For our most recent installment of our “Meet the RocketBuilder” series, we bring you Todd Kersey, Senior Software Developer. Todd is a wizard at Python programing, and outside of work, he’s a hobbyist glassblower. He’s quick to lend a hand on any project, as well as being quick with a great idea or solution. Working as a developer for 15+ years, he’s had loads of experience with everything from websites to complex software for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies across a broad range of industries.
Q & A with Todd Kersey
Q: What is your role at RocketBuild, and what does it entail?
A: I am a Senior Software Developer. I build applications for clients and hopefully bring a bit of knowledge to share amongst the team.
Q: What three words might people use to describe you?
Dedicated, Hardworking, Quick Learner
Q: What got you into your career?
A: I have always had an interest in computers and would spent time with my father in rooms full of mainframes. In college, I really started to get into programming and became more interested in pursuing it as a career.
Q: Describe your educational experience?
A: I started college going to Ivy Tech where I took my first programming class in MS-DOS. Then, I transferred to IUPUI where I received a degree from IU in Media Art and Science on a track specializing in building web applications. During my time at IUPUI, I also received a degree in applied Computer Science from Purdue.
Q: Describe your professional experience?
Q: What is your current favorite coding language or framework?
A: I enjoy working with Python.
Q: What’s your favorite type of project or client to work with?
A: My favorite type of project are the ones where I have an opportunity to learn something new. Whether it is doing something for the first time or using new tooling to develop a project, any chance to build my skillset is exciting.
Q: What are you super passionate about?
A: I am passionate about fixing things. Whether it is doing something mechanical like fixing a car or finding a solution to a bug in code, I enjoy the process of solving a problem that exists.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Mostly, I hang out with my wife and dog. We enjoy going for walks, watching TV, and they watch me cook.
Q: If you had to stay up all night for a hackathon, what drinks and snacks would you need to keep you going?
A: If I had to stay up all night, I would need a truck load of coffee and some pizza.
Q: Favorite local lunch spot?
A: Workingman’s Friend is always a good choice for lunch.
Q: Favorite band or artist?
A: I don’t have a favorite band, but I grew up in the 90s. So, I like a variety of music from classic rock to old school hiphop to heavy metal.
Q: Favorite place you’ve ever visited?
A: Hawaii – Big Island
Q: A fun fact about yourself:
A: I am a hobbyist glassblower.
Q: A random fun fact?
2) Wombats poop in cubes.