Employee Feature - February
Michael Baum | Junior Developer, Centerbase
Growing up, Michael had two competing ideas about what he wanted to be - either a Pokemon Trainer or an Electrical Engineer.
While the idea of becoming a Pokemon Trainer was the most appealing, he quickly realized that that career path wasn’t a viable option. While he was inspired by his Dad’s work as an electrical engineer, he wasn’t quite as passionate about it.
So, he settled on a compromise between the two roles - deciding on a career in computer science.
"Being interested in both engineering and Pokemon led me to do coding and computer science. So when I figured out that was a career I was like 'Awesome, I can do this!'"
Michael attended Texas State University, where he double majored in computer science and mathematics. There, he participated in research at the Green Computing Lab, a lab dedicated to making software and hardware more energy efficient. Michael got to put his problem-solving skills to use in a project working to improve rendering processes in Virtual Reality programs.
Today, Michael continues using his problem-solving skills as one of the junior developers on Centerbase’s development team. Even though he joined the team six months ago, he’s already had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and new features.
One of his favorite projects so far is working on improving importing methods within Centerbase. Michael's been able to work with the development team to “slim down” the overall importing process to make it smoother, simpler, and more efficient.
”[The import capabilities] were one of the things I was really impressed with when I first started working on the product.” he explained.
Between working on new features and addressing the day-to-day maintenance of Centerbase, Michael’s favorite part of his role as a developer is getting to work with the rest of this team.
"I really enjoy working with Andrew and John and the rest of the development team. They're all really encouraging; it allows me to grow as a developer.”
As Centerbase continues to grow its team, he looks forward to having a larger development team in order to tackle bigger, more ambitious projects. Moving forward, Michael’s most excited to take on new projects with more team members and be able to participate in peer programming, code review, and other team-oriented processes.