Meet our Compiler Engineer Jose, who is also a passionate cyclist and find out about his everyday tasks.
WHERE AND WHAT?
I currently live and work in Cologne. I came here 3 years ago and really enjoyed how different it can be depending on which part of the city you are in. I also do visit Portugal many times during the year. I’m a Compiler Engineer working on the FPGA team. I’ve been working on the core components of the FPGA product for the past 2 years. A typical day starts with a Club-Mate or its replacement (coffee) and some small talk in the kitchen. I miss the coffee talks. The rest of the day is spent either in meetings, coding, or on code reviews. There isn’t one particular thing that I’m most proud of. If I had to say something, probably it would be designing tools that are now widely used by other developers. It is great to see the impact those can have. Besides that, I also feel lucky I can contribute to crucial engineering discussions that shape the product for years to come.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR WORK?
The team is what motivates and surprises me every day. I sometimes think I’m in this bubble where there is no problem that cannot be solved. Kudos to all of them! I also like to say that a good day is when I learn something new, and that happens on a regular basis. Besides that, I miss talking to my teammate Niko.
BEST DEVELOPMENTS SINCE YOU JOINED?
Equally important to mention are the values that the company has kept since I joined. The ones that come to mind right now are agility, technical prowess, innovation, and many more. Besides that, I’ve seen a strong will from everyone in keeping our beliefs and a constant will to improve them.
HOW DO YOU EXPERIENCE OUR VALUES (TEAM, INNOVATION, CUSTOMER ORIENTATION) IN YOUR DAILY WORK LIFE?
I enjoy watching how innovation happens. I think that a lot of the great things we’ve created come from someone going one step further and trying to improve everyone’s lives. It is incredible the dedication that everyone puts into making our tools better for customers and for ourselves.
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU HADN’T BECOME A ENGINEERING PROFESSIONAL?
I think if I hadn’t become an engineer I would probably still be studying. Even nowadays, there are some parts of student life that haven’t left me. If not studying, I like to think I could’ve been a professional cyclist.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ITEM OR PLACE IN THE OFFICE?
My favorite thing in the office is the Ferrari (RC car) of the FPGA team. Not only does it go back and forth, but also the doors open automatically! I have it sitting by my desk if someone wants to take it for a drive. It is great for a little bit of fun.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
My biggest hobby is cycling. I go road cycling around Cologne every other weekend or after work. I still hope I can go to the Alps this year. If you are also a cyclist and living in Cologne (or around), let me take this opportunity to recruit you to my little cycling group. Besides that, I’m always outside when I can. Last year I got into surfing. This year I already got close to getting a Kajak several times.
ADVICE TO FUTURE INTERNS?
When you give everything you have and you still think you haven’t, you’re probably on the right track to finding something you’re passionate about. I think the most important thing is to try new things out, and if it does not work the first time, try again.