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Dynepic Supports USAF Veteran Transition Under SkillBridge Program

Not only is the Dynepic team growing, we just scored with two new A M A Z I N G people as part of the DOD’s SkillBridge Program

If you’re not familiar, SkillBridge helps match highly skilled military service members with training and development opportunities in different industries through internships during their last 180 days of service. The hands-on experience and training in a civilian work environment can be critical to ensuring a positive transition, and we’re proud to be a part of their journey!

Read on to learn more about Chris Dionne (Software Developer Intern), and Dom Lignelli (Program Management & New Business Development Intern): 

Q: What were you up to before joining Dynepic?

Dom: I was active duty in the United States Air Force for almost 13 years, and spent just under four years as an Egress Technician working on ejection seats for F15 Strike Eagles in North Carolina. After that I retrained to become a Flight Engineer on the C5M Super Galaxy. Over the nine years as an engineer I flew just under 2500 hours and spent about 2 years as an instructor.  

Chris: I was also in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller for 12 years. I have had the privilege to control every type of aircraft you could imagine. The last four years of my career was spent as an Air Traffic Control instructor for Air Education and Training Command (AETC).

Q: Describe your role with Dynepic in one sentence?

Dom: I am currently an intern learning about the inner workings of everything from software development to program management.  

Chris: Over the next few months of the internship, I’ll float between various departments, allowing me to be more versatile for the team. 

Q: What excites you the most about working with Dynepic?

Dom: The diversity of specific skill sets coming together to create a platform that is changing and challenging the “normal.”  Also the dynamic of the team and the cohesiveness where you never feel left behind or insignificant in your role.

Chris: We’re changing the world one level at a time! Also, making meaningful changes to help others do their jobs more efficiently. I now feel that I can truly make a difference for not only the Air Force but the DoD as a whole.

Q: Tell me about the coolest thing you’re working on right now.

Dom: Right now I’m working on our first annual MOTAR Expo (more on this coming soon!). It's a huge responsibility with the amount of visibility that will come from this event,  and only one of a handful of cool things I'm currently working on as I intern across the Dynepic organization. 

Chris: Currently, I am  familiarizing myself with various programming languages and exploring/learning  frameworks for databases.

Q: Why are you interested in VR/AR technology?

Dom: I found out about VR/AR tech a few years ago. It evolved into me becoming the lead program manager for the development of one of our programs we had created for the C5M community prior to joining the Dynepic Team.  It was an eye opening experience, and proved that this is the training capability of the future. The possibilities are endless and this is only the beginning for where this tech will go!

Chris: So we can fully implement the Matrix, of course.

Q: What energizes you?

Dom: Spending time with my wife and kids, going to sporting events, camping, fishing, pretty much anything that has to do with the outdoors. 

Chris: The ability actually to make positive changes for our customers and the world and most of all doing what I love to do. 

Q: What is one thing you’re particularly passionate about or proud of?

Dom: I am really passionate about cooking and I’m just starting to get into restoring vintage arcade machines.  I’ve restored an older Air Hockey table for my kids and now I'm working on a mechanical pinball machine.

Chris: I’m proud that my hard work, determination, and passion led me to Dynepic. 

Q: What was the best advice you’ve ever received?

Dom: Be humble and take a step back once in a while, you’ll see how much the view changes.

Chris: Stand up for what’s right and always face adversity head-on with your head held high. 

New Hire Spotlight: Dr. Victoria Claypoole

Dynepic is T H R I L L E D to welcome Dr. Victoria Claypoole to the Dynepic Team!! 

Victoria is our Manager of New Horizons, a role that will leverage her expertise in the Defense industry and academia including research, agile product management, and new business. There’s no one better for this role and we know Victoria will be integral to how we continue to #levelup the Dynepic world! 

“I love that Dynepic is solving many problems with one focused solution. It’s exciting to see so many big and small companies come together, play nicely, and work to provide value to our Warfighers,” Victoria shared. “I also love the autonomy and flexibility I have in my role. From the start, it’s always been ‘do what you love doing and what you do well and make this position yours’.”

Before coming to Dynepic, Victoria was an instructor at the University of Central Florida, where she was honored as one of the university’s ‘30 Under 30.’ During the same year, she was also awarded the University of Florida's '40 Under 40.' Victoria then completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base before working as a Research Associate for Design Interactive, Inc. 

A few more things about Victoria: 
Tell me about the coolest thing you’re working on right now.
I’m currently working on multiple new business actions to get MOTAR into every branch of the military. They really see the value of the MOTAR ecosystem, and how it can help all our warfighters, not just Airmen, so I’m excited to start these new connections. 

Why are you interested in AR/VR technology?
I love the idea of how empowering it can be in every aspect of our lives…BUT…I’ve also seen how it can quickly turn into a dystopian nightmare, so I initially wanted to work with this tech to be the “Human Factors” voice of reason. Just because we can develop something, doesn’t mean we should. We have to be intentional with the design of XR apps and their implementation, and that’s exactly what Dynepic is doing. 

What energizes you?
COFFEE! I mean, actually…I probably drink 5-6 cups a day. In all seriousness, I try to take pleasure/happiness in the smallest wins. Every little bit of success is going to lead to something big, so take the little wins and let them energize you to keep going!

What's the best advice you’ve ever received?
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. That and…Be confident and have courage in your convictions (thanks T-Swift).

Who would play you in a movie, and what kind of movie would it be?
Someone like Scar Jo in Black Widow or Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde – just some kickass woman breaking barriers and taking names. 

Thank you, Victoria!

Team Member Spotlight - Tiffani S. Clark

Q: Describe your role with Dynepic in one sentence. 
A: My role as QA Lead is to establish quality assurance processes and procedures to ensure that MOTAR meets and exceeds user’s expectation by being bug free and providing the expected functionality.

Q: What excites you most about working with Dynepic? 
A: I have never worked with a small company before. It feels much more nimble/flexible to make changes and move new code/functionality forward. The time to market is amazingly fast and it’s exciting to see the items you work on quickly implemented into production.

Q: Tell me about the coolest thing you’re working on right now. 
A: Jira Zephyr Scale – There were no test cases setup before I started and now: we’ve built a regression suite. There is still a lot to be done but seeing from where we started to where we are now is very cool. We are working on expanding this suite and once we onboard an automation resource and get automation started; this will significantly improve our ability and speed to maintain and improve the quality of the MOTAR.

Q: Why are you interested in AR/VR technology?
A: AR/VR is the future. Just about every industry - from automotive, healthcare, aircraft to real estate - is using or moving towards AR/VR technology. 

Q: What energizes you?
A: Catching issues that people did not think of.

Q: What is one thing you’re particularly passionate about or proud of?  

A: My sons, I’m so proud of my sons. My oldest just graduated from high school and is joining the military (Army) and my youngest just completed 7th grade with his 3rd year in a row of being on the honor roll the whole year and finishing with all As. 

Q: What's the best advice you’ve ever received? 
A: Trust God; everything will work out in God’s time.

Q: Who would play you in a movie, and what kind of movie would it be?
A: Tasha Smith would play me, and it would be a Comedy/Drama!

Q: Pets? Hobbies? Tell us something we don’t know about you! 

  • Pet: Goldie, a 1-year-old Goldendoodle
  • Hobbies: Reading and traveling
  • Something you don’t know about me: I love to travel and I love a good road trip. My youngest son and I traveled from Florida to California on a 24-day road trip visiting 11 cities (Gulf Shores, AL; New Orleans, LA; Galveston, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Roswell, NM; Tusayan, AR; Las Vegas, NV; Palm Springs, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Arcata, CA).