It is always nerve-racking coming into a new company and trying to break the ice. Ensuring that new employees feel comfortable is crucial to building a positive transition within a company. We thought it would be fun to ask Nathan a few questions to get to know him a little better.
Q: What is your official work title?
A: Application Specialist.
Q: Can you tell us more about your professional experience/history?
A: I’ve been into computer programming since my grandfather bought me a Texas Instruments 99/4A computer when I was 10. I entered the Air Force as a programmer in 1996. For the first 5 years, I worked in Network Administration/Helpdesk. I spent the next 8 working on the software that runs the E-3 AWACS. Putting it very simply, it is like Air Traffic Control, but running on a plane. I primarily worked on surveillance, which dealt with making sure we knew where things were.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I like video/computer games, though I don’t find much time for them anymore. I also enjoy reading, mostly fantasy or science fiction. The same with Movies and TV. I like to run, but again haven’t been able to much. There was a time I started training to run the Air Force Marathon. I’d like to do something like that still someday.
Q: What is your greatest travel experience?
A: June/July of ’98. At first glance the why of what happened seems like a pain, but it turned out really cool. It was a work trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait (though I only made it to the first 2.) We flew into Saudi first, but due to restrictions on travel to and from there since the Kingdom was paying for fuel, we had to leave the area entirely to fly anywhere else. So, we went to Ramstein AB, Germany next and spent 4th of July weekend there. Took a one day road trip into Luxembourg and Metz, France while we were there. We also spent a day in Sicily on the way to UAE. (We split the team on the way back in which is why I never got to Kuwait). Finally, we were stuck in Bahrain for 2 days on the way home. That part wasn’t great just because after half a day there wasn’t much to do.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: The Empire Strikes Back.
Q: Guilty pleasure music artist?
A: Not entirely one artist, but what my girlfriend describes as “90’s Teenage Girl” music. Aqua is an example, not just Barbie Girl, but that too.
Q: What is something that inspires you?
A: My daughter. The person she grew up to be truly amazes me.
Q: What would you say your professional goal would be now that you are employed at Percipia?
A: To improve as a programmer. I’ve been away from it as a full-time thing for a while.