Ten Questions from Tech: Brandan Haines
We recently touched base with Brandon Haines (BSCIS, 1999) and asked him a few questions about what he is currently up to.
Hometown: Pottstown, PA
Current City: Fort Wayne, IN
Career/Current Employer: SAP Business Administrator, Cooper Standard in Auburn, IN
What do you love about your work: In my job, I am required to be very flexible and to learn a lot about a wide variety of technologies. I enjoy being well-versed in different technologies as it provides constant opportunities for learning and growth. I also enjoy being given important, highly visible projects and being able to successfully complete them.
Best Tech Memory: Undoubtedly, my time spent as a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Favorite Tech Faculty or Staff: Deb Levy, Julie Mansfield, Marty Mansfield, Don Andorfer, and the Lunch Ladies!
Most useful thing I learned at Tech: From my classes: how to write technical documentation (courtesy of Software Engineering). From college life and SigEp: how to work (and deal) with people from all different walks of life and cultures.
Do you keep in touch with other alums: Most definitely! I am still in touch (although I don’t see them often) with some of the friends I met on day-one of my life at Tech. Additionally, there are plenty of Tech alums in the area that I am friends with and see on a regular basis.
A key piece of advice you would give to current students: Be balanced people! College is a time for fun, discovery, learning, working, growing, and friendships. Follow the ancient Greek philosophy of "nothing in excess." Enjoy it while it lasts, because the “real world” is right around the corner.
Anything else you want other alumni to know about you: I’m constantly surprised at how I wound up where I am today. Ten or fifteen years ago, I never would’ve thought I’d be doing what I’m doing or had the opportunity to go where I’ve gone. Each time I get to experience something like traveling to Brazil or Germany, I think to myself, “Did the 15-year-old me ever dream of something like this?” The answer is always an emphatic no! So, constantly remember where you came from, and enjoy the little things in life.