Alumni Profile: Adam Brown (Class of 2008)

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Adam Brown graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2008. He is currently a Software Engineer on the Web/Mobile team at Bungie.

Can you tell us a bit about what your typical workweek is like in your current job?

For most of my time here leading up to the launch of Destiny 40-hour work weeks were a fantasy. So that meant lots of long hours working with some really incredible people. Post-release we’ve managed to hit more of a work/life balance which is nice. We’re now in a much healthier two week release cadence, thinking up and implementing new features to help gamers manage their Destiny characters and interact with each other.

Tell us about some cool projects you’ve worked on since graduating.

My first job out of college was at a start-up making a game for the Nintendo Wii. It was a really small company so I got to write most of the game engine from scratch which was super interesting. Cutting across tons of disciplines in a single week was really good experience for future jobs. As for side projects, I’ve done lots of silly things with encryption, robots, Android apps, I get bored and very pointless things come into existence. But it’s a good way to keep learning new technologies though.

How did Plymouth State help prepare you for your job?

The faculty was just awesome. I was always working on funky little side projects and they would spend tons of time fielding questions and letting me pick their brains on problems I was encountering. I think those side projects really helped me starting out in my career.

What are some of your favorite memories of your experience at Plymouth State?

Late night CS Department LAN parties in the CS labs, which CS department faculty are just learning about right now! Also bonfires and river floating.

What other things do you do for fun in your free time?

Mountaineering! Seattle has a really great climbing culture that is pretty rad to be a part of. Highly recommend. 10/10 would climb again.

What advice would you give to current CS/IT students?

All of the foundational stuff really does matter: Algorithm Analysis, Operating Systems, Data Structures, it’s what separates us from the code monkeys!

Anything else you’d like to share?

I really loved my time at PSU, you really should take advantage of the access you have to the faculty, a lot of colleges don’t have that!