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Where Are They Now? Meet 18 Hackbright Engineering Fellows

Where can you get a job out of a 10-week engineering fellowship with Hackbright Academy? Here are 18 graduates – and where they are working now! From Prezi to Runscape, our Hackbrights are working software engineers (and a few support engineers and data scientists, too!).By Angie Chang (VP Strategic Partnerships, Hackbright Academy)

Where can you get a job out of a 10-week engineering fellowship with Hackbright Academy?

Here are 18 graduates of the Hackbright Academy engineering fellowship – and where they are now:

1 – Kelley Robinson, Runscope Software Engineer

Runscope software engineer Kelley Robinson
Kelley Robinson is a software engineer at Runscope. Kelley is interested in all things code and craft. Prior to joining Runscope, Kelley fled finance to build out the course API at Versal. She enjoys learning new things, listening to public radio, and quoting Mean Girls. Follow her on Twitter @KelleyRobinson and GitHub @robinske. She posts on WordPress. Kelley graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Spring 2013.

2 – Maggie Shine, Eventbrite Software Engineer

Eventbrite software engineer Maggie ShineMaggie Shine is a software engineer at Eventbrite. Before becoming an engineering fellow at Hackbright Academy, Maggie worked at Chevron and had taught English in Korea. Maggie was managing editor of the student-run Daily Bruin while she was studying at UCLA for her undergraduate degree in English literature. Follow her on Twitter @magksh and GitHub @magshi. She uses Tumblr. Maggie graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2014.

3 – Catherine Louie, Perforce Technical Support Engineer

Perforce technical support engineer Catherine LouieCatherine Louie is a technical support engineer at Perforce. Before Hackbright, she had worked in the aircraft industry as a system design engineer specializing in Electrical and Electronics systems. Catherine worked at UK Civil Aviation Authority (counterpart of FAA in UK) as a design surveyor, and with the software aspects of various aircraft systems at the system level. Follow her on GitHub @cathylouie. Catherine graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Spring 2014.

4 – Emily Manders, Prezi Full Stack Web Developer

Prezi Full Stack Web Developer Emily MandersEmily Manders is a full stack web developer at Prezi. Before attending Hackbright, she worked in software project management, user experience design, and user research. Emily is an expert at designing, facilitating, and drawing actionable insights from Lean UX research activities. Most recently, she led user research projects at Autodesk on the AutoCAD team. Follow her on Twitter @etothemanders and on GitHub @etothemanders. She has a website. Emily graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2014.

5 – Ashley Luhrs, We Heart It Software Engineer

We Heart It Software Engineer Ashley LuhrsAshley Luhrs is a software engineer at We Heart It. Before Hackbright, she was a product support specialist at a small software company near Washington, DC, where she worked closely with several application developers. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from James Madison University. Follow her on Twitter @luhrsaj and on GitHub @aluhrs. Ashley graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Spring 2014.

6 – Meghan Hade, Mapzen Software Engineer

Mapzen Software Engineer Meghan HadeMeghan Hade is a software engineer at Mapzen. Before Hackbright, she completed a master’s degree in urban planning with concentrations in technology and design. She wrote her thesis on analyzing social media data to understand how public spaces are used. Meghan’s background is in design and mass communications. Follow her on Twitter @MeghanHade and on GitHub @meghanhade. She has a website. Meghan graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship classclass of Summer 2014.

7 – Breanna Turcsanyi, Pillar Technology Software Developer

Breanna Turcsanyi, Pillar Technology Software Developer Breanna Turcsanyi is a software developer at Pillar Technology. Before Hackbright, Breanna was a high school math teacher at New Trier High School just north of Chicago. The favorite part of her job was programming her own grade book. So she applied to attend Hackbright Academy. These days, Breanna is living and working in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @br3annalynnn and on GitHub @br3annalynn. Breanna graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Fall 2013.

8 – Melissa Skevington, Lumosity Software Engineer

Lumosity Software Engineer Melissa SkevingtonMelissa Skevington is a software engineer at Lumosity. After earning her degree in cognitive science from the University of Rochester in New York, Melissa worked at a small company to create a report library for a local bank using Visual Basic for Applications. She learned to code on the job and left after completing a set of 15 dynamic reports VPs used on a daily basis. In February 2012, Melissa became the first female support engineer at Dropbox. After learning the product inside and out, she decided to continue learning to code in order to have a bigger impact on a product. Follow her on Twitter @mskeving and on GitHub @mskeving. Melissa graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2013.

9 – Kieu Tran, Prezi Software Engineer

Prezi Software Engineer Kieu TranKieu Tran is a software engineer at Prezi. She got her first taste of software engineering while picking up web development fundamentals at BIManywhere, a startup focused on connecting technology with construction processes. After learning HTML/CSS and Twitter Bootstrap on her own, she successfully deployed a website that gave the company a fresh new look. From that moment, she was hooked to software and technology and went on to attend Hackbright Academy. Follow her on Twitter @kieudungtran and on GitHub @kieut. Kieu graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2014.

