Howdy from Portland! I recently joined DataCite as an Application Developer, and it has been great to get involved with the team and community over the past month.
Before joining DataCite, I was a software development engineer at Cambia Health Solutions. I worked on a large-scale care gap management engine that assists health professionals in identifying gaps in member care, allowing them to provide better coverage. Prior to working at Cambia, I was also involved in research at Texas A&M University. There, I worked on a project that leveraged motion and Bluetooth data from a smartwatch to perform online change detection to detect when the wearer changes activities in order to aid in data collection for activity classifiers.
I was drawn to DataCite because it is different from anywhere I have worked before. Since I’m coming from a large company, I am thrilled to be a part of such a close knit team where I will be able to quickly make more of an impact. I am also excited to get to work within the academic community again and be involved in the conversations surrounding DataCite.
I tend to gravitate towards projects that let me work on all aspects of development, which is another reason I am excited to work at DataCite. Most recently at my previous job, I was working in a React frontend and a Java backend. I like to stick with React for any personal projects, but I generally use Python for the server-side of things. DataCite also uses a few other technologies that I’ve been wanting to learn for a while, specifically Ruby and GraphQL, so I am looking forward to being able to continue to develop my skills in both the client facing and backend sides of the project while also picking up more along the way. At DataCite, I will join several of my development team colleagues in their efforts in a European Open Science Cloud project that recently started.
Outside of DataCite and software development, I spend much of my time playing music and rock climbing. I’m excited to be a part of the team, and look forward to getting involved in the academic sector again through DataCite!