Aila Enos

Bellevue, WA, US
Field of Work 
Computer Science
Job Title or "Student" 
Software Developer II
University of Texas at Austin
Computer Science
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Hello! I'm Aila Enos, and I'm a software developer at Microsoft. Growing up, I played a lot of video games, including the Nancy Drew PC games, and was on the computer a lot (now that I think of it, my first exposure to coding was making my personal Neopets webpage!). Needless to say, I loved mysteries and problem solving.

In high school, they make you take career aptitude tests. Computer science was a natural fit for me because I liked technology, problem solving, and math - however, you don't need to be good at or interested in math to do computer science. I took an AP CS course in high school and it was a mess. We didn't get our textbooks until halfway through the year, and it felt like one of those blow-off easy 100 classes. We even did CS UIL, and while we were definitely not the strongest team, I loved the multiple choice questions about how a piece of program would run. It was interesting to me to think about how things would work or what they would do.

Despite getting the lowest score on the AP CS exam, I knew I wanted to major in Computer Science. Technology had changed the world, and has the potential to continue to change it. I wanted to be a part of that. So, I went to the University of Texas at Austin to study Computer Science, interned a few places, and started full-time at Microsoft in September 2016. I've been here for three years, and since then have been on two teams, conducted interviews, gone back to recruit at my alma mater, and managed interns.

Currently I work on Halo, which is a video game. When you're in a multiplayer match, the game sends information about what is happening to our service (things like if you die or if you kill someone). We take all this information and process it in real-time, building up a graph of how you did and what happened in the match. Then, we send this information back to the game at the end of the match and display it as your post-game statistics, which tells you things like your kill/death ratio and accuracy. Prior to this, I worked on a team that powered cross-device scenarios, like cloud-powered clipboard (for example, copy something on your Windows PC and paste on your Android phone).

Computer science is such an interesting and versatile field, and its impact is unbounded. I highly encourage you to find the intersection of technology and whatever interests you!
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Program Affiliation 
Microsoft, NCWIT

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