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People @ Voxel51: Spotlight on Lanny Wang

Last month we kicked off a series of posts to take you under the hood and introduce you to some of those incredible people on our team. It’s our hope you can get a sense of what it’s like to work at Voxel51 – directly from the team that is pushing our mission forward. 

What is our mission? Every day we wake up with the mission to bring transparency and clarity to the world’s data. It is exhilarating and meaningful work, but it doesn’t happen in a vacuum – it’s the product of the community and the team here that create and support the open source FiftyOne computer vision toolset.

Oh! And if this seems like something you’d want to be part of, then definitely check out our remote, open positions. We’re building a fully-remote team of exceptional and diverse people who want to help bring data-centric machine learning to the world. We’re growing quickly and are looking for people to grow with us! 

And as always, if you like our open source and community work, please take a moment to give the FiftyOne project a star.

Okay, this week we catch up with Software Engineer, Lanny Wang. Can’t wait for you to meet her 🙂

What do you do at Voxel51?

I am a software engineer at Voxel51. I work mostly on improving the features of the open source application FiftyOne.  

Where are you based?

Houston, TX

What about the opportunity at Voxel51 inspired you to join?

I am very enthusiastic about the product. As someone who is visual-driven, I am interested in extracting meaningful insights from data, visualizing and curating them to help people make better decisions. And that’s what fiftyone is about — bringing clarity and transparency to all data. 

What has been your favorite project to work on so far?

I have been at Voxel51 for three months. My favorite project so far is the feature of “Search by text similarity”, which allows the user to type in anything and search their samples using NLP search. It’s coming out in version 0.20. 

What do you like most about your role?

I enjoy having the agency and independence to work on my projects. And when I want suggestions, people are always very open and accessible to discuss creative solutions. Also I am happy to work on open source projects, and I find it thrilling to receive feedback from the active community. It’s rewarding to be part of a collaborative effort that helps make our app more extensible and flexible.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I love plants and have a tropical garden. Caring for plants is very relaxing and healing. It’s a balancing act of four variables: sunlight, humidity, medium, and temperature. Then all it needs is time. 

Three words that best describe you.

Observant, analytical, adaptable.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

Fruits. Can’t name a fruit that I don’t like. Sugar + water = happiness. 

Where’s your favorite place in the world?

Art Museum storage, where one can examine the objects closely. Objects tell their own stories. Plus, there are always some surprise findings. Prior to becoming a software engineer, I was trained in art history and material culture. I admire great craftsmanship and technological innovation, and aspire to create something that lasts through time.    

What’s something you’re planning on doing in the next year that you’ve never done?

Grow mushrooms.

Are there open positions on your team?

VP Engineering and DevOps Engineer. Check them out and consider joining us!