My path to this career was by no means a straight line. I started out as a professional musician after attending the University of Southern California for a jazz major and a Japanese minor, and I spent several years playing bass for various rock, jazz, swing, rap, and reggae groups. Between gigs, I had some free time on my hands, so I started taking computer programming classes at Santa Monica Community College. Some time later, I transferred to California State University Northridge (CSUN) and enrolled full-time. But the idea of working as a programmer in the aerospace industry really began when I first talked to JPL recruiters at CSUN's career fair. For my senior year project, I joined the flight software team of CSUN's first CubeSat project, CSUNSat1, which carried a payload from JPL. Ultimately, I was referred by a friend of mine from CSUN who was already working as an intern here.