Jonathan E. Landrum
Software Engineer in United States
I picked my field because of an insatiable urge to tinker and a never-ending feeling that no program is ever truly "perfect". I got my inspiration to become an engineer by watching Geordi La Forge and Data fix whatever came their way on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I wanted to grow up to be just like them. The highlight of my day is getting to play with gigantic data sets and making sense of the numbers. I stay awake at night thinking about how to solve crazy hard problems. I get elated when I successfully make seemingly disparate systems dance the tango together. And I have a borderline obsession with customer service.
I don't refer to myself as a ninja or a pirate; rather, I subscribe to the "guild" ideal of software development. I believe our products can be meticulously engineered while remaining breathtakingly beautiful, in the same way an artisan can transform a block of marble into an ornately carved column that inspires the observer as much as it supports the structure. I fervently apply the guild ideal's personal growth imperative, of taking steps every day to reach for a better version of self. I continuously refine my craft by learning new languages, solving programming challenges I find online, looking for algorithmic inefficiencies in old code, and reading programs written by other developers. In short, I ever aim to grow.
\\//_ Live long and prosper.