Matthew Conover ’19 explains how PLU helped prepare him for a career in software engineering – Pacific Lutheran University

Matthew Conover ’19 explains how PLU helped prepare him for a career in software engineering – Pacific Lutheran University

“I fall into the latter camp,” Conover said. “I sincerely believe that no matter what I majored in or what career I started in, I would have ended up programming.”

Today, Conover is a senior software engineer at Rainway, a Seattle-based video game streaming service. He works from his home in San Jose, California Before taking the job at Rainway, he worked at Wiser Solutions, an information and technology firm specializing in ecommerce and marketing.

We caught up with Conover, who majored in computer science, to discuss how his experiences at PLU helped prepare him for his career, how he landed a coveted internship at T-Mobile and more.

You’re a few months into your new role at Rainway. How is it going?

Since joining Rainway and having “Senior” prepended to my title, my day to day has changed a bit. At my previous job with Wiser Solutions, I would regularly be head down coding on a distributed backend system and sometimes find myself in the center of planning discussions. Now, at Rainway, I often find myself reviewing code, answering questions, and occasionally driving the planning.

My current task is to be a leader of change as we rewrite a good portion of our platform in order to help stabilize and harden it before bringing it to market. For those interested: We are porting a good portion of code to the Rust language.

Source: https://www.plu.edu/news/archive/2021/11/16/conover/