Emma Bostian '15
Software Engineer, LogMeIn
Hometown: Red Hook, NY but my current city is Karlsruhe, Germany
Major: Computer Science
Involvement while at Siena: Pep band manager
Describe a typical day in your life.
How did your Siena education prepare you for the work you’re doing today?
My education at Siena taught me appreciation for people from all walks of life. The liberal arts education pushed me outside my comfort zone and into new spaces such as philosophy and jazz dance. Having exposure to many different areas allowed me to hone in on exactly what I loved, computer science.
Describe your professional progression since leaving Siena.
After graduating from Siena in 2015, I moved down to Austin, Texas for 3 years where I worked at IBM as a Software Engineer. I worked on many fun projects like IBM Quantum Computing where I learned a lot of UX design skills. Then in February of 2018 I left everything and flew my cats and myself over to Germany to start a new life as a Software Engineer at LogMeIn. I worked as a Software Engineer on GoToMeeting for a year before migrating over to the design team as the Design System Lead where I’m currently leading the effort of building our design system.
Additionally during the last year I’ve managed to build up my social media presence (@emmawedekind) and create a successful blog, open source project, and podcast. I love teaching others by making abstract concepts attainable with real-world examples and metaphors. So I am extremely lucky to have the ability to travel the world speaking at conferences and working with amazing companies like Stack Overflow and LinkedIn to teach.
Advice for current Saints:
Don’t take anything for granted. College really is the best time of your life and the friends you make there will be friends for life.
Career advice for current students:
It’s okay if you’re struggling in school. You don’t have to be the best student or get the BEST grades to succeed in your career. Hang in there!