Hello! Thomas Dye here.
I’m passionate about using my skills to dig through multifaceted problems and coming up with (and sometimes shipping) solutions which not only make problems go away, but make people say “neat!”
I finished my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Washington in March 2017. While at UW, I developed strong interests in databases, cybersecurity, and finding ways to make code efficient and clean.
When I’m not busy with coding or the rack-mounted servers living in my garage, I love to teach. This past year, I was an instructor for the Pacific Science Center’s Java Coding and Video Games summer camp. This experience was a great way to tie together my computer science knowledge with my previous career as a flight instructor. For nearly a decade prior to starting my degree, I was (and still am) a Certified Flight Instructor for single and multi-engine, instrument-rated airplane flying. The high success rate of my students earned me the coveted FAA Gold Seal certificate.
So, why did I change gears and go into computer science?
Simple answer: my ambitions for what could be done with technology surpassed what was readily available to me.
When I worked on tech projects for myself or as the IT guy, I would consistently run into situations where the commercially-available software or hardware wouldn’t bend to my desires. I had enough of that. I wanted the skills and tools to get over those hurdles and create things that would solve problems, be user-friendly, and all-around be useful to others.
Looking forward to hearing from you,