DataGrail’s Employee Spotlight series highlights the person behind the professional, digging deep and discovering what drives our team members.
This week’s spotlight features Howon Lee, our newest Software Engineer. Howon previously worked at STRIVR Inc as a software engineer, as well as at various startups on engineering teams.
What excites you about joining DataGrail’s team?
Lots of other places talk a good game about creating a great software culture but don’t back it up with actual policies and practices and attitudes that make up great work. DataGrail is otherwise.
What inspires you to get up in the morning?
I wanted to touch computers for a living somehow when I was a kid. This has happened. Computers remain extremely interesting, but in recent years the challenges of entrusting every aspect of our lives to them has sallied forth, and I’m inspired to deal with these new challenges.
What’s your role at DataGrail, and how do you see yourself growing over the next two years?
Programming is special in that it can be used to create apparatuses and tools, sometimes at the same time. I plan to play a role in the apparatuses we are creating for privacy challenges, the apparatus that supports that apparatus, and I also hope to create more specific tools to help in the building and for other purposes. I see myself growing by helping the team to make smart and informed technical decisions and to choose the best tools for the task at hand.
Of the problems DataGrail’s software solves, which are you most excited to help work on?
DataGrail has many more integrations to other products of all sorts than the average piece of ‘ware, and will always have an outsized number and scope of integration. For me, providing solutions for the customer through our product is interesting and fruitful in and of itself.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn condensed matter physics one day. This is basically the field that computation itself stemmed from and a lot of the fundamental mathematics is transferable thorughout academic topics. I would also like to learn how to cook Sichuan food.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I do recreational math, pick locks, cook American and Korean food, and I’ve been to dozens of countries and plan to go to dozens more.