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 as a software engineer. I worked on the design, development, and test of the DrugDev Spark Trial Management 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 analyst role in June 2019.
Professionally, my interests lie in software development methods and practices. My primary interest is in enabling software development organizations to be highly 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.
Outside of work, I’m a runner and have completed many races, from 5k to half marathon. 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.