Patrick Pale

Software Consultant & Developer, Ann Arbor

Patrick Pale

I took my first programming class in high school for the same reason everyone did: a friend told me that’s how they made video games. After the disappointment of how difficult that was for a 15-year-old in his first computer science class wore off, the excitement of simply getting a computer to do what I told it to do grew.

It was easy after that to choose to pursue Computer Science in college, first for four semesters at Oakland University, then for five more at Michigan State, where I ended up finishing with my B.S. in Computer Science in 2017.

While in school, I worked two notable internships: one in business intelligence analysis, the other information in security analysis. These involved collecting and organizing huge amounts of data, and helped inform business and infosec decisions. Those experiences fostered a great interest in data analytics and steered my attention away from software development.

But in my last semester for my Capstone course, I worked on a team to develop a campus mobile app for Michigan State. Our project was so successful that we got to pass it on to MSU for them to continue to develop after we graduated. The fun and pride in this success led me to expand my post-school job search to include software development positions, which ultimately led me to applying to and getting hired as part of Cell Beta in the Accelerator program here at Atomic Object, where I’m excited to continue learning, and start contributing.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing and watching soccer and rugby, playing video games, trying new beers, camping and hiking, and binge-watching television shows.

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