I have worked as a software developer for 20+ years. My first job was in Sacramento CA with Intel during the booming mid 80s and early 90s. After that, I moved to Salt Lake City Utah. My first dream job was working on the Human Genome Project in an academic lab at the University of Utah. Here I could combine my love of biology with my love of software. Once I got a taste of this, I never looked back. I spent 10 years working at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, developing a laboratory management system and genomic data repository. Four years ago, I joined a computational biology lab at the University of Utah, working on real-time analysis (cloud-based) and web-based visualizations (D3). This job challenges and rewards me in ways I never imagined. I work on a multi-disciplinary team with a great group of people. Working in the lab has allowed me to learn about many fascinating bioinformatics projects — problems that demand rigorous statistical approaches, innovative algorithms, and large-scale data processing. I hope to gain insights and expertise in these areas through the MIDS program at UC Berkeley.