I love writing software that helps people love what they do more, and I have had the good fortune to do this for over 30 years. My roots are low-level pursuits, designing economical process control gear for small manufacturing companies trying to compete with corporate Goliaths. Later I was involved in creating software workflows for content delivery and learning management in the healthcare industry.
I had two mentors, both from the NASA JPL. They were technically brilliant, but I only came to understand that far later in my career. What I admired most about them both was the ease with which they communicated about immensely technical things, in ways that that a neophyte could grasp. They taught me C, and shared a love for creating magic through software that has never left me. I owe them much.