Tell us a little bit about what your role is on the Spectrum project.
My role on the Spectrum project is to develop the training and support documents for both the Spectrum CE System as well as GeneMarker® HID Software for Spectrum. My goal is to provide the appropriate materials to our sales team, technical support team, and, of course, our customers to ensure they are comfortable and confident in their use of the system.
What are you most excited about working on for Spectrum?
What's not be excited about?! We're introducing a new CE system to the market… and it has a plate drawer!! Seriously though, every piece of the Spectrum project has involved working with various team members across the organization. I work with a talented group of people who love what they do. That in and of itself is exciting and inspiring. I've really enjoyed being a part of the Spectrum Control Software development team. We've worked hard to make a software that's intuitive and user-friendly, and I'm really excited to start showing it off to our customers!
What's the best thing about your job?
The best part of my job is my interactions with our customers. I've been in the forensic community for over a decade, first as analyst, and now in Promega's Genetic Identity team. There is no other community I'd rather be a part of, and I'm so lucky my role at Promega has allowed me to continue to be a part of it. Part of my job as a member of the Technical Support and Training team is to teach customers how to use our products, but many cases I also learn from our customers. Sometimes it's fitting a product into a particular workflow in a new way and sometimes it's going on a research mission to answer a not-so typical question.
Where would you like to travel that you have never been?
This one's a tough one for me because there are so many places I haven't been to yet. I've been lucky to cross several off my list, but so many more remain. Australia—I have family there that always come to us; I need to reciprocate! Glacier National Park—before the glaciers are gone. Alaska—in the summer (been there in the winter… similar to home, but with mountains and even fewer hours of daylight). I could go on, and on. I'll need to work on that super power (see below) to make all of it happen.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
I would love to be able to apparate. There are too many places I'd like to go to (see above) and so many hours lost to lines, transit, etc. Of course, I'd have to hide that power from my employer lest they take advantage of it and increase my time away from home.
What is your favorite sport to watch?
Football… more specifically, college football… precisely, the University of Wisconsin—go Badgers!