Jeffrey Alan Andre
Software Engineer, Happy Lab LLC; semi-retired
B.S. Computer Science with a certificate in embedded systems and additional graduate work in cryptography
+ I have contributed to the Lincoln Project super PAC in the 2020 national election. + In the 2016 I contributed to Gary Johnson for his national campaign.
Nothing in the last five years.
I was an assistant leader in my son's scouting troop. Responsible for extended outdoor events.
Over the last 10 years I have become concerned about the direction of our political system. The movement to hyper-partisan politics has me concerned about the future of our country. I'm am hopeful that by producing competitive districts their elected legislators take that balance and reflect it in negations in the legislature.
I have spent the last forty six years in software development; as an individual contributor, numerous times as team leader, and as a manager. Leading a software developers is often described as heading cats. To succeed and produce a product you have to ensure that everyone's ideas are considered and combined to produce the desired outcome. Not all ideas or designs are practical or appropriate but almost all have some value to the final goal. I have been successful for a very long time in getting all of the team members; numbered from five to more than fifty, to achieve a consensus on the work to be done, how to get it done, and the constraints (cost, duration, and quality) to accomplish the desired deliverable. My entire life I have been one to listen to all sides of issues, understand the views and concerns of others discussion. I accept that their points are of equal value to mine. I have always believed that everyone needs to contribute to arrive at a solution. When it has been my responsibility at selecting the final decision, I felt I have chosen the most fair solution without partiality towards my preferences.
I have a strong background in mathematics and physics eventually leading to a career in computer science. Software engineering is the quintessential application of logic to the solution of a problem. A particularly great aspect to computer science is that the computer systems I started on would have filled the gymnasium of a typical high school, cost tens of millions of dollars in todays money, and take the electricity to power hundreds of homes, now can fit in your pocket. To successfully survive in that environment your must always be willing to adapt and learn. I have also maintained a strong interest in mathematics and physics and am now starting to learn more about astronomy. I am read with some interest about statistical and algorithmic approaches to address gerrymandering.