Welcome back to the Meet Our Team Q&A series. My name is Daniela Williams, Project Manager at ISE, and I’ll be asking ISE team members questions to help give insight into what makes us tick.
This month is ISE's 16th anniversary! Today I'm interviewing Mark Brown, Senior Software Developer, and one of the original ISE team members.
Q. What did you do prior to joining Hass on his adventure to start ISE sixteen years ago?
Mark: It’s kind of amazing to think how fast the past sixteen years have gone. Prior to ISE, all of us worked at NEXIQ/Diversified Software Industries. My first job right out of school was at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.
Q. As one of the original employees, what made you decided this was a venture you wanted to be included in?
Mark: That was definitely a scary time. DSI had been purchased by NEXIQ who subsequently went bankrupt, and we were all looking for new jobs. Hass had this idea of starting a new company, but I wasn’t sure if it was really going to happen. I had approached another company in Cedar Rapids and had an interview scheduled when Hass told me it was a go. We had the Breakthrough to Literacy project to immediately fund us, and with our fearless leaders of Hass and Deb, everything was going to be just fine, right? I definitely made the right choice.
Q: Since the first days of ISE, you've worked on various projects. Which one did you find most interesting and why?
Mark: I think the Breakthrough to Literacy projects (now known as Foundations in Learning) are the most interesting to me. I enjoy working in the education domain for children, as it is something I can truly relate to with having six children of my own. The projects have interesting technology challenges as well, whether it be creating a multimedia Java framework that runs on Mac and Windows, to Java sound headaches on the Mac, and more recently using Angular and Ionic to create very interactive websites and iOS apps.
Q. ISE's first project was for Breakthrough to LiteracyFoundations in Learning (FIL). This past summer you led another project for FIL as well. What about ISE do you believe has resulted in the continued relationship?
Mark: We do have a really great relationship with FIL. It’s hard not to be excited to work on a FIL project after hearing Carolyn speak so passionately about how they are helping children learn to read. I believe FIL enjoys working with us because we have continually delivered high quality, on-time, and within budget products. I think our engineers listen well to what FIL wants to do, and there is good collaboration in building the right solution.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Mark: We play a lot of soccer at my house, and I enjoy coaching one, two, or even three soccer teams at a time. I also love spending time with my wife. We enjoy going to plays, usually at the Old Creamery Theater in Amana. Check it out sometime.
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