Alec joined the CleanSlate team in July 2022 – just roughly a month ago. Working with the team at CleanSlate, he can ask questions and is exposed to new perspectives and ideas that he can use to improve his own. From hardware, software, training and beyond – Alec loves the number of resources he is provided with and that are available to him if he needs them. He appreciates that CleanSlate recognizes that good tools are essential for good work.

Q: What is your role at CleanSlate?
A: Associate Engineer

Q: What made you want to work for CleanSlate?
A: I knew working for CleanSlate would be like drinking from a fire hose of knowledge. The breadth and depth of knowledge and talent under one roof is incredible here. Everyone I’ve come in contact with has had something incredible that they do that I want to learn and they are willing to share that knowledge with me. The sky is the limit and CleanSlate is the place.

Q: What skills are you currently utilizing in your role?
A: Intimate knowledge of the current client’s business model, problem-solving, and the ability to drink a lot coffee.

Q: How has the company helped your growth within your role?
A: This is an environment that breeds success and encourages growth. Nobody wants to be stagnate or complacent. Everyone is trying their best to learn and improve every day. That mindset is contagious and a huge motivator to push forward.

Q: What advice do you have for someone entering your field right now? What are the most important hard and soft skills?
A: Be able to think about a problem for a long time. Visualize where your piece of the problem fits into the overall scope of what you’re trying to do. 

Be alright with no knowing. Knowing something is not as important as knowing who does know. Most people will offer a perspective unique to them that you can integrate into your own and develop a better solution.

Read documentation constantly because everything is always changing. Being informed helps you ask better questions. Better questions yield better answers.

Recognize that software is not intuitive, it shouldn’t be easy and that’s why it’s rewarding. Who wants to play the first level of a video game over and over? Nobody! The more challenging it is, the more fun it is.

Q: What is your hidden talent?
A: I wouldn’t call it a hidden talent, but I always try to see the world for what it can be rather than what it is.

Q: What are 4 things you cannot live without?
A: Macho Man Randy Savage Edition Slim Jims, Computer, Oxygen, and Coffee