In January 2016, I began mentoring at CoderDojo Denver, a local chapter of the international STEM program originating in Ireland. It's pretty powerful to see young kids learning about programming, computer skills, robotics, IoT and other topics. I'm extremely proud to
My own kids have been enjoying CoderDojo's curriculum. Read more here.
Here's one recent graduate's take:
Ian is the type of engineer that cares about the business as much as the technology. He was always great at seeing both sides of the coin to ensure the business needs and technology needs were being met instead of just focusing on technology. Ian is one of those engineers that you can count on to ask the tough questions about implementation. He thinks about scenarios and cases that aren't the easiest to solve. He is great with happy path scenarios too. Ian will challenge you, but in a way that helps the team and the code just be better. Ian works hard and can lead a team. His experience shines through in all that he does and I find him to be a critical asset to any team who is building product.
Staff Software Engineer
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
I'm proud to say I've had the honor of working with Ian. Not only do I admire his software development knowledge and insight, but also his down-to-earth personality and ability to work as a team player. He has been an absolute critical asset to the team and has handled many high-volume crisis situations with unmatched focus and dedication. Ian, you're awesome!
Technical Project Manager
Ian has been a mentor of mine throughout my career and I owe a large part of where I am today because of his ability to share and impart knowledge while offering sound guidance. He is always someone I can approach and count on when facing technical challenges, or even to share ideas with and gather feedback. And, all because of how great people he is, his solid character, and the depth and variety of his technical knowledge and years of experience. I would recommend him to any progressive team out there with a mission to make a significant positive impact in this world.
Sr Software Eng, Applied Machine Learning
Ian is an Perl programming guru. While we worked together at The Rubicon Project, I took all my toughest Perl questions to Ian. Ian has a do-what-it-takes attitude as he makes sure that the software that the business relies on continues to function optimally. His easy-going and helpful personality make him a pleasure to work with.
Content Marketing Executive
During my time at PriceGrabber, Ian was incredibly helpful in creating the tools my team depended upon to review millions of products for our live site. Development resources are always scarce, but Ian seemed to find a way to juggle his numerous responsibilities without letting anything fall -- whether it meant re-writing complex search algorithms or building internal tools for my department of thirty-five agents. I highly recommend Ian for any mission-critical development role.
The Rubicon Project
I have worked with Ian for a couple of years now. Frankly, I do not think he even needs people to write recommendations for him, his resume speaks for itself. I would like to indicate that he is a well rounded professional with extensive knowledge of not just the software and application environments he is working on but also the underlying OS and hardware. His code is known to taking scaling and performance into consideration right from the get go. In the future, if I start my own company, I will hire Ian to run the technology side of the business - he may not be available though. This guy is dedicated and loyal to his employer.
Senior Director, DevOps and IT
Ian is one of the most hardworking individuals iIknow of. He is very meticulous in his work and very diligent about making sure the work gets done and according to the specifications. He has on numerous ocassions stepped up to the plate and made himself available to get the job done. These includes nights and weekends. There is only so much praise one can shower on an individual but in Ian's case, he is deserving of each and every one of them. He is very knowledgeable in his work and very willing to share that knowledge with others. I have worked with Ian for over the last 18 months and have come to respect him not only a co worker but as a good friend.
Director of Big Data
I've worked with Ian in many capacities over the years. He has always delivered high-quality results and maintained a high degree of professionalism. He is an excellent problem-solver and is always proactive in dealing with clients and customers, going above and beyond what is expected. I highly recommend Ian for any position for which he feels he is suited, he would be a valuable asset anywhere.
Copyright © 1996 - 2017, Ian Douglas; all rights reserved.
All content authored by Ian Douglas unless explicitly stated otherwise.