Meet Me in 5 (Questions): Brion Fuller

Mar 29, 2023

Welcome to Autonomic’s Meet Me in 5 (Questions) series where we feature the passionate individuals who inspire our work. We met with Brion Fuller to learn about his interest in the world of software and hear about his experience as a developer at Autonomic. Brion is a senior software engineer on our Accounts and Identity Team where he helps provide fast, scalable, and robust access management services on the TMC.

1. Think back to the beginning of your career or studies. What made you want to become a software engineer?

Initially, I went to college for electrical engineering. In my second semester, I took an embedded controllers class that was using the ATmega328P assembler language. That class was amazing and I spent most of my time learning and creating things. My interest really took off the following semester with robotics. I was able to start a robotics club on campus and we participated in various competitions within the region.

2. In terms of software development practices and philosophy, what sets Autonomic apart from other places you’ve worked?

Autonomic does very well in terms of defining the lines between service teams, infrastructure, and development tools. I find this helps each team focus more on their strengths and the product they are delivering. At the same time, there is transparency when it comes to how each team builds and deploys its applications. This makes it easier to transition between different teams since many of the tools we use are pretty similar.

3. What programming languages do you use most often at Autonomic? Do you have a favorite? If so, why is that language your favorite?

We mostly use Java here at Autonomic. In addition, we also use a little bit of Golang, which is my favorite language to work in. Golang is well-structured and has a nice ecosystem. It tends to be lightweight and fast, making it very suitable in a cloud environment.

4. What excites you most about working in automotive tech?

I am a total gearhead. I have always loved working with cars and modifying them. I view the automotive space as the next big thing in terms of technological advances. With all the recent developments in this industry, I think now is a very exciting time to be involved.

5. What is the most meaningful part of your role at Autonomic?

The most meaningful part of my role is the ability to help my colleagues grow and develop their skills. It’s extremely rewarding and a great opportunity to improve my own skills and keep my mind open to other points of view that challenge my understanding.