What makes working as a Data Engineer so unique?
Asimov once said, "science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world." Research, innovation, and technology have exploded around data in the past years. As Data Engineers, we can bring all the exciting new breakthroughs, discoveries and technologies from the Data Science and engineering domains into production through real world products and applications. I love that my job allows me to combine theory and hands-on execution.
How would your colleagues describe you?
Probably as somebody calm and easy-going and who insists on having everything in source control.
Who inspires you?
I do not have an idol or personal hero, but I am inspired by certain traits and the people who possess them. Lately, I have been inspired by Elon Musk for his multi-disciplinary engineering skills, Steve Jobs for striving to make great products, Da Vinci for his curiosity and attention to detail, and Stephen Hawking for his intelligence and humor.
What is your go-to productivity trick?
It's more of a combination of tricks than just one: a good night's sleep, a well-defined plan for the day, staying away from distractions, focusing on one thing at a time, and putting myself in a comfortable working environment (chair, screen, laptop, you name it). I'm a morning person, so I try to get as much done as possible as early in the day as possible, concentrating on highest priority tasks first and pushing non-decisive meetings to the afternoon.