welcome shelley baker

Welcome, Shelley Baker, Software Engineering Apprentice!

We are so pleased to welcome Shelley Baker, Software Engineering Apprentice, to the team. You can learn more about Shelley below.

Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?

Originally, Binghamton, New York -the birthplace of IBM and “Carousel Capital of the World!”

Then, Syracuse, New York – the birthplace of Syracuse University. Finally, Columbus, Ohio – the birthplace of the greatest people on the planet! I love it here!

Where did you go to school?

Kenyon College – B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience

Columbus State Community College – Currently pursuing my A.A.S in Software Development.

How did you get into software engineering? What areas of your field do you like to focus on?

I’ve always been passionate about applying my logical/scientific side to helping others. Originally, I tried this with my Neuroscience studies. Unfortunately, the actual work often involves torturing mice and rats. I had trouble with this ethically, and it gave me nightmares. I finally found a means to achieve my goals through software development. As yet, it hasn’t produced any nightmares.

I love the combination of coding and creativity in full-stack development.

Do you have a code of ethics or a mantra that you live by when doing development work?

Be creative. Help others. Create a neat, organized structure that I and others can easily follow.

How do our core values (collaboration, initiative, ingenuity) align with your own?


I’m collaborative by nature. I like to help others achieve their goals. I’ll share everything I have that could help the individual and the team.


I’m propelled by helping others and learning. That’s why I was drawn to Buckeye Innovation. I’ll have no trouble finding a reason to take the initiative here. I’ll have an array of fields to learn about and I’ll be helping others.

I love that many of Buckeye’s clients directly serve our community in one way or another. Even if a client is not doing so directly, their growth is vital to the economic growth of our community. When we help them, we help others.

Being able to learn from people in a variety of departments through your unique pod rotations will motivate me. I love variety in my work.


I’ve always found that having an array of knowledge, skills, experiences, and perspectives to draw on helps with creativity and ingenuity. I like to think that I’m already somewhat ingenious because of my diverse background.

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?

Everything!! The design and structure of larger projects. A new framework because frameworks are MAGIC! In general, I want to become a better programmer. Over time I’ll discover and, hopefully, get feedback on what I need to learn specifically to this end.

I’m also eager to learn about the design, UX/UI, and project management work as it all goes into building a great product.

I think I’ll definitely need help from the support pod. I have the least exposure to tech support work.

What is your favorite movie, and why?

All the Hitchcock movies. The box set counts as one movie, doesn’t it? If you have to ask why, you must have never seen a Hitchcock movie. Go watch one!

What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?

I was kicked out of school! Really!

When I was a child, I went to a camp for gifted kids at a college. A fellow camper hacked into the college’s computer system, so we were all kicked off campus.

I haven’t been kicked off campus since, but there’s still time.

We are always up for connecting with individuals to talk about working at Buckeye Innovation. If you think you’d be a good fit, please take a look at our careers page and reach out!

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