We're excited to introduce another new team member to Forerunner. This month, Sam Lopes has joined us as a Senior Software Engineer! He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a very well-organized book shelf. Read on to learn a bit about him.
I'm located in Chicago's River North, a couple of blocks from The Loop. I've tried more than once to leave Chicago for warmer climates (similar to those of my childhood) but a variety of things keep on bringing me back here.
With the onset of the COVID pandemic and other forms of social unrest in both the US and abroad, I started wondering if there wasn't somewhere I could use my skills to more directly have a positive impact in individuals' lives. Forerunner's mission and stated goals, alongside the technical challenges that plague the climate change space, felt like a good fit for me.
I'm curious to learn more about how governmental agencies and local communities handle large-scale existential threats like flooding, fires, and hurricanes. Furthermore, because of the nature of Forerunner's work, I'm looking forward to learning about the technical challenges involved in handling a large amount of potentially incomplete, inaccurate, or otherwise messy datasets, alongside all the complications that come with appropriately handling and manipulating geospatial data. Finally, Forerunner has a lot of interesting problems that might require some variation of machine learning models to solve, and I'm excited to start delving into that space as well.
My spare time is equally divided into reading books, building (but not glueing together) Lego sets, and working on coding golf challenges (such as Advent of Code).
This is a rough one, as there are at least two that I'd say were absolute show-stoppers - The Rings Of Saturn and One Hundred Years of Solitude. If you'd like to try a book written in Portuguese, I'd recommend Welcome To Copacabana & Outras Histórias.
The board game Monopoly was invented in 1904 by Lizzy Magie with the intent of educating people about Georgism. It was originally titled The Landlord's Game.