Meet Austin Smith

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Where are you from?


Tell us a little bit about you.

I'm Austin and I am joining as a web developer. I was born and raised in this area and it's good to be back. I currently live in West Fargo, and I like seeing how much the area has grown.

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

Paul Rudd because he can be sorta nerdy but also fun.

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

play video games and watch anime

I own over 100 t-Shirts and over 70 pairs of socks

I can quote the entire Benchwarmers movie from front to back with no shame.

What part of your position provides the most value?

The work that clients don't see. As more of a back-end type of person, most of the stuff that I do will hopefully never be seen by clients, and they won't ever even know about the trials and tribulations that go along with that type of position. Things like figuring out why a website breaks when updated, or making sure that the websites are secure.

Tell us about your experience.

I graduated from Dakota State University Magna Cum Laude with a dual major in Computer Science and Cyber Operations, and a minor in math (it doesn't get much nerdier than that). I was an IS Intern at Fey Industries back in the day, and recenty worked as a web developer for a company here in town.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

I'm not sure yet. It all seems impactfull in different ways.

Why does our community matter to you?

Because it is a reflection of the people in it.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

Learn everyone's names and gain experience while leaving a positive impact on my coworkers and the community.

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