What led you to computer science?
“In college, I studied mathematics and on graduating I naturally gravitated to computer science. Computer science, like math, has interesting problems that can be solved in a multitude of ways and finding the right way or better way to solve a problem can be an interesting challenge.”
“Another aspect of computer science that I enjoy is the sense of creating something useful that others can use. In mathematics, usefulness is not a primary concern and it’s quite possible that you end up having solved a rather hard, esoteric problem that just ends up collecting dust somewhere.”
Why did you join CIBO and what do you enjoy about the role?
“I joined CIBO because I found the work interesting. Being able to combine large data sets with a good, practical and intuitive UI is quite tricky. You need to be able to understand the statistics and then somehow make all that information not overwhelm the user and make it accessible. The question is can we accurately convey how the land is being used, why it was a success or failed to meet expectations. Will a farmer be able to see how his/her land compares to others and how s/he might improve it? There are a lot of questions to answer and our hope is that we can provide useful insights into agriculture.”
“I work on the Marketplace (MP) back-end, which provides the front-end with the information that the data scientists have managed to collect and compute. At the moment, my main focus has been on providing functional tests and enhancing the self-documenting nature of the application.”
About Eva Cordes
Eva Cordes is a Software Engineer at CIBO, a science-driven software startup. Prior to CIBO, she worked for RedBrick Health, Gyassa Software, and Oracle. She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.