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We’d like to introduce you to our newest staff member, Mason DeMelo! Mason is a former user of our software when he was an RA at University of Connecticut and he will serve as our Technical Support Engineer. Mason brings his software engineering skills to a role solely dedicated to helping solve your technical problems and ensuring smooth ongoing operations.
Learn a little more about Mason…
Hometown: Trumbull, Connecticut
Alma Mater: University of Connecticut, BSE Computer Science & Engineering
Favorite Emoji: 🚡
Why are you excited to work at Roompact?
My first exposure to Roompact was as a user of the software, when I was an RA. I was immediately struck by how thoughtfully the experience was designed – a far cry from what I had come to expect in the world of software. After poking into how the site worked perhaps a little more than I should have, I had the amazing opportunity to meet the Roompact team. Their passion for engineering and design was immediately apparent. The people at Roompact are dedicated to learning, be it their own or the students and educators they support. I’m excited to be working with state-of-the-art technology as part of an extremely talented team, all while giving back to the residential life community.
How did you get into software development?
I’ve always been fascinated by how computers work. I remember playing Zoo Tycoon 2 at a young age and trying to reason about how it knew what to display. Surely there was no way the small disk it came on contained every possible frame in the game? There were too many different ways for me to arrange my lions and antelopes, not to mention the amenities for the visitors. At the time, no one I knew was able to explain this. Every answer led only to more questions. Eventually I joined the web design and robotics clubs in school, where some of those questions could be answered. This was enough to convince me to major in the subject. Today I have a much better understanding of what goes on under the hood, but I’ll likely be chasing those answers for the rest of my life.
What were you involved in when you were a student in college?
As a student in college, I participated in a wide range of activities. One of the first things I was involved in was undergraduate research. I helped a psychology lab build an automated maze for rats, and eventually moved on to researching voting technology and security for the state of Connecticut. In addition to this, I was a resident assistant on campus for several semesters. My favorite group was the Outing Club, which does “Anything and Everything Outdoors.” Through the Outing Club, I had the opportunity to meet some of my closest friends, travel the world, and get more in touch with nature.
What is your favorite college memory?
My favorite college memory is the Great Snow Canoe Escapade of 2017. On this particular snow day we decided to brave the cold and venture out to Horsebarn Hill, a favorite sledding spot at the University of Connecticut. We knew that not far from the bottom of the hill there was an old canoe that didn’t hold water anymore and was destined for the scrapyard. Not wanting to see it go to waste we decided it would make an excellent sled. Dragging a canoe to the top of a snowy hill is not the easiest feat in the world, but the payoff is well worth it. If you’ve never been sledding in a canoe, imagine being tightly packed into a vessel that is not at all designed for snow and barreling down the side of a hill without much ability to stop or control yourself. It’s a blast.
What do you do for fun? Any hobbies?
Most of my hobbies involve outdoor activities. On any given weekend you’re likely to find me hiking through the mountains of New England, or setting up my hammock out in the middle of the woods. I’m also a big fan of rock climbing (“Dude on rock? Rock on dude!”) in the warmer months, and snowboarding in the colder months. Whether it’s climbing active volcanoes in Guatemala or backpacking from my dorm to the next state over on a whim, I’m always down for an adventure.