Alumni in 5 Spotlights
Jeff Yin '08
Computer Science, Mathematics
Senior Director of Software Engineering at Motorcity Systems
1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
I graduated with a degree that allowed me to teach middle school and high school computers, software development, and math. My plan was to get some real-world experience as a software developer and then get back into secondary education. I'm now 13+ years into a career in software engineering and still having a blast. Since graduating I've held several roles in software development, ranging from support to developer to scrum master and several forms of leadership along the way. Today I work in a startup which allows me to use all of the skills and experiences I've accumulated along the way, but I make a point to use the skills I acquired as an aspiring teacher to ensure I'm constantly building up the people around me.
2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
Hall hockey in Pew (sorry about all the noise everyone), all the intramural sports, Relay for Life, and traveling down to Alabama to watch Grand Valley win a national championship were all such incredible memories. It's so hard to choose just one.
3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
If you're the smartest person in the room, it's time to find another room.
4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand
Exciting, challenging, fun
5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
I want to make everyone around me better, regardless of the context