life in Minnesota and Texas, Vivian is excited about experiencing the four seasons in Boulder. She brings with her to MojoTech a pair of degrees from Trinity University; a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Computer Science. In addition to building great software, Vivian enjoys cooking, gaming (board and video), skiing and volunteering.
1. What experiences and/or education led you to your new job at MojoTech?
I worked with MojoTech on a project with my previous employer starting when I was still living in Dallas, then when I moved to Boulder with my boyfriend who is getting a PhD in History at CU, I got to work on the project in person at the Boulder MojoTech office. Then as a happy coincidence, MojoTech was looking for a new developer at the same time I was looking for a new job. :)
2. Before your life at MojoTech, what was the most interesting project on which you ever worked?
My senior capstone in college was a web application for social engineering audits. A user could use templated social engineering emails or create custom ones with a payload attached that would map the location where the user was that opened the payload and take a screenshot of their desktop with a timestamp. My role was to create the payloads in Microsoft Word and Excel macros with VBA.
3. What do you enjoy most about engineering? And, what do you enjoy least?
I love the feeling of writing code and instantly seeing a change reflected in the product, it still feels like magic. I hate being stuck on an error that seems to have no clear cause. Also IE bugs.
4. What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful engineer?
Focus and perseverance
5. What do you get out of engineering that you couldn’t get from any other type of work?
Gratification of creating or fixing things without physical exertion
6. Describe a time when you confronted a problem that really tested your engineering know-how.
Early on in my front end career I had to style several pages that had almost no ids or classes and was not allowed to edit the HTML, managed to make it look pretty much like the pages that did have ids and classes.
7. Now that you’re at MojoTech, what excites you most?
Being back in an office is nice after almost a year of working from home, also excited to learn a lot about software engineering and different technologies
8. 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?
My head says Kindle, my heart says 3DS
9. If you weren’t an engineer, what occupation would you choose?
I’ve thought about teaching programming on a volunteer basis somehow, maybe that professionally?
10. What is your idea of happiness?
I’m just about feeling fulfilled, having long and short term goals, people in my life who love me and who I love, having new experiences, giving back to the community. I’m in a good place in my life right now, working at a job with good people where I learn a lot (MojoTech) was the last piece I needed for this stage of my life.
11. The red pill or the blue pill?
MRAs on reddit have ruined the red pill for me, so I guess I’m a blue pill normie