Employee Highlight > Employee Highlight: Clayton Miller

Clayton Miller

Full Stack Software Developer

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

At Synergy, I am a Full Stack Software Developer. Currently, I am the team lead and developer for a suite of applications called Celerform. It is a form and data management platform that allows business users to rapidly create and deploy forms, along with instant data analytics.

What did you want to be when growing up?

Ever since I was in middle school, I wanted to develop video games as a career. After doing research into how they were created, I decided to learn a programming language, and I started with C#. After about a week, I decided it wasn’t for me, but that I needed to give programming another chance. This time, I decided to learn C++. Luckily, the second time was the charm, and through reading textbooks, along with trial and error, I taught myself the language. Although neither my middle school nor high school had curriculum on programming, I decided to learn more languages and develop various games such as Minesweeper and Snake. Although video games are what lead me to become interested in computer science, at some point I realized that other aspects of programming and problem solving were much more personally rewarding and decided to pursue those instead.

Do you have a favorite book/blog/podcast?

My favorite podcast is a true crime podcast called Crime Junkies. It focuses on discussing true crime cases and delving into the worst of what humans are capable of. They are advocates of personal safety and seek justice for unsolved cases in our communities. In doing so, they attempt to draw attention to the reality that the people in the communities where cases were perpetrated may hold the key to discovering what truly happened.

If you could try your hand at another profession for one day, what would it be?

If I could try any other profession, I think I would want to delve into security engineering. Ever since taking a course in college on cryptography, I’ve had an interest in cryptographic security. Although the course relied on mathematical proofs, the takeaway was to illuminate our ability to recognize the security and pitfalls of various protocols. When I go back to school for a Masters degree, I intend to take more classes on the subject.

How would you describe your dream vacation?

Throughout my childhood involved in Boy Scouts and family outings, I hiked, camped, canoed, and biked whenever I could. After reaching Eagle Scout rank and getting my first job, I’ve had a lot less time to indulge in nature. I would love to travel abroad to places in Europe to hike, such as the Scottish Highlands, or the Matterhorn in Switzerland.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy playing puzzle and strategy games, especially Sudoku and chess. I also like to reading science fiction books such as the works of Jules Verne. My most habitual hobby, however, is going to the gym each day.

What has been your favorite project/task you’ve been involved in at Synergy?

Among the different projects I’ve worked on so far at Synergy, my favorite has been working on my current project, Celerform. We get to utilize and explore the latest and greatest technologies to solve problems as they arise. The flexibility of the platform has allowed us to integrate it with a myriad of different applications and use-cases.