Employee Spotlight on “Elementee” Enrique Meneses

Emp Enrique

Enrique is a software engineer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to Element he created a product at Careflow Solutions based on his work with health care standards for care planning and coordination of care. He holds a BS in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Q: As a former entrepreneur, what skills were transferable from starting your own business to working at Element?

A: I had the opportunity to work with multiple health care clients from the early stages of an idea to building and delivering working products. I was lucky to connect with teams who valued user experience design and lean execution. That experience aligns great with the strong customer focus and agile execution of the Element teams.

My role was a mix of consultant and engineer. I worked with users from the early requirements phase, worked on architecture, design and developed the product (both backend and front-end) as a member of my client’s IT teams. I also developed my own product; so for the last couple of years, I've been operating in startup mode.

Q: Tell us a bit more about what you do on a day to day basis here at Element.

A: I build backend software for integrating information from the industrial internet of things (IIoT). I get to do functional programming in Scala, my favorite programming language. I am excited to be contributing to bringing together the diversity of industrial assets and high volume time series data to enable our digital twin platform for industrial transformation.

Q: What three words or phrases would you use to describe Element Analytics?

A: Customer focus, agile, open culture.

Q: What sets your co-workers apart?

A: Everyone is very engaged and cares about what we are building. I am getting to work with curious, smart people who are open to new ideas and continually learning. Conversations during happy hour range from social issues affecting San Francisco to new techniques and ideas for improving our product.

Q: What is your favorite spot for a meal or a drink in San Francisco?

A: Just downstairs across the street there is Black Hammer Brewery and for lunch a short walk to South Park for lunch in a green sunny spot. I love all kinds of food.

Q: If you had one superpower what would it be and why?

A: I would love to fly. It would feel very liberating to be able to move across the sky and more easily see the world from different perspectives.

Q: When you’re not at work, people can find you:

A: I have a young child and I am getting to experience childhood again! I love going to the beach, going to museums, camping and just relaxing with family at home.

Q: What gets you up in the morning?

A: A good night’s rest, family, interesting work and the opportunity to collaborate with a talented team. I love building solutions which make a meaningful and lasting difference for customers. If I retire, I’ll still be building something.

Q: What’s a book you’re currently reading?

A:  The Discoverers. It’s history as engaging as fiction.

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