Please join us in welcoming Damien Diehl to Quizlet! Damien will be joining our mobile team as an Android engineer.
Damien grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where he attended Parkville High School. He went on to attend Penn State University, where he graduated with a degree in Information Sciences and Technology. Before joining Quizlet, Damien was a software engineer at Glu Mobile and Cognizant. Damien describes himself as an avid gamer with a special interest in music rhythm games, like In the Groove. In his spare time, he can also be found playing Rocket League.
We're very happy to have Damien on the Quizlet team! Read on to learn more about Damien:
Quizlet: If you could learn to do anything, what would you learn?
Damien: I've always thought it would be fun to learn to DJ. My favorite genres of music are trance and drum 'n' bass, and it's really interesting to learn about the tools DJs use to produce and mix music. It would be a lot of fun to make tracks enjoyed by people all over the world.
Q: Who was your most memorable teacher and why?
D: Mr. Baltatzis from Parkville HS, for sure. Mr. B is the only real programming teacher I had throughout school; without taking AP Computer Science with him, I definitely wouldn't be the same engineer I am today. As a bonus, he was my coach on the programming team and the tennis team as well — great times!
Q: Why did you decide to work at Quizlet?
D: I love to make tools to help others, and the mission and goals behind Quizlet are undeniably positive. The team here genuinely cares about creating the best learning platform for our users, and I'm very excited to join and contribute to this mission myself.
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
D: As an engineer, I loved Computer Science. I really enjoy learning how to teach computers to automate tasks we do on a daily basis. Anything math-related is also a lot of fun for me, especially Economics and Discrete Mathematics.
Q: What's the most interesting article, blog or book you've read recently?
D: I'm a big fan of TED Talks. Recently, I watched a talk by Jane McGonigal, called Gaming Can Make a Better World. Part of me wishes I had not spent as much time playing video games in college, but after watching the talk, I feel there is some value in the skills I developed as a gamer and I think playing games definitely made me better at problem-solving. It's really interesting to see someone attempt to harness the skills of gamers to solve real world problems.