My name is Thomas Owens.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering with minors in Management and Communication from the Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2011. I was inducted into the RIT link of the Order of the Engineer. Prior to graduation, I completed co-ops and internships at ITT Corporation, Goodrich Corporation (later UTC Aerospace Systems and now Collins Aerospace), and the Air Force Research Laboratory‘s Information Directorate.
After graduation, my first full-time employment as a software engineer was at UTC Aerospace Systems (now Collins Aerospace). I participated in the complete software development life cycle, from requirements engineering through deployment and maintenance. I also served on the Engineering Process Group and worked on continuous improvement projects at different levels within the organization.
In June 2016, I joined DrugDev (now IQVIA) as a software engineer. I participated in the design, development, and testing of the DrugDev Spark Trial Management Portal (now the Investigator Site Portal). I also served as a Scrum Master for one of the development teams. In August 2018, I started to support the program management team with various software process improvement initiatives. I officially moved into a program management and process improvement role in June 2019. Today, I work with teams supporting various commercial products across the Trial Design and Site Engagement organization.
Professionally, my interests lie in software development methods and practices. My primary interest is in enabling software development organizations to be effective. I’m also interested in software engineering ethics and professionalism. I am a current member of the IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Professional Communication Society, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, ACM, ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering, ACM Special Interest Group on Computers & Society, and ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.
I was elected to serve as a community moderator on the Software Engineering Stack Exchange in February 2012 and the Project Management Stack Exchange in August 2021. I participate in various communities, message boards, and Slack workspaces related to software engineering, agile software development, project management, and product management.
Outside of work, I’m a runner and have completed races ranging from 5k to half marathon. I’m also a hobbyist photographer, and I enjoy taking photos of cityscapes and landscapes. I’m also a casual gamer, enjoying card and board games as well as some PC games.