I joined the Army Reserves in 2005 as a 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist while working towards my college degree in Computer Science. In 2009, I was deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. While I didn’t experience combat firsthand, I was able to put my childhood passion for computers to use in the field, managing communications infrastructure to support my fellow Soldiers. This experience in the military prepared me for the work I currently do at Google, where I build and manage the technical infrastructure it takes to drive our products.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to leverage my experience as both a Veteran and an engineer to help in an even deeper way – through the Google.org Fellowship.
Alongside 8 other full-time Google.org Fellows & 8 technical volunteers, I was able to work pro bono with a social enterprise called ReflexAI. Their mission is to use artificial intelligence-powered tools to help emergency response, public safety, and healthcare organizations train counselors to better serve people in crisis. Our Google team – made up of Veterans, Veteran family members, and technologists – supported ReflexAI to build HomeTeam: an interactive, online platform that harnesses the power of AI to help address mental health challenges in Veteran communities.