My ten-year-old self would not have guessed that I would be working as a software engineer to build the “physical of the future.” The palm trees outside my apartment would come as a surprise, too. I grew up near Chicago, Illinois. I went to college at the University of Michigan, where I intended to study biomedical engineering. My passion for coding was discovered while completing a first year computer science requirement for engineering. Since the switch, I have had the opportunity to spend a summer at Epic Systems, where I worked on software to auto-fill medical record forms from doctors’ dictations. I was also able to work on a hybrid and edge cloud solution at Microsoft, called Azure Stack. After almost 4 years of working in enterprise software, I was looking for an opportunity to make a more tangible impact on everyday people.
In searching for my next step, it was important that I found a place that brought people of different expertise together. If it had that, I knew there would be more than enough learning and challenging problems to solve. It was also important that I believed the company was going to make a real difference and do so for the right reasons. At Q Bio, the team includes people with backgrounds in MRI, physics, biology, chemistry, genomics, bioinformatics, business, and, of course computer science, too. There is #InterdisciplinaryRespect (one of the company’s early core values). And the technical problems are challenging. Capturing, processing, securing, and querying the most relevant data about a person’s health is no easy feat. On top of that, Q Bio is working to truly change the way people understand their health, which is a great reason to come (or log in) to work each day!
It is refreshing to return to the healthcare space, especially at such a critical time. There is a lot to learn in this field, but it is exciting to see that computing is the glue that holds all of this information together. If we gather more of the right data at the right times, we can detect meaningful change in the body, enabling medicine to be tailored to the individual. I cannot think of a better way to spend my time as an engineer. It’s an exciting future ahead and I’m glad to be a part of it at Q Bio!