Zach empowers people to achieve great things with technology. As a passionate product designer, software engineer, and entrepreneur, he takes concepts that begin only as ideas and brings them to life in innovative ways that change the way people live, work, and play.
Zach is currently Chief Technology Officer for a startup in stealth mode in San Diego. Until March 2016, he worked as a software engineer and product manager for Qualcomm ImpaQt, a product incubator housed inside the company. He landed the job by prototyping an idea in the first round of the program, showcasing the work to the executive team, and then transitioning the work to a business unit. The ImpaQt team fosters innovation throughout the company by prototyping early-stage ideas and mentoring engineers to pitch their work to the company’s leadership. At ImpaQt, ideas come into the program and products go out.
Long before he began his career, Zach developed his passion for technology. He grew up during the explosive growth of the Internet in the 1990s, learning to build on top of it as it revolutionized innovation across the world. Zach helped pay the bills during college by working at Koofers.com, where he was an engineer on the Flashcard project.
In 2011, Zach earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering at Virginia Tech, where he graduated third in his class at the age of 20. After college, he joined the telecom giant Qualcomm as a software engineer on the WCDMA cellular modem team.
Every cell phone owner is familiar with the bars that indicate how strong the signal is, but few understand the technology behind the bars. Zach understands because he was instrumental in developing technology related to the connection behind those signal bars. What will you be able to do in the future when today’s cutting-edge technology becomes commoditized?