Home / Employee Spotlights

Blog - Employee Spotlights

Filter by tag:

Team Member Spotlight: Josh Paulsen, Jr. Developer

Team Member Spotlight: Josh Paulsen, Jr. Developer

 

Describe your role with Dynepic in one sentence. 
I document, test, and build everything I can for Dynepic. Over the past six years I’ve had the chance to do almost everything. Now with the shift into the USAF space, I’m responsible for on-boarding users, verifying acceptance criteria against work the platform devs have completed, and documenting the platform as we build it! 

What excites you most about working with Dynepic? 
Seeing endless opportunities and innovation happen right in front of me. I’ve seen the development of new products and watched them all grow one step at a time. Watching the progress and growth of Dynepic has excited me everyday for six years.


Tell me about the coolest thing you’re working on right now. 
Outside of work I am developing my first “Steam” (Windows) game using the unity engine. It's called Endless Orbit - and is set in space! I know this lines up with what we are working on now but I've held onto this idea since I was 15 and am finally acting on it!


Why are you interested in AR/VR technology?
I’m particularly interested in mobile AR. I was first introduced to Augmented Reality with the release of Apple's ARKit. My colleagues have also sparked my interest in VR technology this year after seeing a few projects they worked on. As a developer I realize there is endless opportunity in the AR/VR space if you have the talent!


What energizes you?
My mom energizes me honestly, she has really shown me that people can handle a lot more problems than they realize at the time. She also really shows me anything is possible, and to never give up.


What is one thing you’re particularly passionate about or proud of?
I’m  passionate about IOS development and proud of the portfolio I've built so far. I started this work in 2015 and have published apps ever since then as I've improved my skills and it's been a ton of fun seeing where it has led me so far. 

What's the best advice you’ve ever received? 
“Everything happens for a reason.” I try and remember this advice as it's a good way to keep myself grounded.


Who would play you in a movie, and what kind of movie would it be?
Michael Cera - and it would be a comedy.


Pets? Hobbies? Tell me something we don’t know about you! 

  • Pets: I have one dog named Ernie. He is a pitbull mix and I love him! 
  • Hobbies: I am trying to learn more about cars and understand how they work a bit more. I like taking pictures of cars and currently post that online!


Anything else you’d like to share? 
I didn’t take the normal college route like most people do. Krissa gave me a chance at an early age and has pushed me to grow in many aspects of life. I feel like I wouldn’t be half of the person I am today without Krissa. I got hired at Dynepic at a really weird time in my life where I couldn’t focus. She helped me reset and gain a passion for this type of work.

Employee Spotlight - Christina Padron

Employee Spotlight - Christina Padron

Christina Padron

Director of Partnerships + Growth

 

Q: In one sentence, tell me what you do in your role.

A: As the director of partnership and growth, I’m primarily responsible for maintaining vendor and Air Force customer relationships, building new business partnerships, and identifying growth opportunities.

 

Q: What do you love about XR technology and why?

A: It’s going to revolutionize everything, just as the cellphone has. From a training perspective, the ability to be fully immersed and use the entire 3D space around you with relatively low cost hardware and software completely changes the training picture. You get unprecedented experiential learning in a completely scalable way. Especially in situations in which it's unsafe or very expensive to train, the magic of XR is that by doing the “reps and sets” in XR beforehand, by the time trainees get to live training scenarios, they’ll have far more experience and will reach proficiency faster.

 

Q: Who inspired you to choose this career path?

A: I’m an industrial engineer, with a specialty in human factors engineering, which I actually learned about in college at Purdue through a Women in Engineering session. They connected each of us with a female leader in the industry, and when she described her job, I knew in the first few minutes that's what I wanted to do. Human factors engineering is the perfect mix of psychology and engineering.

 

Q: What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?

A: That’s a tough one - but I’d have to say right now its the recruiting challenge. It’s been an incredible opportunity to begin to expand into more of a public-facing area, get really creative in applying XR to inspire the next generation of recruits, and have a deep impact on the future of USAF and Space Force.

 

Q: Early bird or night owl?

A: Early bird! 

 

Q: How do you start your day?

A: Coffee and exercise, whatever I can fit in. But mostly coffee.

 

Q: What energizes you?

A: Anything on or related to the beach - I love vacationing there with my family and taking walks with friends. I love to travel - we went on a cruise to Havana, Cuba a couple of years ago! I also love TV - currently enjoying Scandal and basically anything from Shonda Rhimes. One of my all-time favorites is Westworld. And I love to read science fiction - Robert Heinlein, Orson Scott Card, and Douglas E. Richards are some of my favorite authors.

 

Q: Best advice someone’s given you?

A: Perception is reality. And know your audience.

 

Q: First job?

A: High school - concession stand supervisor at Purdue, where my dad was a professor. I was the runner, did set up, tear down, clean up, all of it. I also worked in a Purdue bookstore for a while in high school.

 

Q: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

A: My dad is from Turkey. We did a huge family trip there in 2014, I can’t wait to go back once we can travel again!

 

 

Behind the Code: Developers at Dynepic

At Dynepic we do things differently, from how we collaborate with each other to how we solve problems. At our core, we’re committed to the greater vision, with an elite, innovator mindset and deep technical expertise leveraged for doing good in the world.