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I graduated from Washington State University in Computer Science (undergrad + masters). I've spent over 10 years in software development for a National Laboratory, a startup engineering company, and a nuclear processing plant. This has provided me with a diverse set of experiences and skills. I have worked extensively with C++ (w/ MFC, STL, & Boost), C#, Python, and Qt. I'm also comfortable with VB.Net, and HTML/XML, as well as tools like Visual Studio, JIRA, and Subversion. I have a strong background in mathematics & graphics and have delved into graph & network theory, information visualization, data analytics, SCADA/HMIs, and artificial intelligence.

Also, I'm not quite as old as I look.

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Sep
19
comment Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
@GlenH7 It was difficult to choose an "Accepted Answer" as so many people posted useful (and opposing) opinions on the matter. But I selected yours because of the effort you put into being thorough in your post and responsive in the comments. Thanks
Sep
19
comment Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
@psr I appreciate your dissenting view, and your point about potential discrimination issues is worth noting. (It has prompted me to submit this question to my HR department prior to my next interview.) But, personally, I agree with the other commenters here: if I'm not allowed to ask about anything the candidate didn't volunteer, I might as well pick a resume at random.
Sep
19
comment Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
@MikeS I appreciate your effort to voice the dissenting opinion, but I'm afraid you haven't convinced me. School is a place for learning too, but that doesn't mean I'm not interested in the candidate's GPA (another flawed metric, but still useful). You said it yourself, "As long as you've put in some effort to solve questions on your own, you shouldn't feel self-conscious about prospective employers reading them." As a prospective employer, I expect you to be asking questions; how else do you learn? And there's no better place to ask them than here.
Sep
19
comment Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
@jwenting, as the op, I am definitely NOT interested in using rep to guage candidates (although I can see why you might think so) as I agree that it would be a flawed metric. Rather, I am interested in seeing the candidate's history. How helpful, thoughtful, insightful, and educated they are; How well they communicate; how they have developed over time. If their history on the SO/SE sites extends more than a year or two, it would be very hard to "fake" those things or game the system.
Sep
19
comment Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner: While I agree with your opinion, your answer didn't really address my question. I'm not asking whether it is a good strategy but whether it is culturally/socially appropriate. You answered in the affirmative, but didn't say why. Thanks for your thoughts though.
Sep
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Sep
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comment Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
While I can appreciate how a candidate might be self-conscious about a potential employer seeing their history of questions, as the interviewer I don't really care about their "dumb questions" (I have asked plenty myself). I'd be a little more concerned about their dumb answers. But mostly I'd just like to see how their development has evolved. (But of course, there's no way the candidate can know my motivations, so your concern is valid.)
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asked Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
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comment What to do if the task is too difficult ? Internship/SummerTraining
Well, it's been two months. I'd sure love to hear how it all turned out. Can you give us the debrief?
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revised dogfooding wiki description
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answered Getting started with object detection - Image segmentation algorithm
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