We are so pleased to welcome Anjelo Pina, Software Engineer, to the team. You can learn more about Anjelo below.
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
Toledo, Ohio. The Glass City!
Where did you go to school?
Columbus State Community College.
How did you get into software engineering? What areas of your field do you like to focus on?
My interest in software and web development began my junior year in high school where I took my first HTML class in 2006. I took that class as an elective because I had so much fun using HTML to customize my MySpace page! However, software engineering is actually a second career for me. Previously, I worked as a physical therapist assistant where I primarily treated neurological and trauma patients. When I began planning a career change I knew I wanted to find a path in technology that, like physical therapy, would afford me opportunities to be creative, solve complex problems, and have an impact on the community.
Do you have a code of ethics or a mantra that you live by when doing development work?
Not yet! Check back in a few months. 🙂
How do our core values (collaboration, initiative, ingenuity) align with your own?
BI’s core values parallel my own in many ways. I like to believe that I’ve led successful healthcare and military careers because of my initiative to build relationships and connect with others on a personal level. Growing from strangers to something friendlier nurtures a sense of community while creating natural openings to collaborate with others to achieve personal and shared goals. Seeing those around me succeed and doing well inspires me to self-reflect and find ways to grow, personally. Proactively seeking better solutions to the barriers wedged between my team and our goals is a part of who I am.
What do you want to learn in the next 12 months as a software engineer? What do you want to learn about the web development industry?
As of now, I’m very open to the entire Buckeye Innovation experience. As a Software Engineer apprentice, there are definitely many knowledge gaps about the software and web development life cycle. With the help of the BI team, I’m eager to fill as many of those gaps as possible. BI’s plan to rotate me through the various pods has me very excited to see where my interests take me!
If you could meet anyone in history, who would you want to meet and why?
I’d like to meet Bob Ross because he seems like a really cool dude.
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
Okay, I’m laughing (and maybe even slightly embarrassed) at admitting that I often attend real estate open houses with absolutely ZERO intention of placing an offer to buy. However, before you judge me, I should probably disclose that my other half and I have been actively rehabilitating our home that is 105+ years old for several years now. We both enjoy a good DIY and have been working hard to breathe new life into our home by introducing some modern updates while still trying to retain some of its original character. Scoping out recently rehabbed historical homes has really helped give us some inspiration. Additionally, I have an honorable code of declining any refreshments or snacks offered at these open houses.