“Are you classified as human? ”

“Negative, I am a meat popsicle.”

–The Fifth Element (1997)

I am a human with an interest in technology and other humans.  My occupation is Software Engineer.  My education is in Human Centered Design and Engineering.  Before I was a software engineer I did a mix of technical support and small software projects for about 10 years.  Most of that in an academic department at the University of Washington in Seattle.  People don’t use technology the way most software developers or engineers think they do; and the emotions people experience when they use technology can range from frustration to wonder, guilt, fear or any combination of these.  

My goal is to create things that minimize negative feelings.

How I get money:  I am a software engineer for the Identity and Access Management (IAM) group at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  I do web development with backend work in Python, API testing (also Python), API documentation, and technical writing.  Sometimes I do user testing.  In former occupations I have developed custom administrative applications in C# and supported Windows desktop and server infrastructure.  This is not an exhaustive skill list.