A lot of people say they were born with their passion. Considering Seismic software engineer Joe Truong’s mother, father, brother, and even his aunts and uncles are also engineers, it certainly appears that a true love of engineering may literally run in his blood. Joe got his first computer at age five, and built his own for the first time when he was 12. But if you think that’s cool, check out these other fun facts about one of the newer members of Seismic’s rapidly growing engineering team:
- Video games sparked his interest in computers. “When I would play games on my computer, they would lag and certain features wouldn’t be supported because of something with the computer,” Joe shared with me. “So I built my own to avoid that problem, because I could pinpoint the problem myself.” This interest in the foundational aspects of computer technology naturally led him to engineering.
[Bonus] His favorite video games are Overwatch and League of Legends.
- He’s an avid sports fan. Joe loves basketball and is a Clippers fan (to his own self-described dismay, considering the near-by powerhouse, Golden State), and also loves to run and snowboard. He’s currently training for the Silver Strand half marathon in San Diego, so look to cheer him on November 13 in you’re in the area!
- You can probably find him at a brewery. Joe balances out all that physical activity with a couple beers. “There is a great microbrewery scene here in San Diego, and I’ve probably been to all of them,” Joe said. His favorites include Ballast Point and Beaver, and recommends Ballast’s curry beer for those adventurous enough!
- He’s a San Diegan for life. “I’ve lived here for 25 years, and don’t have any intention of leaving.” Joe says it has a lot to do with being close to his family, but the beautiful weather all year long doesn’t hurt either.
- He’s loving Seismic so far. “Working as a software engineer in a big company can be challenging, because the teams are so large and it becomes too complicated to directly create and improve a product,” Joe explained. “At Seismic, we’re all truly devoted to helping to build a great product that caters specifically to customers.”
Fun fact: The feeling is mutual. Seismic is so happy to have Joe on board, and we’re looking forward to his promising contributions to our team!
This post is part of a series featuring members of Seismic’s engineering team, their stories, and what drew them to Seismic. Check out our first post here, and stay tuned for more, coming soon!