Evan Ross

Software Engineering Manager

What are your credentials and past experience for working in your position?

Though I have had a passion for coding and technology from a young age, I started my career in a very different direction as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.  

To a degree that surprised even myself - the skillsets really have carried over into my position at S44: logical problem-solving, cross-cultural communication, and transferring knowledge are essential to both environments.  

To bridge the gap between my prior study of and interest in coding and the modern industry, I attended the Columbia University School of Engineering Coding Bootcamp for full-stack web development.

What do you like about working at S44?

The best thing about working here has been the culture of mentorship.  

When I started here, I was very fortunate to have around me many incredibly talented, experienced developers from whom I could gain a tremendous amount of practical and theoretical knowledge.  

From early on, I was also able to interface with clients directly and gain key insights into their business needs.  

Years later, I feel I am still able to learn so much from my colleagues, but at the same time, I can offer the same kind of mentorship to newcomers.  

This circle of learning fosters talent and allows our expertise to grow with our projects.

What’s your background?

I was born and raised in New York and was a consummate theatre kid, scholastic overachiever, and young internet denizen.  

In college, I majored in Japanese Language and Literature and minored in Music and Linguistics.  

I then started teaching English as a Second Language in Tokyo and then in Manhattan before transitioning to software development.  

My interests have always been eclectic – from coding to cooking, from classical music to crochet.  

I’m extremely passionate about making things and making connections.

What are the values that drive you?

I strive to achieve expertise in what I don’t yet know and help guide others towards expertise in what I know.  

This includes mentoring junior developers on our team with some coding fundamentals and assisting clients in understanding technical concepts to the level they need to make key decisions about their projects.  

The desire to solve problems, no matter how complex, and collaborate with team members and clients across job functions also drives me.

Favorite quote:

“A good steak pun is a rare medium well-done.”  

Favorite podcast:

The Adventure Zone and This Podcast Will Kill You

Favorite book:

Le Ton beau de Marot by Douglas Hofstadter

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

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