Want to know what it’s like to be an engineer at BitSight? Check out this Q&A with a member of our engineering team to learn about his role as an engineering director, his experience, and more.
Name: Kevin Amorin
Job Title: Engineering Director
Location: Cambridge, MA
What do you do at BitSight?
I help the engineering department deliver features to our customers predictably with high quality. I spend time on technical initiatives which span multiple teams, helping us deliver using consistent technologies and processes.
How long have you worked at BitSight?
What is your background? How did you get into engineering?
BS CS WPI, MS CS Northeastern. Adjunct Faculty College of Computer Science for the last 10 years. I have been the coach for the cyber defense team at NU for the last 10 years also, for more info see here. I have passion for computer science and using software to solve hard problems.
What challenges you the most at BitSight?
Shipping new features quickly while maintaining a high level of quality. Delivering features for a larger customer base, across 3 locations and 50 engineers. I enjoy the challenge of thinking about how we do work, and how we can continuously improve our processes, tech, and communication.
What is your biggest accomplishment at BitSight?
Built the research team from 0 to 40 people in 2 locations, meeting 100% growth entity goals for 4.5 years. Built engineering co-op pipeline which has hired 15+ people over 4.5 years.
What advice do you have for someone first getting into this field?
Spend time and energy to find a good fit for summer internship/co-ops. A good co-op can shape your career.
What are some other companies you admire from an engineering perspective?
Google and Spotify
If you weren’t an engineer, what would you want to be?
I met my wife on a very chance event. I took a vacation day from work midweek and went skiing at Wachusett mountain with a friend. While skiing I lost him for a bit, I believe he fell and I didn't notice (I'm clearly a good friend). I got in the singles line to take the quad life back up, and sat down next to a beautiful woman. I thought of how to strike up a conversation for most of the lift and finally asked her "do you have the time?". The rest is history and we have been together for 16 years, happily married for 12 years with two wonderful children.
What do you like to do for fun?
Travel with the family
What is your dream destination and what do you want to do there?
2 months in Switzerland with the family. Use it as a jump off spot to most of western Europe via train.