NTENT Employee Spotlight May 2018: Meet Some Team Members Who Help Us Reach Success

As a Global technology organization NTENT is managing multiple projects across the world to deliver white-glove services to our international client base. Our semantic search and natural language processing technologies require input from multiple departments to deliver the very best our technology can offer. This month we’re introducing three key NTENTionalists from the areas of Product Management, Engineering and Data Science.

Stefanie Frederick: Product Manager

“Life’s an adventure and all the different experiences and people you meet along the way help shape who you are and what you become.”

Based in our Carlsbad, CA office, Stefanie works with the search team building content widgets and manages the overall SearchUI experience in our browser.

Q: NTENT is a technology company focused on Search and Natural Language Processing. What do you enjoy most about working for a company specializing in these areas?

A: My previous experience in several industries gave me an eclectic background, but Search and Natural Language Processing were completely new fields for me. The learning curve, while trying at times, was immensely rewarding. The ever-growing landscape of projects here at NTENT enables me to grow as a professional. The combination of challenges, tech, and variety plus the chance to work alongside so many smart individuals, brings me deep gratitude.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement during your time at NTENT, either on your own or within your team?

A: To see what we have achieved as a team over the last three years is just incredible. From the recent launch of desktop search to the catalog of widgets in the various languages and countries that we support, there isn’t a single project or person that has not contributed to our accomplishments. It’s an amazing feeling when you know someone has used your product and experienced something that embodies the results of the hard work we put forth each day. It excites me to see what the future holds and what new adventures await.

Q: Who has inspired you throughout your career and in what ways?

A: Life’s an adventure and all the different experiences and people you meet along the way help shape who you are and what you become. But of all the people I’ve worked with, one stands above the rest.

About eight years ago I was lucky enough to have this amazing boss, who became a mentor and friend, that changed the trajectory of my career path. At first, I found myself frustrated and upset, wondering why I was moving in the direction that was set forth. But, needless-to-say, he saw something in me that I couldn’t quite see at the time. He completely changed my career in the most positive ways. From this experience, I learned the value of change and adaptability. The challenges and growth that stem from change is extraordinary. He’s now a senior product manager for Google and someone I greatly respect and admire. I wouldn’t be a product manager today if it hadn’t been for him. I believe that people come into your life for a reason. Good or bad, how you shape those experiences into positive life lessons can have a significant impact in your life and career.

Dr. Sara Hajian: Senior Data Scientist

“I have always been inspired by independent, smart and hard-working female scientists around the world…”

Working out of our office in Barcelona, Spain, Sara uses data-driven approaches to understand how user behavior changes over time. She applies different data mining, machine learning and statistical techniques to predict user behavior in Web search.

Q: NTENT is a technology company focused on Search and Natural Language Processing. What do you enjoy most about working for a company specializing in these areas?

A: NTENT gives me a great opportunity to use my PhD in computer science, implementing both my research and engineering skills to solve different data problems by working with the latest scientific and technical advances in search, Machine Learning, NLP and Big Data technologies. I also enjoy working with my colleagues on the Barcelona team and the chance to collaborate with other NTENT offices; We learn from each other.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement during your time at NTENT, either on your own or within your team?

A: Leveraging user search and browsing behavior data is crucial to improve our product. I consider every project that helps us reach this goal an achievement. One of our more recent projects involves clustering users according to their user interests and demographics to help us improve our engagement strategies and user retention.

Q: Who has inspired you throughout your career and in what ways?

A: I have always been inspired by independent, smart and hard-working female scientists around the world, especially those from Iran who brave great risks to follow their dreams so far from home.

Melissa Lane: Senior Front-End Developer

“My Mom…encouraged me to do my best regardless of the task. My Dad never let my being a girl become an excuse to limit myself or to be treated differently from the boys.”

Located in our Carlsbad, CA office, Melissa helps bring ideas to life in our Product UI. Using Web code, she reproduces concepts and mock-ups from designers and product managers, then fills them with data from our engine back-end code.

Q: NTENT is a technology company focused on Search and Natural Language Processing. What do you enjoy most about working for a company specializing in these areas?

A: Presenting our users with content relevant to their intentions is more complex than I had imagined before joining NTENT, and it is interesting to see the technology we are developing to adequately answer their questions.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement during your time at NTENT, either on your own or within your team?

A: The first week I was here, my code went to production! That demonstrated our team’s ability to execute and transfer knowledge efficiently. I like to think it also confirmed that my own coding skills were ready for whatever NTENT was going to throw at me.

Q: Who has inspired you throughout your career and in what ways?

A: Growing up, my parents inspired me in different ways. My Mom, a teacher for 42 years, encouraged me to do my best regardless of the task. My Dad never let my being a girl become an excuse to limit myself or to be treated differently from the boys. I became a “perfectionist tomboy.” Over the last ten years, my husband has empowered me to switch careers from Chemical Engineering to Software Engineering, and although starting a new career was challenging, it has been a great ride so far.