Employee Highlight: Darien Foster

Darien Foster

Software Engineer

What is your title at Synergy, and can you give us a gist of your responsibilities?

As a software engineer at Synergy, I currently dedicate a majority of my time to developing software for the Marine Corps, although previously I was working extensively as a team lead for developers creating an in-house form generation and management application called CELERFORM. While these are my primary roles, I also have experience with client to server, JIRA, and continuous integration, among other things!

What are your three most overused words/phrases?

If you’ve worked closely with me at Synergy, you’re sure to recognize a few of these! Though many of my comments are internet jokes that fit the conversation, my personal phrases are “H’okay, so,” “Oh hey,” and “Hello, all you happy people!”

What is your favorite food?

My current vice is poke bowls! I never even knew they existed until just a couple of years ago. Essentially, it’s a hefty bowl of sushi, rice, and all kinds of other delicious food items. If you want the perfect introduction to poke, you’ll want to try Poke Hub in the Reston Town Center in Virginia.

What has been your favorite vacation?

Of all the vacations I’ve taken, I’d have to say my favorite has been the most recent. For two weeks, I traveled up and down Interstate 95 for Christmas and New Year’s to celebrate with my family and friends. Following the holiday festivities, some old college friends and I caught up over the course of the week in a series of reunions. To me, an ideal vacation is one where everyone is having a good time, and this trip was a prime example.

Do you consider yourself messy or organized? Have you always been one way or the other?

I’d have to answer yes to being both messy and organized! If the situation affects or involves other team members, I’ll be taking notes and sorting items almost obsessively so that no important detail is overlooked or forgotten. These notes are especially helpful for keeping me and the team on track when unexpected circumstances threaten the plan. When it’s just myself, however, I tend to relax this organization policy a bit and may even forget my hat.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Stereotype though it may be, as a developer, I am also a bit of a nerd. Playing video games is what originally drew me to an interest in development, what motivated me through university coursework to graduation, and is even what led to an open door for me at Synergy! This said, when given the chance, I can be found dabbling in electronic entertainment.

How has Synergy helped you in your career development?

I can say for certain that I have never had to cast such a wide net of knowledge and experience in the field of development before beginning at Synergy. While I would still say that front-end development is my specialty, my abilities at this point touch almost every aspect of a full stack developer. From what I have seen planned out for both Synergy and the world of development, this net of experience will have to grow wider still in the upcoming months. It should be fun to be a part of this change!