She may not be able to pull a rabbit out of her hat, but Software Development Engineer Sowmya Chitrapu sure works her magic on a day-to-day basis to turn conjured up ideas into real-life tools and features within Tigerpaw.
A world traveler who is just crazy into math, Sowmya has parlayed her kick-ass problem-solving skills into a software career that continually feeds her passion for learning new things inside and outside the confines of the Tigerpaw office.
Learn more about Sowmya in our next installment of Tiger Tales in which we highlight members of Team Tigerpaw:
How long have you worked at Tigerpaw and what brought you here?
It’s been just over three years for me now at Tigerpaw Software. I had just graduated when I joined Tigerpaw. I was doing my Master in Computer Science at University of Nebraska at Omaha and was looking for full-time opportunities, and that’s when I came across Tigerpaw Software. It just so happened that two days after my convocation ceremony I got an offer. It was a double joy.
The world of developers seems to be pretty male-dominated. How did you get interested in this line of work? What challenges did you face? And what advice would you have for other women looking to get into the field?
My interest in mathematics while at school is what propelled me to take computer science classes at the university level. The love for algorithms and problem solving is what drove me into this direction. The idea that we are building systems and software that have an impact on such a large scale just blows my mind. It makes me feel like a magician.
The only challenge being in this industry would be keeping yourself up to date with the latest technology. It’s constant learning. And that’s the interesting part too. You don’t get bored easily because there always something new to learn.
As far as advice for women, I would say that if you have an appetite for problem solving and you like building and solving real-time problems, the software/tech industry is the place to be. Take the plunge — trust me it’s fun.
What does your day-to-day schedule look like? How does what you're working on translate to the Tigerpaw end user?
My day-to-day activities include analyzing the requirements for new features, doing a design spike, coding, bug fixes and deploying. Basically, we go through every phase of the software development lifecycle.
I’ve extensively worked on the restful services and WCF web services, which allow our clients to integrate with us. I've worked on some new features inside of Tigerpaw like Etilize, which allows our clients to query real-time product information. Think of it more like a browsing catalog. And I've contributed to integrating new features related to the managed print space, both in the desktop and restful services.
Word on the street is that you love to travel. Where in the world have you been? What is your favorite place?Both my husband and I love travelling. We've visited almost 26 states in the U.S. Even back in India, I’ve almost covered the length and breadth of the country. My favorite place in the U.S. so far has been Colorado. Lots of outdoor adventures in the midst of the scenic nature. The other place I’ve enjoyed going to was Dubai or UAE. Different culture, different terrain, awesome food and awesome place to shop. We got to do sand dune bashing, which was pretty fun. And I always travel back to India at least once a year. That’s my favorite place to go back to. Nothing like home.
When you aren't at Tigerpaw, what are you most likely doing?
I travel. That’s because my husband lives in New York. Either he travels to Omaha or I travel to New York, or we meet up at a common place. Now you know how we ended up visiting 26 states!
When I am not travelling, I am trying to keep myself updated with latest technology, playing with different technologies or taking up new courses. Recently I’ve taken up a course on machine learning and that’s keeping me busy these days.
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