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 Nick Lorch, Senior Software Engineer, and fellow hard-core bike commuter. He's also on a unique team of one working with some of the latest and greatest technologies.
Q. How long have you worked at ISE and what did you do prior?
Nick: I’ve worked at ISE for almost 4 years now. Before that I worked at Rockwell Collins’ Advanced Technology Center building software that linked real aircraft with simulators and concept technologies for flight decks.
Q. May is National Bike Month! You started biking to work last year and haven't stopped. What motivates you to bike year-round?
Nick: The main reason I try and bike to work every day is because it makes me feel good. Even when its raining, I feel better getting wet and riding my bike than if I took my car and didn’t. The thing that motivated me to start was actually bike to work week last year. I saw that you would ride rain, snow or shine and figured if you could do it every day, then I’m sure I could survive riding to work in beautiful summer conditions. After I started riding every day, I found that it really wasn’t that bad to ride in the rain and told myself that I would ride until it got cold. Once it started getting cold, I realized with the right gear its really not that bad.
Q: What advice do you have for others that have considered biking to work but haven't made the leap yet?
Nick: Do it!
Q. Once you get to the office, your project is a unique one at ISE. I describe it to people as "you play with new technologies creating proof of concepts". What has been the most enjoyable project that you have worked on?
Nick: I honestly love all of the technologies that I get to play with here at ISE. I think the favorite thing about my position is that I am constantly thrown new technologies, and need to learn them quickly and apply them to some problem. Lately, AWS has been my playground of choice. I think the most fun I have had recently is that I built a network of Raspberry Pi’s that take pictures on command via an IoT network and will eventually use machine learning algorithms to identify issues on an assembly line. The system also has a nice admin page that shows the status of my ‘botnet’ and lets you remotely update and command them. My other favorite thing is building an IoT Nerf “launcher” that works from the internet.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Nick: For fun I like to spend time with my wife, Jenny, and 2 daughters Abby and Emmy. We love to go on family bike rides. Outside of biking, I love to do woodworking when I can and tinker with anything in general. I am a big fan of cooking, and I have been on a quest to make the perfect pizza.
Are you interested in joining our team? Learn about our current opportunities on our Careers page. And, stay tuned for a future blog post on the Nerf launcher - an entertaining and practical use of our Growth and Development program.