Last time we got to meet Thys ten Veldhuis and this time around we’d like to introduce you to Hans Magnus Ewald who’s started his career in Forkbeard as an R&D Engineer.
Hans Magnus, who are you?
I’m born in Oslo and raised in Lørenskog on the east side of the city. Oldest of three siblings, now living the bachelor life in my Frogner studio apartment. My current pastimes include reading, running and listening to music.
What did you do before you started working at Forkbeard and how does this experience benefit your current role?
Forkbeard Technologies is in fact my first post-university employer, so the main experience I bring to the table comes from my education. I spent the last years before coming to Forkbeard at Stanford University earning a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.
I rely daily on my education which has given me a broad set of skills including mathematics as well as AI and optimization.
What drew you to Forkbeard?
Forkbeard offered me a chance to do what I do best – develop new algorithms from the ground up – and with a very exciting goal no less. Our CTO Wilfred was able to sell me on the Indoor Positioning System (IPS) concept and its merits, and since then I’ve been very happy to do what I can to help make it a reality.
The fact that Forkbeard is also full of great people also helped convince me of course.
What’s the best thing about working at Forkbeard?
What I like the most is the specific workplace role I am allowed to fulfill. I really like working as an R&D Engineer and the flexibility and variation this role brings.
What does your typical day look like at Forkbeard?
I will start the day by greeting my colleagues, catching up on what everybody is doing and seeing if anything new has come up. Then I’ll settle into a state of deep focus on my big ongoing project, whatever it may be at the time. R&D requires concentrated sessions of work, which I intersperse with short breaks or meetings with colleagues.
Around lunch I go to the cantina with the other Forkbearders and often add in a short walk outside our office along the shore. Taking in the sights and sounds of the ocean is a preferred method of regaining my mental focus after a tough work session.
Work will then proceed into the afternoon, but I will become more tired and less focused until I eventually call it a day. I work best in the morning and before noon, so in the afternoon I know to expect a little bit less from myself. In the R&D role, short and intense work sessions are usually the best way to achieve results.
How will Forkbeard help you with both your personal and professional development?
As my first post-university employment, Forkbeard is giving me invaluable workplace experience. I am learning new things every week and step by step adding new skills to the theoretical education I have from before.
What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to?
Hard to settle on just one place, but I will select Fairbanks, Alaska for now. I was invited there for thanksgiving and got to enjoy some of the best vacation activities the state has to offer, like dog sleigh riding and bathing in hot springs.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I like to take walks, listen to music, read and occasionally to party with friends. I also often blow off steam with some classic video games like Skyrim.
And finally, anything you’d like to say to the reader?
I hope you know me a bit better now, although as you can imagine there is more to everyone than can be put into a few paragraphs. But if we ever meet, feel free to bring up stuff I wrote here 🙂