GirlGeek of the Week
I am a software engineer at Macromedia, a
multimedia and Web software company in San Francisco. I grew up in
a small town in Vermont and then went to a boarding school in Concord,
MA. I liked math, but I couldn't imagine a career in it. I thought
computers were for geeks. I didn't always want to be a programmer,
but I did enjoy puzzles, brain teasers and building things.
After high school I went to college at Brown
University in Providence, RI. During my freshman year I wanted to
be a teacher or study languages-anything but science. Then, I took
an aptitude test that encouraged me to study something that would
use my problem solving skills-such as computer science. Friends
of mine in computer science really thought I'd enjoy it. They were
right. After my first class, I was hooked! I decided to get a B.S.
in computer science and after some hard work, I did it.
The summer before I graduated, I was an intern
at Macromedia. I worked with the documentation team, writing example
code for product developers. After graduation (and after four months
skiing in Colorado) I returned to Macromedia as a full time software
engineer. I've been there ever since!
When did you first
discover your love and/or obsession with computer and technology?
I took my first computer programming class when
I was a sophomore in college. Before that I didn't particularly
like or dislike computers or technology--the thought just never
crossed my mind. I mostly love the challenge of solving problems
using computers and making life easier with the software I write.
How do you earn a
I am a software engineer at Macromedia. The product
I work on is called Dreamweaver. It's a visual Web authoring tool
for professional designers. I'm one of the 13 original engineers
on the Dreamweaver team-a team that has since grown to 18 engineers.
I spend part of my day writing code and building the user interface
for my code. I also meet with other programmers and QA engineers
(people who test the software) working on improved designs for the
user interface and the software architecture.
Do you consider
yourself a Geek?
Sure do! And if geeks get to have this much fun
at work, I have no problem with that.
What is your favorite
and The Onion
What do you do when
you are not working?
I play soccer in a women's league and in a co-ed
league in San Francisco. I also like to sea kayak with my boyfriend
in the summer and ski or snowboard in the winter. My favorite activities
also include reading, hiking, camping, sailing, and cooking.