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 team deliver features to our customers predictably and with high quality.
How long have you worked at BitSight? 5.5 years
What is your background? How did you get into engineering? I received a BS CS WPI and a MS CS Northeastern. I have spent the last 11 years teaching as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Computer Science at Northeastern. I also was the coach for the cyber defense team at Northeastern for 10 years, for more information see my blog post. Ever since middle school I knew what I was going to do, I was going to write software.
What challenges you the most at BitSight? BitSight delivers features for a large customer base, across 3 offices, and 60 engineers. It is a challenge to do this quickly in a complex environment while maintaining a high level of quality. I also enjoy thinking about how we do work, and how we can continuously improve our processes, tech, and communication.
What is your biggest accomplishment at BitSight? I built the research team from 0 to 40 people in 2 locations, meeting 100% business goals for 5 years. I built the engineering co-op pipeline which has hired 15+ people over that same time.
What advice do you have for someone first getting into this field? Spend the time and energy to find a good fit for your summer internships/co-op. A co-op with a great mentor and organization 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? IP attorney
What is an interesting fun fact about you?
I met my wife in a very chance encounter. I took a vacation day from work midweek and went skiing at Wachusett mountain with a friend. While skiing I lost him, I believe he fell and I didn't notice (I'm clearly a good friend). I ended up getting into the singles line to take the quad lift 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 17 years, happily married for 13 years with two wonderful children.
What do you like to do for fun? I love to travel with my family, and my sons are great travelers!
What is your dream destination and what do you want to do there? I would like to rent a chalet in Switzerland and use it as a jumping off point to visit most of western Europe via train.
A few months back we added a new feature to the heart of our security ratings portal: the ability for users to not only filter companies in their portfolios, but also to see real-time updated counts of how many "filtered" companies match...
Due to security, reliability, and growth reasons, organizations are constantly upgrading their software to newer releases. Some upgrades are incremental and minor in nature. Others, like the upgrade from Django Rest Framework (DRF) V2 to...