(Back to) California or bust!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a job with Apple in California with a title of Dev Ops Engineer, starting February 15, 2016. I will be working with a great team of individuals doing lots of linuxy, pythony, and puppety things to help maintain the worldwide infrastructure that makes Apple Search/Spotlight possible. My family will probably stay in Virginia for about a month before joining me in the Bay Area. This is still to-be-determined.

April 2016 would have marked my 16th year with HHMI. In April 2000, a few months out of college, I started working for HHMI as a (glorified?) Network Engineer, supporting Windows servers, desktops, and Cisco networking devices around the country out of a remote office on the Stanford University campus in California. In late 2001 our office relocated to downtown Berkeley, much closer to home. In 2002, I got married and then in 2003 and 2005 had a son and a daughter.

In late 2005, HHMI moved my family from California to Virginia so I could work at their new Janelia Farm Research Campus (now Janelia Research Campus.) I started there as a Mac Admin, supporting researchers and administrative staff. In 2009, I transitioned to the Scientific Computing Systems team to support the linux workstations and servers. This is when my love of scripting, programming, and automation really had a chance to take off.

Working at Janelia was the best part of my tenure at HHMI. I’ll be leaving behind many friends and respected colleagues there. I owe a lot to my last HHMI boss, who was a fantastic mentor and let me explore and develop my skills in directions I couldn’t have anticipated when I started working for him.

I quite like my career’s arc and how it has led me to where I am today and to what I’m about to do. The only thing I’m not sure about is what this move means for my future availability to work on ADPassMon and KerbMinder. I don’t anticipate having to cease work on these projects, but even if I do, the excellent collaborators I’ve managed to acquire will keep them alive and thriving.

Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year! I’m really looking forward to what’s next.

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