Meet Abrahan Chavez, a software developer at FrogSlayer who joined our team just last December. Abrahan hails from Tamazula de Gordiano (Mexico) and immigrated with his family to Houston, TX where he attended Pasadena Memorial High School. Texas A&M University (TAMU) attracted Abrahan to College Station to pursue his Industrial and Systems Engineering Degree. Abrahan recently graduated from TAMU with his Bachelor’s degree this past May.
What led you to software development?
I’ve enjoyed fiddling with technology since I was a kid – jailbreaking my classmates iPhone’s in high school, messing with video editing software to make funny videos, and geek-ing out over computers growing up, were all part of the norm for me.
I had an interest in programming (sparked by my freshman basic engineering programming classes) so I decided to take a C++ and VBA class. I was later hired at a local company for a part time job teaching kids programming and robotics where I was allowed to use my creativity to explore robotics and create programs in Minecraft. I later got hired by Johnson & Johnson to participate in a co-op where one of the managers saw I was capable of creating an application to solve an issue they were having. I was then assigned to create an application in .Net within one month. This project and the managers that pushed for it to happen helped me grow professionally and helped me understand what I wanted to do with my life. I then started taking courses online over current software technologies to learn as much as possible about software development.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy playing instruments, I recently bought a Ukulele and it’s probably been the most fun instrument to play. I like to work on DIY projects around the house as well and I have been planning on paving our patio and will attempt to build a pergola. Most days I like to watch tech conferences and read books from our better book club list.
What’s your favorite part of being a developer?
I really enjoy working on the user interface. It’s great to create applications that fulfills a need and functions how one would like it to. It’s like playing an instrument or writing. It’s a form of creative expression in my eyes.
Where do you see the world of technology in 10 years?
Elon Musk builds a hyper loop from New York to Los Angeles, a new iPhone XX comes out, and VR becomes a bigger medium of entertainment.
With a family and being a recent graduate from Texas A&M, Abrahan is thankful to work for a company that allows him to grow while working around his busy schedule. “The company culture is great and is initially why I was so attracted to FrogSlayer. There is an emphasis on being open, friendly and helpful to one another. I especially like the developer conference training opportunities! Most of all, I am thankful to FrogSlayer for allowing me to learn and grow professionally and as an individual in such a short time.”