Who am I?My name is Javier Taylor. I am a Software Development Engineer at Amazon and a recent graduate from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, where I studied Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. I grew up in Ypsilanti, MI, and my roots lie in the hills of Tennesse and the coasts of the Dominican Republic.
How did I get here?Before going to college I had never written a line of code in my life. I chose the University of Michigan because it was close, I loved the sports teams, and I thought I was going to be a mechanical engineer. But, when I took my first programming course, I realized that I had found something that I really enjoyed, so I threw myself into it. I started going deeper into the major, working in class and on my own to hone my programming abilities. I worked to develop teamwork and leadership through group projects and organizations that I was a part of, and it shaped the way that I look at development. I took courses ranging from entrepreneurial creativity to operating systems, and the more that I learned, the better I became at working through any problem that was thrown my way.
After graduating I took a few months to do service in Detroit then moved out to Seattle, WA, where I currently reside. I have taken all of the skills that I learned at Michigan and used them, stretched them, and built on them as an SDE at Amazon. Every day brings a different challenge, and I welcome them to be able to grow from overcoming them.
What should you know about me?I love to program. I hope that will become obvious to you when you look at all that I have to show you.
But, I will not pretend that is the only thing that I love to do, as that would be unfortunate. I love to travel, explore, and hang out with friends, preferably all together. I have been to many parts of the US, though some of my favorite places to go are on the sand dunes and shores of the Great Lakes. I love to sail, to read, to eat good food, and to watch sports games. I love cars, camping, and physical activity, such as playing football, soccer, basketball, or rugby, or lifting weights and exercising. I am passionate about my Christian faith and I am deeply involved in it and in representing its ideals to the world. I strive to work hard and be honest in all that I do, and to serve others with my actions and relations.
Why are you here?Clearly, I do not know why you are here. Maybe you are a recruiter, maybe you are a friend, maybe you saw my GitHub and followed a link, or maybe you just randomly found my website while surfing the Web. Whatever it is, I would just like to show you a little bit about myself. There are links at the top to different sections, so just scroll around and see if there is anything you like. Enjoy!