Q&A with Nadiia Gut, QA Supervisor
In celebration of Engineers Week 2023, we’re getting to know some of our very own engineers. In this Q&A, we shine the spotlight on Nadiia Gut, QA Supervisor at Edgio.
Why did you choose to become an engineer?
I earned my university degree in a highly competitive environment, so after graduating I wanted to find a job where we all are working as a team with one goal – that was my number one criteria. I also had a nose for finding bugs and learning new tech so it just led naturally into QA.
What are the most important qualities for an engineer to have?
Analytical and critical thinking, ability to learn and grow from feedback or even criticism, openness to cooperation.
What do you enjoy most about being an engineer? And about being an engineer at Edgio?
Engineering for me is about logic, system, control, and consistency. If something breaks then you can always find a reason for it. At Edgio I love the people around me. They are not just professional engineers, they are my friends, and I genuinely enjoy spending time with them and our discussions. We also always have this freedom of following our guts and experimenting with our ideas which is really important for pushing forward innovation – even on the level of quality assurance.
What excites you about the future of engineering and what we are doing here at Edgio?
The very rapid pace here is both scary and exciting. I’m really looking forward to seeing how we evolve, especially with the added emphasis on security – which is very important in my opinion.
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning their engineering career?
Push yourself to actively participate in meetings even if they are over your head or you feel shy. You’ll feel more connected as a member of the community or team much sooner. And, ask for feedback whenever you can.
Share a fun fact about yourself or something you enjoy doing outside of work.
I like learning about other cultures through sitcoms 😀 But seriously, I really enjoy studying other cultures, literature, and the history of other countries. Before Covid, I would do this when preparing for a trip (e.g. read up on what you should and shouldn’t do in Dubai). But now, I do it just for fun. For example, I like to learn peculiar cultural ‘norms’ that feel strange in my culture – like sort of a contrastive analysis of cultures and languages – whenever I can, even if that means watching a sitcom to do so.
Engineers Week 2023 runs from February 19 to 25. This year’s theme — Creating the Future — recognizes how engineers play a vital role in innovating solutions to global challenges that impact future generations. By working together to develop new technologies, products and opportunities, engineers create new possibilities that make the world a better place. This Engineers Week we hope that you’ll take a moment to recognize and celebrate the work of engineers and engage students in engineering. DiscoverE, the organization behind Engineers Week, has free resources you can use to inspire future innovators, such as hands-on engineering activities and lesson plans, information about engineering education, and pathways to a technical careers. Visit DiscoverE.org and get the help you need to focus on the “E” in STEM.