A (Belated) Hello World!

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πŸ‘‹ Hey Everyone!

My name is Ryan D. Lewis, and I'm...not exactly new around here, but this is my first post! So allow me to introduce myself.

✏ Education

I'm currently a Master's Candidate in Computer Science, with a B.S. in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics, looking to eventually earn a PhD.

πŸ’» Work

As an undergrad, I got a good bit of experience in software/web development and IT through internships and on-campus work, and research through undergraduate research programs at my school. I liked the latter so much, I ended up committing to grad school, and have since gotten some invaluable experience working at a National Laboratory's Leadership Computing Facility.

🎷 Fun Facts

❓ Why Now?

It might seem a bit silly for me to be writing a Hello World style post now, given that I've been lurking on Dev for over 2 years at this point. But in that time, I've:

And I feel like this platform deserves a little more engagement on my part! So why the sudden change from lurker to poster? Well, 3 reasons:

  1. We've all got to start somewhere, and now seems as good a time as any.

  2. More seriously, I think I've reached the point in my career journey where I'm comfortable with sharing my thoughts and contributing my perspective to the general discourse. I've spent a lot of my time in the last 5 years mentoring younger students at my university, and it's something that I really enjoy, so I'd like to expand that to a broader audience and community.

  3. I've intended to write posts and contribute to the conversation before, on a number of topics, but a combination of a busy schedule and a lack of confidence in the value of what I had to say led me to abandon the effort each time. My theory is, just putting something out there saying "Here's me, and here's the things I'm gonna talk about moving forward" should help keep me a little more accountable.

βœ… Making Plans

Speaking of accountability, there's a couple things that I want to post about in the near futureβ€”little side projects or things I find interesting enough to talk about. I'm hoping to post about once every 2 weeks, but we'll see if that plan survives contact with the proverbial enemy.

In no particular order:

In Conclusion

If you've made it this far, thanks for playing along! As a reward, here's a picture of my roommate's kitten sitting on my 3D Printer:

Kitten on a 3D Printer

Long story short: Hello World! I'm hoping to spend some more time hanging out here and adding my thoughts to the community. Feel free to leave a comment and say hello, ask a question, or recommend your favorite Static Site Generator/hosting solution for personal sites!

Take care, folks πŸ‘‹.