10 – Salas Sanchez-Bennasar, Genscape Software Engineer

Genscape Software Engineer Salas Sanchez-Bennasar
Salas Sanchez-Bennasar is a software engineer at Genscape. She grew up in Menorca, a small Mediterranean island off the coast of Barcelona. She moved to London at age 21 to pursue an education, and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Philosophy at King’s College London. She wrote her PhD dissertation about the nature of mathematical entities, successfully defended in January 2014 and submitting it four days before starting Hackbright. Follow her on Twitter @salas_sb and on GitHub @SalasSanchez. Salas graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Spring 2014.

11 – Victoria de Winter, Indeed Software Engineer

Indeed Software Engineer Victoria de Winter
Victoria de Winter is a software engineer at Indeed. Victoria’s professional experience includes contracting with Google’s geodata team where she performed GIS analysis, tracked metrics, and worked with engineers and external partners to keep the aerial imagery pipeline flowing from collection to publication. Seeking an extra challenge and inspired by the engineers around her, she created Python and Bash scripts to automate tasks involving file IO and filtering data, saving her team several manhours and tedium. Because she enjoyed scripting and recognized how powerful a tool it coud be, she then decided to apply to Hackbright to begin her journey as a software engineer. She holds an undergraduate degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago. Follow her on Twitter @nostalgalactic and on GitHub @vdewinter. Victoria graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2014.

12 – Amy Lin, WePay Software Engineer

WePay Software Engineer Amy Lin
Amy Lin is a software engineer at WePay. She earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology from NYU and an graduate degree in public health from Tulane University. Prior to Hackbright, Amy spent time working in Uganda and heavily immersed in the post-disaster communities of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Follow her on Twitter @aroundthesea and on GitHub @aroundthesea. Amy graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Fall 2013.

13 – Allison Deal, Hulu Software Engineer

Hulu Software Engineer Allison DealAllison Deal is a software engineer at Hulu. Allison graduated in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis with a major degree in Systems Engineering and minor degree in Visual Communications. After graduation, she worked at Boeing Research & Technology as a Systems Engineer for 3 years in a product management role. While at Boeing, she received a Quality Invention Award and led many high-visibility projects. Follow her on Twitter @_shiftseven and on GitHub @allisonnicoledeal. Allison graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2013.

14 – Rebecca Standig, Keen IO Software Engineer

Keen IO Software Engineer Rebecca StandigRebecca Standig is a software engineer at Keen IO. She is a former linguist (B.A. in Linguistics, Barnard College, 2010) who is super excited about programming! After college, she did some graduate study in both Speech Therapy (Vanderbilt University) and Painting (Brandeis University). Her favorite part of computer science (and linguistics!) is pattern recognition and the algorithmic implementation of these patterns.
Follow her on Twitter @understandig and on GitHub @rebeccastandig. Rebecca graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Fall 2013.

15 – Liana Lo, Prezi Software Engineer

Prezi Software Engineer Liana LoLiana Lo is a software engineer at Prezi. Before Hackbright, she worked as a process engineer at Intel and dabbled in programming via Coursera. Other roles she has held include teaching assistant (university-level mathematics & chemistry), microfluidics researcher, event planner, theater technician and freelance artist. She holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter @LiLoHacks and on GitHub @lolilo. Liana graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Spring 2014.

16 – Laura Kelly, Framed Data Software Engineer

Framed Data Software Engineer Laura KellyLaura Kelly is a software engineer at Framed Data. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology, Laura worked as a neuroscience researcher at UC Davis. She conducted fMRI, EEG, and eye-tracking experiments, analyzed data in Matlab and Python, administered the lab Linux server, and co-authored a publication in Neuron. Laura discovered her passion for programming after teaching herself some Python to help with data analysis in the lab, and decided to pursue a career in web development at Hackbright. Follow her on Twitter @heylaurakelly and on GitHub @laurakelly. Laura graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2012.

17 – Katrina Hall-Hutzley, 360fly Web Developer

360fly Web Developer Katrina Hall-HutzleyKatrina Hall-Hutzley is a web developer at 360fly. As someone who has always enjoyed being challenged and learning new things, Katrina’s post-college career of doing whatever job she could find was neither sustainable nor satisfying. Through various administrative positions, Katrina learned how exciting it was to make Microsoft Excel do work for her – and even more exciting was the day that she realized that maybe computer programming was like doing Excel formulas at a much larger scale, and applied to Hackbright’s engineering fellowship. Follow her on Twitter @katrinamariehh and on GitHub @katrinamariehh. Katrina graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Spring 2014.

18 – Jessica Grist, AdRoll Frontend Software Engineer

AdRoll Frontend Software Engineer Jessica GristJessica Grist is a frontend software engineer at AdRoll. Jessica’s professional interests include linguistics, behavioral science, and accessibility. She holds an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, and graduate degree in Special Education from SF State University. As a special education teacher in Oakland, SF, and Marin, she case-managed students with significant intellectual and behavioral disabilities, and completed a master’s thesis on socialization for children with Down’s syndrome. She is passionate about education, behavioral intervention, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Follow her on Twitter @thehackstress and on GitHub @jgrist. She also has a blog. Jessica graduated from the Hackbright engineering fellowship class of Summer 2014.

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