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Our Advice for You
We want the people who join Kitware to be successful, so we asked some of the people who "have gone before" for their advice for someone who is just starting out. For a bit more context on their advice, click "read more" to see their complete profiles.

Sebastien Barre
Whether you are at Kitware or not, keep an open mind and an eye on new opportunities. If they align with what you are interested in moving toward, take the chance to make your case to managementó you donít have much to lose.   Read more...

Roni Choudhury
Roles at Kitware place a lot of responsibility on the engineers for coming up with radical ideas to solve problems. Being able to generate lots of ideas, test them quickly for feasibility, and then focus on the likely candidate is an important skill here. The way to practice this skill is being in a habit of thinking about problems and how to solve them; learning new tricks, programming languages, etc.; and reading whatever seems interesting to you. Then, youíll be equipped to solve a diverse array of problems quickly, as they come up.   Read more...

Marcus Hanwell
Keep learning; moving from a role in scientific research to one in scientific programming can be quite a leap. I taught myself most of the programming and learned a great deal in contributing to open-source projects. Such projects offer great opportunities to learn, to work with highly-motivated people, and to build a portfolio of code you have developed. I think we need more people from a scientific background who can develop high-quality code. It isnít getting any easier to develop code for supercomputers, and software frameworks require more thought than applications. It is challenging, but also very rewarding work, to be a part of accelerating progress in scientific research.   Read more...

Lai-Yee Burnham
My advice is: Try. I wasn't quite sure I'd be a good fit for Kitware requirements-wise when I first applied, but I knew I really wanted to work at a company like Kitware and was eager to learn.   Read more...

Ken Martin
Donít focus on blame; focus on how to improve.   Read more...

Charles Law
Focus on growing your user base.   Read more...