Sean Kooyman

Senior Software Engineer

In 8th grade, I was first exposed to programming a computer via commanding a turtle to draw various shapes on screen. Something clicked in that class, and I haven't stopped programming since - I earned a BS in Computer Science from college in 2011, and have been working in the industry ever since.

My main responsibility is to solve client's problems. I primarily do this through writing production-ready, robust code - iterating with the stakeholders until the solution is exactly what is needed. I'm particularly skilled with backend languages, SQL, rapid prototyping, and cybersecurity.

I married my best friend in 2013, and since then our family has expanded to include two crazy little girls and a couple playful pups.

Do you deserve a geek badge? Why or why not?

People keep changing the meaning of words, I don't even know what "geek" means anymore.

What’s your favorite bumper sticker?

[In small text] Are you following Jesus this closely?

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

I'd still be working - just on things that don't make much money. My attention would go to my historical research, writing, and teaching.

What do you miss most about being a child?

When I was a kid, I could pay no heed to what I ate each day - my body would handle it fine. Nowadays my body is quick to remind me that is no longer the case.

What do you like most about your job? What do you like least?

Most: The Values/Vision/Purpose of the company, and how those are reflected in the work we do.

Least: While working remote is great, sometimes I lament the lack of in-person banter / poking fun that you get in a face-to-face environment.

What’s one of your favorite websites?

Geocities. So many random treasures I've found on Geocities, I still browse an archive I've downloaded from time to time.

Beyond that, https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/ and https://www.ccel.org/fathers

What’s your favorite quote?

There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.
- A plaque Ronald Reagan kept on his desk

There is one taste of paradise on earth, which is to fight in a losing battle, and then not lose.
- G. K. Chesterton

What's your favorite book?

Leaf by Niggle, by J. R. R. Tolkien

What’s your goal in life?

To hear the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant..." rather than the words "Really, that was the best you could do?"