We’re excited to welcome you to the CoLab family, Robert! Tell us a little about yourself.
I've been in the Software Development, IT and Security industry for over 20 years. I am a very proud father and husband who struggles with achieving what would be considered a work-life balance. I am a constant learner building skills that are both essential for my career growth and for my own personal interests.
One of my primary interests outside of work is fine woodworking and woodturning. And an interesting fact that some may not know, I have a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology and was headed for a career in viral and bacterial genetics.
How did you first get into IT?
My journey into IT started at an early age. I received my first computer in the mid 80s, using it to create very simple games. While in high school in the early 90's I was very fortunate to have access to the internet (before the World Wide Web and we used a thing called gopher) which turned out to be a tremendous learning experience. I also developed a strong interest in robotics, wiring and soldering the circuits and writing the software to control a radio controlled car using a computer. While in university I worked part time for several university departments writing web applications (when CGI was a thing) and following graduation I completed a post-graduate IT program (teaching software development part-time for LifeLong Learning students) and my IT career took off from there.
How are you enjoying working at CoLab so far?
CoLab is an awesome company with a tremendous amount of growth potential. The people and culture are amazing. A very friendly and welcoming environment. I am thoroughly enjoying working at CoLab and look forward to all the great things that are coming.
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
A broad axe and a coil of rope. With those two things I can make everything I need.