Hi, my name is Scott Dombkowski.
I am currently in my first year of CMU’s Master of Design program, studying Design for Interactions. I also attended CMU last year, where I received my Masters of Arts in Design.
Over the summer I interned at Mapzen. I worked on a project called Who’s On First (WOF). WOF is “a big list of places, each with a stable identifier and some number of descriptive properties about that location.” While there, I designed and built a new website with all kinds of wonderful things (documentation, tutorials, and interactive tools). The website is built with what I call a “Makefile CMS”, it’s really cool/fast and creates the whole website except for the home page from the command line.
Before beginning my graduate studies at CMU, I worked at Capital One in a variety of roles (platform engineer, process engineer, and data analyst). Prior to that, I graduated from CMU as an undergraduate with a degree in Information Systems and minors in Business Administration and Engineering Studies.
While at CMU, I had my first hands-on experience using technology to develop real-world solutions. I saw how teams and individuals with very little resources could make a great impact and got drawn to a number of different start-up ventures. Over the years, this has included a product that acquired large disparate data sets through automated telephone calls and an anonymous context specific question and answer mobile app.
I was born in Bakersfield, CA and moved around California for most of my early childhood, before moving to Northern Virginia for kindergarten. We moved back to California before third grade, where we settled in Temecula, CA for good.
I spent the majority of my childhood outdoors going from sport practice to sport practice or playing in the cul-de-sac with neighborhood kids. My mom really worried about me getting to much sun. My exposure to the sun died down a little about when I was about 13 and started focusing solely on soccer. Just so you know, I have had no issues with sun exposure and my mom doesn’t worry about that anymore with me being in Pittsburgh.