5 Questions with Software Engineer: McKenzie Velia

In celebration of National Engineers’ Week we asked Viasat engineers five questions. Software engineer, McKenzie Velia who develops software for cybersecurity services shares her passion. Hint: Tony Stark isn’t just Iron Man, he’s an engineer super hero. #NextGenSTEM

Question: What is your favorite engineering feat in the world?

McKenzie Velia: The Egyptian pyramids. The water shaft theory is very cool – even if the Egyptians didn’t use it.

Q: Who is your favorite engineer super hero?

MV: Tony Stark, aka Iron Man! He built the suit and developed JARVIS.

Q: What is your engineering claim to fame or what is your most proud engineering moment? 

MV: My resilience is my claim to fame. I feel most proud solving problems that some think are difficult or impossible to do.

Q: What do you hope to engineer? 

MV: I would really like to work on language processing units for artificial intelligence. This way Siri will know when you’re being sarcastic, and she won’t be happy about it.

Q: What do you like about working for an engineering company like Viasat? 

MV: I like that I learn something new every day, whether it’s about the projects we work on or the people here at Viasat. I like knowing that our products and services are made to help people.

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Chris Phillips believes you can never underestimate the power of a good corporate narrative. As Viasat’s Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations she writes about ‘all things ViaSat,’ with an authentic energy that is founded on transparency, trust and purpose.