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.
Today I'm interviewing Meredith Godar, Software Developer on the Big Data team. Meredith also co-leads the Philanthropy Committee. Last week they wrapped up one of their yearly fundraising efforts that was held in conjunction with other Trimble Transportation sites in a friendly competition.
Q. How long have you worked at ISE and what did you do prior?
Meredith: I've worked at ISE since May of 2014. Prior to that I was doing my undergrad at the University of Iowa where I majored in electrical and computer engineering.
Q. The Philanthropy Committee is busy again this year, and this is your fifth year on the committee. What inspires you with the philanthropic work ISE is involved in?
Meredith: I've always felt it's important to give back to the community, and I'm grateful to work at a company that agrees. CommUnity (formerly The Crisis Center) is one of the philanthropy committee's favorite organizations to hold drives for. They provide many critical services and serve a huge number of families in the Iowa City area. They are always so grateful for our donations.
Q: What has been your most proud moment on the Philanthropy Committee?
Meredith: I'm always proud of the generosity of my fellow coworkers at ISE. We just wrapped up a food and toilet paper drive for CommUnity. We surpassed our goal of donating 1,000 rolls of toilet paper by collecting 1,011 rolls. The total food and toilet paper donation was 696 pounds. Whenever we hold a drive, we pretty consistently beat our totals from the previous drive, all thanks to the generosity of the employees at ISE!
Q. You are also a member of our quickly growing Big Data team. What got you interested in Big Data?
Meredith: I didn't really have any experience with big data or data science before joining the big data team. When I joined the team, they were working on a project to move a client from an on-premise Hadoop cluster to AWS. I had AWS experience that I was able to bring to the team to help with that transition. Since I joined the team, I've learned a ton. It's been fun to work with new languages and technologies.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Meredith: I'm currently working on a masters in computer science, which is fun but also time-consuming. When I'm not doing school work, I enjoy reading a variety of books and catching up on Netflix. I also play tenor sax in the Marion Big Band. We rehearse throughout the year, and play at concerts in the park in July and a few holiday concerts in December. I also play in the Marion community concert band and community jazz band which just runs from May - June. I really enjoy music, so the summer community band season is one of my favorite parts of the year.
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