Lab Partner: Matt Ames

When you’re interacting with Exclamation Labs, there is a good chance that you are unaware of the talent fueling your project. We work with some pretty spectacular people who are truly experts in their field. Take a few minutes to get to know them, personally and professionally, and see why these folks are our “special sauce” in the recipe for success.

Meet Matt, one of our Front-End Developers!

Q: Give us a quick overview: Tell us about your role at eLabs. How long have you been here, what roles have you played? What is your favorite thing about working at eLabs?

I’m a front-end developer, which means I’m responsible for creating beautiful, seamless, and simple web experiences. I’ve been with eLabs since June 2019, on one of the most conscientious development teams I’ve had the pleasure of working with. My favorite things about eLabs are the openness of communication and the emphasis on sharing knowledge.

Brandon Powers, Lead Developer, shares why Matt is such an outstanding part of the Exclamation Labs team:

Matt thrives on seeking perfection in everything he does. He is thorough and complete. It’s one of many reasons I love having Matt on our team. It’s this that both drives his curiosity and growth as a developer and emboldens the entire team to success.

Western Maryland is a perfect place for hiking — one of Matt's favorite activities. 

Since we’re here in the “Lab,” time for an exam! No right or wrong answers, but it is rapid-fire. We'll call this "10 questions in 60 seconds." Tell us the first thing that comes to your mind:

1. What would you name the autobiography of your life?

Huh? What? — An absent-minded life

2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I’d absolutely love to have any amount of talent in the visual arts.

3. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

In order of likelihood:

  1. Daydreaming
  2. Boredom eating
  3. Deciding what to do for the next 30 minutes
  4. Watching The Office
  5. Walking the dogs
  6. Reading
  7. Playing a video game

4. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Probably ‘The Nerevarine’ from Morrowind. I’m a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls series of video games, so having a chance to live in that world would be really cool.

5. What is something you learned in the last week?

Apparently, there is active and ongoing research in Physics trying to determine if consciousness (or thought) can affect matter. The astounding part is that preliminary research points toward there actually being mind-matter interactions. If you're interested in the research, this page is a great place to start!

6. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

Indoors - Games! Board games, video games, games you play by yourself, games you play with others I love them all. I’ve found that playing games with others is a great way to reinforce and strengthen relationships.

Outdoors - Hiking! I love it, my wife loves it, and the dogs love it. Win, win, win.

7. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Nothing is worse than laundry.

8. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I would meet Alonzo Church, a mathematician who introduced the lambda calculus in the 1930’s which is the basis for modern functional programming. He was also the PhD advisor for Alan Turing, the famous mathematician who cracked the enigma code during WWII.

9. What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?

It’s not a new trend, but open-source software. Software is complicated and expensive to produce, so quality, custom software can be out of reach for many (probably most) businesses, schools, and individuals. Open-source software is helping to close this gap by making quality software accessible. If the software needs to be customized, you can access the source code as a starting point so that development costs can stay as low as possible.

10. What would you most like to tell potential eLabs employees or customers?

Software is hard. We make it simple.

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