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Thoughts of a Recent Graduate: Fredrick Galoso

Galoso with Georgia Tech Ramblin' Wreck, a 1930 Ford Model A Sport coupe. Schematics from mafca.com.

Fred Galoso  is a 2013 CS BS graduate. He is currently Senior Software Engineer, Trello at Atlassian.

When did you graduate from Iowa and what degree(s) did you get?

I graduated Fall 2012, B.B.A., Management Information Systems and Summer 2013, B.A., Computer Science.

What has kept you busy since you graduated and what are you up to now?

Soon after graduating from Iowa, I started working as a software developer for Dwolla, a venture backed, financial technology company in Des Moines, IA. For three years I helped build some of the core fraud, accounting, and data systems that moved billions of dollars through the payments network. In 2016, I joined Trello, where I continue to work today as a senior software engineer. I've had an opportunity to work on a product that has millions of users around the world, developing features as varied as enabling large organizations to use and manage Trello, helping develop an experimentation platform, and creating user experiences that educate and empower users to get organized and collaborate together. In early 2017, I was part of the Trello team that was acquired by Atlassian for $425 million, a NASDAQ traded collaboration software company.

I recently finished a M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. From 2015 to 2017, I specialized in Interactive Intelligence, studying the intersection of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence.

I've had an opportunity to work as an early employee at not just one, but multiple ambitious and industry changing companies. It has been an exhilarating ride and I've thoroughly enjoyed working to build products that have had a substantial impact in such a short amount of time.

What does Trello  do?

Trello is the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage projects and organize anything, trusted by millions of people from all over the world. Whether it is an individual, team, or large organization like Pixar, Google, or UNICEF, we help people work more collaboratively and get more done.

How has working remotely factored into your time at Trello/Atlassian?

It has enabled me to continue to live in Iowa while working for a large multinational technology company. It's also let me experience what appears to be a way of working that will continue to become more prevalent into the future. Thanks to tools like Trello, chat, video conferencing, and other productivity applications more and more organizations are making distributed teamwork an effective and productive way of working that greatly expands the talent pool for companies.

Tell us about some of your favorite experiences as a student in the CS dept at Iowa?

I remember fondly many late nights working with my fellow classmates in MacLean Hall on assignments and projects. I enjoyed my CS classes, especially taking classes taught by Dr. Doug Jones, Dr. Aaron Stump, and Dr. Teodor Rus and being engaged in discussion about the applications of computing in greater society. Finally, I enjoyed attending and learning from interesting colloquium speakers.

What advice do you have for our students?

While in school, engage with your fellow students and instructors. Go to office hours, make connections, and be as active as you can be in your learning. As with many things, what you get out of something is proportional to what what you put into it. Many of the things I learned and remember the most came from interactions that were not directly in the classroom.

Another thing I would encourage students is to seek opportunities to apply what they are learning to interests or projects outside of class. This could be a job, a club, an organization, open source, research, or volunteering - computing is ubiquitous and there are many opportunities to reinforce and apply your learning. This will also give you a body of work that you can point to, something that will be invaluable when you're seeking your next opportunity, whether it's a job in industry or continued education.

Finally, take measured risks, be entrepreneurial, and be prepare yourself for opportunities. Risk taking enables you to go for challenges and take initiative on problems that you may not normally have worked on. Entrepreneurial thinking will enable you to find ways to solve problems creatively. You may not know what you will work on next, but if an opportunity presents itself, if you're prepared, you can actually seize it.

 

Other "Thoughts of Recent Graduates" at this link.

Past news item on our site: "Technology Association of Iowa names 2012 Student Innovation of the Year winners!"