Sharing Knowledge to Advance Our Systems
I wrote my first program when I was 10 years old. My dad was a software engineer working for a bank in Belgium. He was often bringing his work home and I loved trying to understand it. By the time I was a teenager, I was spending all my time working on visual and music related softwares.
After I learned everything I could about software development, I wanted to know more about how and why it worked, so I got a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Haute École Louvain en Hainaut in Belgium.
One of my first jobs after university was working in intelligent network management. This was in the end of 90’s and beginning of 2000’s, still the early days of AI with intelligent expert systems applied to network management. After a few years, I decided I wanted to try something else. I moved to Canada where I worked for a couple of telecommunication companies and then a large electricity transportation company.
After many years, I decided to come back to Europe to be closer to family. But I didn't come back to Belgium, I wanted to try something new.
When I moved to Switzerland, one thing I knew for sure was that I didn't want to work for a company where the work is extremely formatted, mainly because even if you know exactly what you have to do, you don't know why you are doing it. I don’t like that.
I started researching my options and I found out about the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). I always loved engineering, so I decided to give it a try. When I got a call from SOPHiA GENETICS asking me to come in for an interview, that’s when everything started. I was one of the first fifteen people hired into the company and from the very first interview, I knew it would be a different kind of work experience.
At SOPHiA GENETICS, I’m a software engineer but my role involves much more than that. We're building the blueprint for all the software within the company. I'm helping with everything from the top to the bottom. I’m never bored!
I remember five years ago when the company was very small, we were almost sitting on each other’s laps. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come as we count over 300 employees worldwide now!
Today, I work closely with the Services and Data Sciences departments to help evolve our system, constantly making it better and faster. The goal is to cope with all the information we will have in the next few years, given our extreme growth. I like to sit with the teams to see how they work so that I can make our system as functional as possible.
The perks of my job are the constant challenges; we are always pushed to do things better and to perform at our best. Here at SOPHiA GENETICS, team spirit is the key! Everybody wants to do their best and bring you the best of their knowledge to make things better. I’ve always really enjoyed sharing my experience, so this is important for me.
Software is never just software, behind it are the users. That’s why a spirit of wisdom sharing is so important for us.