- The Craftsman
Tyler is a Craftsman in his approach to his work, his hobbies, and his love for helping others. A natural troubleshooter, Tyler enjoys finding the most innovative, efficient and logical solutions to any problem. He loves building both with a computer and his hands; whether it be an app or a cabinet, Tyler seeks to understand the mechanics and functionality of the world around him, all in an effort to make life easier for others. He is spontaneous, independent, and practical, and applies these qualities to his work. As a programmer, Tyler feels he is “building puzzle pieces,” and loves the freedom and creativity this process allows.
Tyler grew up in the rural town of Hartville, Ohio, and enjoyed the peaceful lifestyle it invited; summers were spent riding his bike (wherever, whenever), and learning carpentry skills from his dad. An avid learner, Tyler loved developing new skills from a young age, ranging from soccer and track to the bellaphone. He continues to live an active lifestyle, even now that he’s living the “city” life; his current hobbies include biking on the Towpath trail, exploring parks and climbing buildings on campus to find the best views of Akron. As a passionate programmer, he enjoys delving deep into the world of computer science in his free time, as well; most recently, he built a custom budgeting app to manage his personal finances - just for fun!
Tyler used to dream of being a MythBuster one day because, in his words, “they just get to build stuff all day.” Fortunately, he found a real-life application of his love for creativity, technology and problem-solving; though he has at one point majored in every type of engineering out there, Tyler found a true calling in Computer Sciences, and graduates from the University of Akron in May, 2016.
Tyler is currently a Web Developer at ipsoCreative.
UI Development: HTML, CSS
Database: MYSQL, MS SQL
Proficient in programming open source platforms such as Wordpress.
Q&A with Tyler
What's the best part of your story so far?
In high school, I was around the same people I had been with my life. It was much easier to be introverted there. After high school, my friends moved to different states; I was one of the only ones who went to Akron. Knowing I didn’t love talking to strangers, I was nervous to start at the University of Akron, where I’d only be meeting new people. But one day, I decided to go with a friend to a meeting for a UA community called Campus Focus. The experiences I’ve had there have completely changed how I interact with people. And it’s also where I met my fiancée!
What organization or company inspires you and why?
The HoloLens, an augmented reality system, developed by Microsoft. It uses a small screen positioned close to your eyes to cover your field of vision as well as cameras and 3D sensors which allows the system to place images/objects as 'holograms' that you can interact with in the world you see. This doesn't inspire me in a life influencing way but its a really neat thing that just shows how amazing technology can be and how it can bring things we never thought possible that much closer to reality.
What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?
I play the drums on three different church worship teams. My youth pastor taught me the basics after the team that played for youth group at that time graduated and left. I can’t read music but I can listen and pick stuff up, I just listen and pat along on my legs and go from there.
What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?
I want to help people - to make things easier for people. When I look at websites and programs, I’m always thinking how they could be built differently so as to be better or easier for use.
What are you doing when you feel most like you?
Hm. I feel like I don’t do things that aren’t myself. But I’d say I feel especially myself when I’m doing things with my hands: creating, problem-solving, visualizing something.
In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?
Being in movies- not for the sake of being famous, but because it just looks fun. I’d freak out if I could be in Star Wars. I’m tempted to show up and just ask, “Can I be an extra storm trooper?
What aspect of ipso's culture resonates with you the most?
The community - everyone talks and hang out and people seem genuinely interested in each other’s lives. I’ve mostly worked at small companies, but it’s very different atmosphere here. When I was at those other companies, we’d go out to dinner, for example, but it was never personal. You can just tell that people are interested in you here, and it’s not just for their own entertainment. It’s home-y and welcoming, and has a family-vibe.
What does flourishing mean to you?
To be where you’re supposed to be; where your interests collide with your abilities.