In the Spotlight for Engineers Week 2020: SoundHound Inc.’s Rowena Zuniga
In celebration of Engineers Week and “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”, we talked to SoundHound senior software developer, Rowena Zuniga
SoundHound Inc. is continuing its celebration of Engineers Week 2020 by profiling members of our engineering team. As a voice AI company with offices across the globe, we have engineers in many locations outside of the U.S. Today we’re featuring one of our international team members, Ryosuke Yamamoto, a senior software engineer in our Tokyo office.
Ryosuke graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology and has always loved modifying or creating computer games — a passion that led him to engineering. Ryosuke’s early interest in computer games explains his penchant for making our applications more enjoyable for our users. Here’s more from Ryosuke:
A: Being able to express myself through programming. Early on, I made some modifications to video games to make them more fun. In my work, I cannot always make everything only as I want it to be, but it is still enjoyable. It is a pleasure to see our products become more fun.
A: I like that I can propose any feature and that I’m not limited to a specific domain — it’s my choice. It keeps me inspired. Of course, I have to finish jobs assigned to me first, and my proposals are not always accepted — but it keeps me interested.
A: Messy old code and limited features that can be improved. I like to think of ways to do something in a smarter way and make it more fun — as long as the deadline permits that.
A: Honestly, I want to have a superpower to create documentation instantly. I love to create a logic model and write code, but leaving comments and documentation is not fun for me. But I do understand that reports and documentation are necessary to communicate with others and to demonstrate my contributions.
A: Outside of work, I enjoy playing and modifying or creating computer games. I’ve loved working on computer games since my childhood and it’s what has led me to engineering.
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