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Jun 08 2020

Welcome Summer 2020 Interns!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our five Mojo interns who will be joining our team this Summer. Coming from a variety of backgrounds and schools, we encourage you to get to know them a bit through this blog post.

Logan Fallyn Logan, Software Development Intern, BLDR Office

Where are you attending school and what is your major/focus?

I am attending the University of Colorado Boulder. I am double majoring in computer science and technology, art, and media.

What is the most interesting or challenging project on which you ever worked?

I really enjoyed making a project I called dance cube man dance, a gem collecting dance game in VR.

What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful software engineer?

Curiosity, motivation, and (some) organization.

What excites you most about spending your Summer Internship as a Mojo?

I am most excited about all of the cool things that I am going to learn and the experience I will gain while having access to tons of people who want to help me!

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?

A radio.

What are some of your other interests?

Skiing, traveling, STEM education outreach, and making funky photoshop composites.



Kim Ryan Kim, Software Development Intern, PVD Office

Where are you attending school and what is your major/focus?

I am a rising junior at Brown University, studying computer science and urban studies!

What is the most interesting or challenging project on which you ever worked?

One of the more exciting projects I have worked on was an image-based playlist generator. My friends and I are really into finding hidden music gems, so we decided to build a program that helped us find more music. Our program was able to generate a playlist of songs based on the various objects identified within a given image and other photo attributes, such as mood and color.

What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful software engineer?

Being persistent, having excellent communication skills, and staying organized.

What excites you most about spending your Summer Internship as a Mojo?

I’m very excited to meet and learn under all the other Mojos! Even though the internship is remote, everyone has been super friendly and welcoming so far and I can’t wait to get to know more people here!

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?

A convection toaster oven.

What are some of your other interests?

Talking basketball, curating Spotify playlists, and listening to/hosting podcasts.



Zhao Ivan Zhao, Software Development Intern, PVD Office

Where are you attending school and what is your major/focus?

I'm currently a student at Brown and I'm studying Applied Math and Computer Science with pathways in design and AI/ML

What is the most interesting or challenging project on which you ever worked?

The most interesting project I ever worked on was our past project for computer vision in which we attempted to create end-to-end software for optical music recognition on sheet music. The project was difficult because it required a wide variety of algorithms (circle detection, staff detection, feature extraction) and also because it required a lot of fundamental understanding of what a computer would perceive as notes versus how humans perceived notes.

What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful software engineer?

Passion, dedication and adaptability. Software engineering is a job in which you're constantly faced with difficult, unique, and weird problems. Being able to adapt to new problems, find out exactly why something's happening, and then pursuing it to the end is super important.

What excites you most about spending your Summer Internship as a Mojo?

Excited to learn best practices from people who are just as excited about coding as I am!

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 standmixer. Going to make some great mud pies!

What are some of your other interests?

Big fan of rock climbing, musicals/music, cooking and baking, and travelling.



![Wenberg](/img/uploads/wenberg.jpg) *Jansen Wenberg, Software Development Intern, BLDR Office*

Where are you attending school and what is your major/focus?

I am a senior at University of Colorado Boulder majoring in computer science engineering. I don’t have any particular focus, and I have taken classes with topics ranging from the Design and Analysis of Operating Systems to Machine Learning.

What is the most interesting or challenging project on which you ever worked?

I worked on an open-source project developing a server emulator for a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) for about 2 years. The goal of this project was to build a fully functional backend that we could point the game client to which would simulate the behavior of the official game servers. By achieving this, we could host our own server and make whatever changes or improvements we wanted.

Unlike a traditional software engineering project, this project had a multitude of challenges and constraints that our small international team had to work within. For example, the game client is extremely well protected from reverse engineering, with all the DLL files containing the game’s logic being heavily obfuscated. Thanks to our diverse and talented team, we were able to overcome these challenges and reverse engineer the inner workings of the client. As a result, we have managed to develop our own emulator capable of interacting with the game client, and most of the systems working indistinguishably from (and sometimes better than) the official server.

This project gave me tons of experience working with C#, Entity Framework, reverse engineering, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and massively refined my coding skills and conventions thanks to feedback from the more experienced developers on the team.

What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful software engineer?

I think being persistent and open-minded are the most important characteristics for a software engineer to be successful. When developing software, you are bound to have many obstacles and problems that often lead to extreme frustration, and I think the key to overcoming those problems is not giving up, but also knowing when it’s time to try a different approach.

What excites you most about spending your Summer Internship as a Mojo?

I’m most excited about making some new developer friends, and learning as much as I can over the course of the next two months.

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?

I’d probably bring the computer they plugged Neo into in The Matrix where he could instantly learn any skill he needed. The island is no longer a constraint once you’ve freed your mind :)

What are some of your other interests?

I play drums (jazz, classic rock, and pretty much any genre), and while my drum kit is still back at my home in Connecticut, I hope to eventually buy a kit out in Boulder and find a band to play with. I love skiing, and I was a ski instructor in Vermont for 3 years in high school. I play (and occasionally develop) video games. When I’m not doing one of the things above, I’m usually working on a fun coding project



![Paige](/img/uploads/paige.png) *Paige Courtemanche, Software Development Intern, PVD Office*

Where are you attending school and what is your major/focus?

I attend the University of Rhode Island and I’m a Computer Science major.

What is the most interesting or challenging project on which you ever worked?

At my last internship, I worked on a program that used a NLP to analyze audio recordings and return common trends from said recordings. It was really cool to see how NLPs worked, and I got to design and help create the UI for our program, which I loved.

What personal characteristics do you feel are necessary to be a successful software engineer?

A constant willingness to learn is essential, since things are always changing and developing. Also, communication is key so you can be an efficient member of the team and the team can help you in turn when needed.

What excites you most about spending your Summer Internship as a Mojo?

I’m very excited to learn and meet new people in the field! Everything I’ve seen so far is new to me, so I’m just excited to absorb as much as I can.

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 Nintendo Switch

What are some of your other interests?

Traveling, archery, kayaking, and writing

Kate Moore

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