What led you to a job at Cerium Networks?
I had recently graduated from Western Washington University in Fall 2019 with a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. I was looking for something to grab onto out of the gates but was being quite picky with where I applied. My brother, Zach Feingold, an implementation engineer here at the company, suggested to apply to Cerium, and helped pass along my resume. I was allured to the job for the opportunity to not only polish my software development skills, but to also learn all about the low-level magic that is network engineering.
What is your favorite part of working in Technology?
I really love automating tasks that are tedious or repetitive to a user. I have found so much enjoyment when working with technology and things ‘just work’ and are simple for my use, and I want to deliver that same satisfaction to others.
Outside of technology, what is your dream job?
Something in forest services, trail maintenance, or other biological tech jobs. This is the work my significant other does, and she tells me so many amazing stories of animals, nature, exploration, and more, that are very inspiring. I also really enjoy physical labor, which falls in line with these positions.
What is your favorite thing about working at Cerium?
I feel very in control of the work that I do, the contribution I make, and the direction I elect to take DevOps. Being that this is a somewhat new area for Cerium, I have been given the ability to really show my potential by paving the way for DevOps. I really appreciate and enjoy the trust that has been given to me to meet this task.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I usually spend most of my spare time climbing, playing/listening music, or goofing around with my pet rabbit Donovan. He’s probably my best friend. However, I do also enjoy running, hiking, coding, birds, playing video games, and watching YouTube.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I spent the summer of 2019 working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 4th of July fell on a Thursday, giving me a 4-day weekend to celebrate. That same Thursday I woke up ~6:30 AM and somewhat spontaneously decided I wanted to see my significant other working in the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina. I packed a backpack with a few days clothes, grabbed some leftovers, and departed in my rental car for NC at 7:00 AM. The drive took nearly 12 hours, but I got to spend my 4th of July weekend hiking and swimming in the Great Smoky Mountains!
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I play/played in a Post-Hardcore Pop Punk band called Food for Wolves. I am on guitar and ‘sang’ background vocals. We have probably played around 30 shows, primarily in Seattle, are available to listen to on any major music streaming platform, and we’re going to have a tour through California that got cancelled due to the virus.
What is your favorite TV show or movie?
I do not typically watch any TV or movies, I am more of a YouTube person. Though, I really enjoyed Adventure Time and It’s Such a Beautiful Day.
Who is your idol?
I don’t really have an idol either. My mom is pretty awesome!