Meet Martin Whitman, Our Newest Back-End Developer!


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.

My Background

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.

Martin Whitman
Martin Whitman

A former Biologist, Martin swapped his lab coat for a life with code. His extensive back-end development knowledge adds a depth of expertise and knowledge to our development team.