60 hours after I wrapped up my second year at UC Berkeley, I walked into the UnifyID office for my first day as a software engineering intern. I was not sure what to expect, but I definitely did not think that before I left that day, I would have already contributed to the codebase! The decision to work at UnifyID was an easy one. This team was working on technology that I believed was the future of security, using implicit authentication to determine what makes you unique, ultimately eliminating passwords.
Throughout the summer, I worked on various projects ranging from Android development to devOps to server backend work. One project I particularly enjoyed working on was the continuous integration for our Android project. It was interesting to understand how the code that was written was built, tested, and deployed through the pipeline, and how it all tied together with Docker and Amazon Web Services. I had never worked in any of these areas before arriving at UnifyID, but with guidance from my mentor, CEO John Whaley, and the incredible support of the other engineers, I was able to directly contribute to the product. I learned something new every day and noticed my growth as a software engineer as the summer progressed.
As a female engineer, I have always noticed the underrepresentation of women in engineering. I constantly wonder what I can do to lessen this gap? From this experience, I have learned that as long as you are passionate about your work and genuinely care about what you are doing, not much can stand in your way. To all my aspiring engineering peers: be inquisitive, be supportive, and a caring community will form.
The team really makes the office feel like a comfortable and enjoyable space to be in. The whole team is so passionate about their work and willing to take time out of their day to share and explain their projects to me. Everyone comes from such different backgrounds and each person is so interesting to talk to and learn from.
As the summer comes to an end, I would like to thank the team at UnifyID for this wonderful learning experience. Nowhere else would I have been able to discuss ideas, designs, and implementations with such qualified people while working on a groundbreaking solution to such a prolific problem.