In this week’s Six Questions, we would like to introduce software development engineer Alex Nazarov, Labs’ resident Russian-Canadian transplant and golf aficionado.
Which Labs projects do you work on?
My favorite part of working as a software development engineer at Labs is that I get to be involved in many different projects and be a “generalist.” Most of my time is spent working on the “brains” of our algorithm to make sure our applications present the best possible news to users. I also work on the “glue” of our apps, making sure everything sticks together nicely.
The keyword is “Labs.” We get to experiment and try out new stuff – just like the Google Labs team works on engineering the car-of-the-future that will drive itself, we are a team working to figure out what the news-of-the-future will look like.
What animal are you most like?
A tiger. I am always moving around, always active, a bit loud, a bit cocky, and I really wish I had super cool fur like that.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I knew pretty early on that I loved problem solving and math and science. I originally thought I would end up in the field of chemistry, but I couldn’t pull myself away from the computer long enough to study all those crazy molecule names.
Once I got lost hiking up a volcano in Nicaragua. I ended up having to sleep overnight with no equipment on a side of a mountain and follow a water piper back to the nearby village early in the morning. A four-hour hike turned into a 24-hour survivor adventure.
Speaking of survivor adventures — you’re stranded on a desert island with one book, one album, and one object of your choosing. What items do you have?
Can I cheat and choose an e-book as my book and a really strong wi-fi antenna as my object?
Anything else you would like to add?
Did I mention I am single and… wait, is the tape recorder still on? Hello?