Tom has worked for SoftSource since 2021.
Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Science with Psychology Minor, University of Massachusetts
Seven Questions with Tom
When did you first start programming and with what language/computer and what did you like the most about this programming experience?
I first started programming in BASIC on a PC next to my dad who was working on hardware chips that would form the basis of modern Intel processors! But I was much more interested in the software that his chips enabled. I wrote simple games and programs that helped me automate tasks and/or store frequently used information. I loved the accomplishment of having something out there that was useful to myself and others. I still love learning new programming languages/techniques and discovering new ways to solve problems.
Describe a project you’ve been involved with which you consider to be your greatest success so far. What made it so successful?
At my previous company, I worked on a project to dramatically improve the performance of their digital systems. It resulted in several patents and helped make the customer experience truly better.
If computers and related technology didn’t exist, what do you think your career would be?
Something in music. I’ve found that many people in technology fields have musical talents!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?
You can’t rush solid code. Experience does help speed it up a bit!
When it’s time to turn off the computer, what do you do instead?
Bike, hike, walk, get outside!
Anything else you think we would like to know about you?
I love travel, great wines, great conversations!
Do you prefer bacon, sausage or neither?
Bacon 98% of the time!