“Meeting…” is an ongoing series from NYT Open that features New York Times employees from different corners of the company. In this installment, we meet Megan Araula, a lead software engineer with the Delivery Engineering Team.
What is your name?
What are your pronouns?
What is your job?
Lead software engineer
What does that mean?
I’m part of the Delivery Engineering Team and we build and maintain developer tools for The Times. I get to work and collaborate with awesome people across missions.
How long have you been at The Times?
Most Times employees are working remotely right now. Where are you working from these days?
Kips Bay in New York City
How do you start your day?
I start with a cup of coffee and I talk to my plants.
What is something you’ve worked on recently?
I’m currently working on a Disaster Recovery solution for our CDN (Fastly).
Tell us about a project you’ve worked on at The Times that you’re especially proud of.
In my second year at The Times, we decided to build the Times Trending page as our Maker Week [a meeting-free innovation week that The Times annually holds for employees] project. We presented it and won the innovation challenge. Then a few months later, it became a real product and we deployed it to production. It was surreal. It was the first application that I built from the ground up for The New York Times.
What was your first job?
I worked as a server in my high school cafeteria.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
English is my second language. I moved to the United States 13 years ago from the Philippines. I was taught English at a young age, but I never used it on a daily basis. When I moved to the United States, my English was pretty bad because learning it formally at school and casually speaking it are totally different. When I tell people this, they are surprised; I guess I’ve gotten better through the years.
What is your secret to career success?
I have a great support system. I don’t think I would have made it this far if I didn’t have good people around me.
Name one thing you’re excited about right now.
I’m not a runner. A week after shelter-in-place in New York was announced, I needed a reason to get out of the apartment, so I started running. It’s amazing what the body can do when you train it. I just ran a 10k over the weekend at a 9 minute per mile pace. I still can’t believe it.
What is your best advice for someone starting to work in your field?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, most people are willing to teach and help.
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Source: New York Times