Meet Gaëtan

Silexica’s team is made up of so many awesome personalities and intelligent minds. This time,meet our software engineer Gaëtan, who started as Compiler Development Intern in our company and learn what he loves about hiking!

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WHERE AND WHAT?

I live in Brauweiler, a smallish town west of Cologne, and I work in Silexica’s headquarters in Cologne. I work as a software engineer on topics mostly connected to compiler theory and static analysis. My day at Silexica starts with a daily standup meeting with my colleagues, where each of us explains what they will do during the day. The rest of the day is usually filled with programming, code reviews, and design discussions. The last part is probably what I enjoy the most about my job because it involves some research and makes working at Silexica so much more than writing high quality code.

BEST THING ABOUT SILEXICA?

That’s a hard one, but I would say the greatest thing is the people. Silexica thrives in diversity, and this gives the office a really unique atmosphere. In addition to diversity, the office is also packed with knowledgeable people, and all of them are easily approachable and easy to laugh with.

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BEST DEVELOPMENTS ABOUT SILEXICA?

The immediate event that comes to my mind is that engineering teams have been remodelled. But that is a minor detail compared to the evolution of the company itself. Silexica is a startup with rock-solid feet, soon-to-be diamond-solid feet. I am glad to be part of the adventure. Also, I finished my internship in the company last August and became a full-time employee. That counts as a major event, right

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

It vastly depends on my mood and the weather (obviously, because staying at home binge watching is pretty nice too). But one of my favorite hobbies is to go hiking, and this is usually how I like to spend my holidays. I’m also a fan a skiing, which I always practice at least once a year.

Other than that, I like to play around with a Raspberry Pi, work on personal coding projects, or play some video games. In the end, I guess you could define me as a nature-loving geek. (I would totally picture myself hiking on top of a mountain in the morning, working remote from there, and then hiking back home in the evening).

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WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU HADN’T BECOME AN ENGINEER?

I would probably be pursuing a PhD degree in computer science. Or I would work in a totally different branch, for example aerospace engineering because I am fascinated by space

ADVICE TO FUTURE SILEXICANS?

Ask a lot of questions, that is the advice I would have given to my future self, and that I would still give to my current self. Again, Silexica is gifted with knowledgeable people in essentially every domain, and that knowledge is extremely valuable when joining a new company. This is especially the case for a start-up where things move fast, and it is not always easy to stay up-to-date.

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