“The foundation of [Anvl’s] application was built with the intention to keep frontline workers first. This has been challenging but ultimately pushed us to create a well-designed and functional application that lets users have a seamless experience whether they have accessibility to the internet or not.”
Tell me a little more about what you do in your role as a software engineer at Anvl.
Being a software engineer at Anvl entails making mockups come to life through new features within the platform that will be utilized by our clientele. Engineers are also responsible for the maintenance and health of our overall system. We are diligent about trying to find and resolve errors before it impacts the end users’ experience.
What inspires you about your daily work?
The opportunity to help implement and create a product that can be leveraged to keep people safe brings me joy and satisfaction with what we’re creating here at Anvl.
What would you say is the most rewarding part of your role?
The ability of the Anvl team to collectively integrate newer technologies into our product. This helps us be able to deliver our products to a broader user base.
What do you think sets Anvl apart? What makes Anvl unique?
The foundation of our application was built with the intention to keep frontline workers first. This has been challenging but ultimately pushed us to create a well-designed and functional application that lets users have a seamless experience whether they have accessibility to the internet or not.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I never wanted to go to college and the last thing I wanted to do was teach. Ironically, I spent seven fruitful years at Purdue and taught as a TA for two of them.
What accomplishment, personal and/or professional are you most proud of?
Creating a 3D motion capture system with the Microsoft Kinect. It required me to integrate my studies with my passion as a software engineer and lead to some awesome experiences.
What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
One can find me competing in sports whether it be on land or on water. I enjoy competition, camaraderie, and socialization that is innately found within sports.
During your time at Anvl, what is the most important thing you have learned?
Working remotely comes with its own challenges but nothing good communication, creativity, and being adaptable can’t overcome.
What is one thing that has surprised you about working for Anvl?
The thing that surprised me most was how new the technology was and the rate at which we implement it. In a previous life, what we have done at Anvl took over a year’s worth of planning and implementing to be accomplished.
Who do you look to as a role model/mentor and why?
Personally, my father and grandparents have been and are my role models. They both have made me a better person and lead by example. These individuals had an impactful part of who I am and who I strive to be.
Professionally, the team here at Anvl is my mentor as a whole. Each individual has their strengths and past experiences that can be drawn on to help guide me and the team here at Anvl.
What Sam’s coworkers have to say about him:
“Sam brings an excellent attention to detail for the team. I appreciate the times I get to talk through an issue I am troubleshooting, as he is eager to help, and does a great job at listening. He has been a game changer for the quality of our software running on the various browsers. It would not be running this well without him.”
“Sam effectively makes his mark at Anvl. He pays attention to detail and asks questions to be sure he is getting to the heart of the solution. I admire how Sam balances work and life outside of work – it was very clear after just a couple times talking to him that he’s a great dad and his son means the world to him.”
“Sam is a hard worker that is not afraid to get creative in addressing obstacles.”
“Sam has a gigantic appetite for learning, and when combined with his “never say die” attitude, he is able to accomplish huge things for Anvl. His unassailable enthusiasm keeps everyone going!”