Thomas Owens

My name is Thomas Owens.

I’m originally from Rome, New York. I lived there until 2006, when I started at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering with minors in Management and Communication in May 2011.

After graduation, I moved to Nashua, New Hampshire, and then to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to work as a software engineer at UTC Aerospace Systems (now Collins Aerospace) in Westford, Massachusetts. 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 in continuous improvement projects at different levels of the organization.

In June 2016, I joined DrugDev (now IQVIA) as a software engineer. I worked on the design, development, and test of the DrugDev Spark Trial Management Portal (now the Investigator Site Portal) for clinical trial management. I served as a Scrum Master for a team of developers, testers, user experience designers, and product managers. In August 2018, I began to support the program management team with software process improvement initiatives. I officially moved into a process improvement role in June 2019. Today, I work with multiple teams supporting various 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 professionalism – how software engineers obtain and maintain skills needed in a professional context and make the best decisions for the stakeholders. 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 also participate in various other 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 from 5k to the half marathon in distance. I’m also a hobbyist photographer, and I tend to enjoy not only taking photos of cityscapes and landscapes. I’m also a casual gamer, enjoying card and board games as well as some PC games.