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GrizzTech Talks

22 EpisodesProduced by The Team at GrizzHacksWebsite

In every episode, we’ll be spending about 20 minutes with an alum, maker, engineer or prominent individual in the workforce. They’ll share their insights and advice from their career path in order to help you navigate your future.

22 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

An Interview with Dan McCurdy, Senior Director of Technical Program Management (AR/VR) at Facebook

April 9th, 2021


Dan McCurdy is a Senior Director of Technical Program Management (in AR/VR) at Facebook. Dan graduated from Oakland University in 1991 with a degree in Finance, and shortly after joined Ameritech (which is now …

An Interview with Jacklyn Biggin, Senior Developer at Royal Bank of Canada & MLH Coach

March 26th, 2021


Jacklyn Biggin is a Senior Developer at the Royal Bank of Canada. Jacklyn studied Digital Media at the University of Leeds in the UK, and in March of 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic she founded and was the …

An Interview with Tom Shea, CEO of OneStream Software

March 19th, 2021


Tom Shea graduated from Oakland University in 1991 with degrees in Accounting and Finance, and he brought his business acumen with him as he …

An Interview with Minn Kim, Principal at Bloomberg Beta

March 12th, 2021


Minn graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Economics and Psychology. She is a former New Yorker turned San Francisco-based investor at …

An Interview with Amanda Fischer, Product Manager at Ford

January 15th, 2021


Amanda Fischer is an early career professional at Ford Motor Company. She graduated from Oakland University in 2016 with a degree in IT and entered the rotational program at Ford. During the rotational program, Amanda …

An Interview with Andrea Koenigsknecht, Cybersecurity Analyst at CyberForce|Q

December 18th, 2020


Andrea Koenigsknecht is a graduate of Oakland University and currently works as a cybersecurity analyst in the Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center (MI|HSOC) at CyberForce|Q. Her team works to provide …

An Interview with Cassidy Williams, Principal Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify

November 13th, 2020


Cassidy is a Principal Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify. She's worked for several other places, including CodePen, Amazon, and Venmo, and she's had the honor of working with various non-profits, including cKeys …

An Interview with Jarek Wojciechowski, Software Consultant & Developer at Atomic Object

October 30th, 2020


Jarek Wojciechowsk is a Software Consultant & Developer at Atomic Object. Jarek studied computer science at Oakland University, and during his …

An Interview with Joe Karlsson, Developer Advocate at MongoDB

October 16th, 2020


Joe Karlsson is a Software Engineer and Developer Advocate at MongoDB. Joe studied computer science in college and graduated in 2012. He worked in …

An Interview with Benjamin Maxim, Asst. VP of Digital Strategy & Innovation at MSU Federal Credit Union

September 25th, 2020


Benjamin Maxim is the Assistant Vice President of Digital Strategy and Innovation at MSU Federal Credit Union. Ben graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Telecommunications at Michigan State University in 2007. Now, he …

An Interview with Tony Hamama, R&D People Operations Lead at Dynatrace

September 18th, 2020


Tony Hamama is the R&D People Operations Lead for the Detroit Lab at Dynatrace. He helps Dynatrace with building the best engineering teams and …

An Interview with DJ Bridges, University Relations Manager at Rock Central

September 11th, 2020


DJ Bridges is a graduate of Denison University, with a BA in Economics. DJ currently serves as a  University Relations Manager at Rock Central. He has been with the company for over 6 years, and has participated in a …

An Interview with Sathish Muthukrishnan, Chief Information, Data, and Digital Officer at Ally

September 4th, 2020


Sathish Muthukrishnan is a graduate of the University of Madras, and has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years. After starting his …

An Interview with Harpreet Kaur, Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft

August 28th, 2020


Harpreet Kaur is a first generation senior technical product manager at Microsoft. She has a proven track record of leading business and digital transformations, managing teams, and shipping high quality products. She …

An Interview with Garlin Gilchrist, Lieutenant Governor of Michigan

June 12th, 2020


Garlin Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan. After graduating with honors, he had a successful …

An Interview with Emma Atkinson, Fuel Economy Development and Benchmarking Engineer at FCA

June 5th, 2020


Emma Atkinson is an Oakland University alumna with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  She is studying to receive her master's degree in Systems/Mechatronics Engineering, while working at FCA as a Fuel Economy …

An Interview with Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University

May 29th, 2020


Barbara Oakley is a retired United States Army Captain, and holds degrees from both the University of Washington and Oakland University. After …

An Interview with Rohit Timmagi, GM Resident Engineer at Valeo

May 22nd, 2020


Rohit Timmagi graduated from Oakland University in 2018 and served as the president of the League of Engineers and Computer Scientists (LECS) during his time at OU. Currently, Rohit works as a GM Resident Engineer at …

An Interview with Adam McNeilly, Senior Software Developer at OKCupid

May 15th, 2020


Adam McNeilly is a graduate from the Oakland University SECS Class of 2016 and is a GrizzHacks co-founder. Currently, he’s a senior software engineer for OkCupid.

In this interview, he talks about his experiences as a …

An Interview with Jonathan Gottfried, co-founder of Major League Hacking

May 15th, 2020


Jonathan Gottfried is a co-founder of Major League Hacking, and he formerly worked at StartupBus and Twilio. Jonathan is listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 for his work with Major League Hacking, which is a company that …

An Interview with Kelli Foskic, Career Consultant at Oakland University

May 15th, 2020


Kelli works in Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science Department, helping students secure internships and jobs in the fields …

GrizzTech Talks Trailer

May 5th, 2020


Tune in to the latest episode of GrizzTech Talks weekly! Premiering May 15th.

Music by Clockwork Passerine 

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