My name is Martin Whitman and I’m excited to join the Blue Compass team as a Back-End Developer. I look forward to using my back-end development knowledge to do what I’m passionate about and joining a company with a fun, engaging atmosphere.
I attended the University of Iowa and obtained a degree in Biochemistry. While a student, I worked in labs in Iowa City and after graduating worked in technical support at a company in Coralville, IA. After that, I found myself on the coast for a few years in Seattle where I was working in a lab, but I knew I wanted to make it back to Des Moines. After years of working in labs, I was ready to make a career change and follow my passion for becoming a developer. After coming back to Des Moines, I began teaching myself to code and enrolled in development classes through Des Moines Area Community College to further expand my knowledge and skills. When I found out about this opening, I knew it was the perfect opportunity for me.
Get to Know Me Better
I’m a Des Moines, Iowa native and attended Roosevelt High School. After living in a few different places, I’m happy to be back in the place I call home. In my free time, I enjoy listening to classical music and I plan on going to the opera a few times this summer. I also like reading nonfiction books about history and Europe and going to the gym. I’ve been playing the piano since I was about five years old and do that often as well. I also regularly attend St. George Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy animated shows like Futurama and Archer.
A fun fact about me is that I speak three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese)! I became fluent in Spanish in college when I studied abroad in Seville, Spain for a semester which was a life-changing experience. Studying abroad in Spain allowed me to better understand and engage with the language and culture. I also learned Portuguese while taking classes in college.
Joining the Blue Compass Team
I’m excited to join the Blue Compass team to use my development knowledge and follow my passion.