Writing code for Eric began as a fun thing to do. Once that new hobby turned habit, he decided to take the idea more seriously and make a career out of web development. What he loves most about the work is taking a large idea full of unknowns and breaking it up to manageable pieces. As a web developer at TEECOMlabs, he works closely with the R&D software engineers to produce internal tools that improve various processes. Whenever there’s a problem to solve, he likes sharing ideas and comparing approaches with his team to find the best solution.
Eric studied at a conservatory to be a professional musician playing the double bass, but fell in love with the viola da gamba, Italian for “viol for the leg.” It’s a historical instrument that reached its height in popularity during the Baroque era, later to be replaced by other string instruments, and now has been making a comeback. The viola da gamba is like a cello and guitar hybrid, as Eric explains it. It is played with a bow, has six strings and frets like a guitar, and is positioned in between the knees. Eric has played in almost every city he has lived in including Oakland, Philadelphia, New Haven, CT, New York, and Vienna.
Eric is a huge fan of Go, the abstract strategy game dating back centuries to East Asia. He finds the game to be meaningful, meditative and philosophically rich. When he briefly lived in Istanbul after grad school, he was able to find a popular Go club and play with other enthusiasts. Although there are few rules, making it relatively easy to learn, it’s very difficult to become a skilled player. Through machine learning, computers have been programmed to learn smarter, strategic moves and in 2016, the most skilled computer at playing this game, AlphaGo, beat the most skilled human.
Another love of Eric’s is history, primarily that of 17th through 20th century Europe. Reading up on diplomatic and international history, he likes imagining what life was like back then and devising alternative outcomes to major historical moments. Not only does he question what forces of history were at play at the time, but he also deciphers how those relate to contemporary politics.