Zack’s interest in engineering and building things started at a young age and stemmed from his father, who owns and runs a painting and construction company in Reston, VA. In high school, Zack worked as an assistant carpenter in the summers, and this is where he found his love for building and creating things that can offer benefits to others. While he loves getting his hands dirty and working with power tools, in this modern age his interests started to fall away from physical construction and move towards technology. Zack began taking programing classes in Python and Java during high school and found the same enjoyment that he got when working with tools and wood. He continued down this path once he graduated high school and joined Virgina Tech’s engineering program. It didn’t take Zack long to decide on a computer science major. While at Virginia Tech he learned a great deal of skills in a variety of programing languages such as Python, Java, and C. He was immersed in the world of computer science and technology, learning about how all the amazing things that he uses daily came to be. Zack was also able to pursue his own interests within the field with electives where he gained skills and knowledge in web and app development as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
While Zack missed working with his father’s company and building things with his hands, he combined his interest in construction and technology in his internships throughout college. He spent two summers working as an intern for the HITT Contracting Enterprise Business Solutions team. This is where he learned how to use the skills from his classes to solve business problems. Zack now joins the Cloudforce team as a Could Applications Associate. Zack is involved in managed services on the nebulaONE team where he is learning the infrastructure that holds up all the amazing cloud services and products. While he is still relatively new to Cloudforce, he has already learned a ton and recently earned his AZ-900 certification and is currently studying for the AZ-204 and AI-102.
More fun facts about Zack:
What do you do when you’re not at Cloudforce?
- I spend a lot of time outdoors whether it be hiking and camping or playing sports with friends. When I am not outside, I am an avid music lover and play guitar as often as I can.
If you could be guaranteed one thing in life (besides money), what would it be and why?
- Ski tickets!! I love to ski but it can run up a check.
What fictional world (comics, TV, anything) or place would you like to visit?
- Avatar the Last Air Bender. Has been my favorite show since I was a kid.
What would be the most surprising scientific discovery imaginable?
- That we live in a simulation!
Do you have any hidden talents?
- I have a double-jointed thumb.