Alumni Profiles

Jonathan Savage ’11


During his senior year at Goshen College, Jon founded Studio Ace of Spade, a design and development studio located in downtown Goshen. He graduated with a degree in computer science and business information systems, skills he uses to pursue building the web based upon the idea of simplicity and functionality. When he’s not in the office, he can usually be found in the outdoors fishing or hiking, sitting around a dining room table playing Magic: The Gathering, attempting to cook or watching a Netflix documentary on some obscure topic.

Sean Kauffman ’05


Sean Kauffman, a 2005 computer science graduate, is a principal software engineer at Oracle in Seattle, having survived two acquisitions to arrive there. He also sits on the board of directors for VectorBlox, a hardware startup in Vancouver, BC. In his free time he plays dodgeball, fiddles in an Irish folk band and works on his car.


Anna Engelsone ’01


Currently, I am a Senior Operations Researcher at JDA Software (Rockville, MD), but I came to Goshen College as a 17-year-old international student with only a vague idea of what I wanted to do when I grew up. Two things at GC had a profound influence on my career path: a mentoring relationship with professor David Housman, who encouraged me to get involved in undergraduate math research and apply to graduate school, and DevCorp, which provided real world IT job experience and a chance to develop the programming and database skills that I still use in my work on a daily basis.  Continued …

Jon Otto ’01

After graduating from Goshen college with my B.A.s in Computer Science and Fine Arts, I worked for about two years at KMC Controls in New Paris, Indiana. I started out there as a software tester but eventually moved into multimedia design, using animation software to script an training simulation of their flagship control software and using 3D graphics tools to make a modular graphics set to visualize the industrial systems their products control. Then I took a great leap and applied to the JET Programme and became an assistant English teacher working at various junior high schools and elementary schools in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. I liked the work and taught through a few organizations until 2011, when I returned to the US to get a M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/Applied Linguistics at Indiana University. That diploma in hand I’m now back in Japan, teaching English at a private junior/senior high school attached to Kanagawa University.

In my teaching I’ve not done a terribly large amount of work programming, though I did build a website to support foreign assistant language teachers in Sagamihara, Kanagawa in distributing worksheets and information about their home countries to other public schools in the city. I would say though that many principles I learned in GC CS classes have been very useful to me. I often have to break sentences down and explain the specific functions of words in an abstract sense, which is not exactly like reading program code but sometimes feels like a sibling to the process. I also have to explain language to my students or other teachers, which is aided by breaking things down in a simple, step-by-step process much like creating an algorithm. And of course, the basic logical principles we learned in our Discrete Mathematics course have been very useful in nearly every facet of my life because they help me to understand when claims I hear made actually derive from the information provided to support them.