What led you to become a software engineer?
“In college, I studied computer science and biology. Initially, I wanted to go to medical school but found that I enjoyed programming and software. I was passionate about software and the ability to build a tool that people could use.”
What is your favorite thing about being a software engineer?
“Seeing people interact and use the tools that you create and work well. It’s especially rewarding when they can use it to do something they haven’t done before. I love making utility tools to make access better. I like the side of software that makes people’s lives easier by accessing data more quickly and easily.”
What is one thing that would surprise people about software engineering?
“I was surprised at how your communication skills need to be high. I thought software engineering was a bunch of nerds who can’t communicate, but you need to talk to colleagues and work in teams.”
“Additionally, how accessible computer science is. If you want to learn or create a new feature, you can Google and figure out how to do something. So many projects are the culmination of different tutorials and guides that end up creating a real app.”
What kinds of things do you think we should be doing to encourage more people to pursue a career in software engineering?
“It’s a male populated field. Having a more even gender balance would help, especially because software is so much teamwork. Having diversity in people’s background always helps. I was surprised to see how many people who write code don’t have a straight computer science degree. Some project members have math backgrounds and learned computer science on the side.”
What brought you to CIBO?
“A friend from college referred me to CIBO because he knew the company combined my two interests of biology and computer science.”
What are your primary responsibilities at CIBO?
“I have moved from team to team doing both the front end and back end. I’m a full-stack engineer, so I go to whatever team most critically needs help. This path could mean either an internal or external project depending on what will most impact the company. I’ll also jump to places where I think I can learn the most.”
What do you find the most rewarding about your work here?
“I enjoy the diversity of things that I learn and am exposed to working at a small company. I’ve worked on the backend with tens of machines to process large amounts of data. I’ve worked on the front end for the user interface and the impact on the user experience. There are so many learning opportunities here.”
“It has been fun learning how to organize data at a company with a great tech stack. Some places have either good engineering or a good tech stack. You feel the difference when you work on a project. I’ve also been able to apply everything I’ve learned more than once.”
About Drew Wetherington
Drew Wetherington is an Engagement Engineer at CIBO Technologies, a science-driven software startup. He holds a BA and BS in Computer Science and Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.