If you’re wondering what the modern superhero looks like you shouldn’t turn to Marvel or DC universe. This type of superhero is real. He has a long, rewarding career, a family to attend to and some of the most impressive hobbies one could have. At least, that was our first impressions while talking to Daniel.
In school he didn’t like literature. At all. He decided to turn to science. In 2007 he made his first flight over the Northern Arctic Circle in a plane he flew himself from Romania. And he was joined by his best friend. “I just flew as long as the tank would take me, without risking the 45-minute fuel rule. While long flights are not my particular cup of tea, landing in new places gives me a sense of discovering new cultures that I cannot match with anything else”.
Old friend, good friend – somewhere in Finland.
Daniel may not be exactly Tony Stark, but he may not be too far since he is sort of tech genius and manages to master some great hobbies. He has a career of almost two decades in designing, implementing and delivering software and hardware solutions, mostly Linux and RTOS based. Three years ago he touched for the first time a bow and arrows and managed to win just a few weeks ago the national championship in the section he was competing. He spends his time switching from his IT engineer career, to programming, flying airplane and shooting his bow and arrow. “Don’t forget my daughter! Taking her to school and picking her up, helping her with homework and house chores, every day and in the weekends. Family always comes first!”, states firmly Daniel.
During his career, Daniel managed to witness some of the most important transformations in digital technology, but probably the most impressive, in his opinion, is hardware miniaturization. ”In the ’90 I would wait for 5 minutes for SCSI hard-disk to start. It was huge, and the SCO OpensServer would load on a magnetic tape. Now, I believe we all know how we stand in the field of data storage. The only problem now is that we don’t have enough skilled men to handle all this technology”.
In 2011, Daniel joined Enea, first as Software Architect, then as a trainer in the same area. He likes to joke about the 80-20 percent switch. “I turned from a peaceful IT programmer life to a trainer position, and switched from spending 80% of the time in front of the computer and 20% talking to other people to the exact opposite. But I received great support from my colleagues, and this helped me a lot in my work”, says Daniel. When asked to choose a list of five words that best describe his experience here, Daniel chose unique, creative, passionate, new and energetic. At the same time, he particularly likes the time/resources allocation. “Enea manages to combine these two components in a form that almost any company can start building on, starting with a solid foundation, constant support and care”, argues Daniel.
Daniel built equipment, used in flight over the North Pole, 2007.
Either he talks about work or about his hobbies, learning seems to be the most important part for Daniel. “I like to learn, and I have the feeling I have been doing that ever since I came here, to Enea. It has been a period of constant challenges I’ve learned to overcome. As a trainer, I had the opportunity of working with a lot of talented and highly intelligent people and I had to be able to talk to them honestly. Sometimes, it’s OK to admit you don’t know, it is a starting point to learning something new”.