Alexander Collins

Software Engineer
Computer Science Graduate

Constantly improveDisciplined perfectionism

About

A (currently) UK-based software engineer enjoys low-level programming, learning new things and staying awake at night solving problems. I got into programming thinking it's something I'd enjoy as a career; jokes on me - it became a hobby too.

History

During a year-out between college and university, I taught myself to program in C. After enjoying it so much I went on to study on a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Computer Science at the University of the West of England (3/4 year sandwich course).

In my 3yr at University I joined Intel for a 14-month internship. Here I was introduced to the world of IoT. This was a great experience, it introduced me to working on hardware and working on solutions all the way up to an end-user interface (web, android, etc). With a background in C, I naturally gravitated toward low-level software development and while able & willing work web-dev, I find it challenging.

In the middle of my final year at university I started work at a series-A startup company: AppSecTest, where I contribute write software for our solution to providing static analysis for security, legal and privacy compliance issues in Android applications (less boring than it sounds).

Ethos

Since graduating in Computer Science, I've found myself with enough free time and energy to spend on personal projects. These projects aren't limited to technology, but are really anything that I want to sink time into and result in something I'm happy with. I'm always using them to learn something new or take my own spin on something done before; they vary from small hobby-projects to absolute time-vampires. I've found these projects are really good for catharsis and keeping my personal growth & passions from stagnating.

Outside of software development and other projects, I love going to music gigs & festivals, metal gigs are certainly the most fun, but I enjoy all sorts. Being a melennial based in Bristol (UK) for several years, I've found I enjoy craft-beer and visiting breweries. I grew up in forest-town and really enjoy wandering around woods, exploring new places and hiking. Gaming is how I wind-down when I get a minute, I've been a big PC gamer since I was young and getting old games to run is one of the things got me into technology in the first place.

Contact

If you want to get in touch, please do: alexander-collins@outlook.com