The story of the RSE Stories podcast host, a passionate developer, and avocado loving dinosaur.

Posted by @vsoch · 1 min read

3 June 2021

Have you ever wondered about the story of the host behind this podcast? Flipping the interview of the very first episode almost two years ago, for this week’s episode special guest host Ian Cosden interviews Vanessa Sochat, a Computer Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National lab and founder of the RSE Stories podcast. Vanessa started as a researcher in neuroinformatics, fell in love with programming, and embarked on her own journey through self-taught programming, graduate school, her first role as a Research Software Engineer in the Stanford Research Computing Center, up until where she is today. In this episode, Vanessa shares her journey, a non-traditional view about what defines “research software engineering,” and why in the world she is an avocado loving dinosaur.


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RSE Phenotype

Vanessa Sochat created an RSE Phenotype, a simple plot to show the dimensions that help to define their work, and the communities they are defined for using the RSE Phenotype Generator