Zach Stockmal – Class of 2016

What was your senior project about?

My senior project, URBN Explore, was about experimenting with new technologies and seeing what kind of impact they could have on making life better for people. My team utilized the Estimote beacons and their corresponding API to develop and iOS app that would find a user’s location within the URBN center and help direct them to the rooms they needed to get to.

What was an unexpected requirement for your job?

An unexpected requirement of my job was tackling older languages within old projects to update them to work within in our current framework. I feel at Drexel we always like to work with what’s new and best, so it was a unique challenge for me to adapt to older languages and programs that aren’t used anymore. However, with a solid understanding of coding you can tackle any language you come across, new or old. I will never underestimate the value of that.

What is your favorite quote? Why?

My favorite quote comes from @fortes on Twitter, “Debugging is like being the detective in a crime movie where you are also the murderer.” While this quote is humorous, I think it reflects what I love the most about programming. You have so much control over building interesting solutions to real-world problems when you are a programmer, that it gives you a lot of power. That power takes a lot of responsibility to not end up leaving yourself in a crime scene of your own code.