Joan joined Synapse in mid 2016 as a software engineer and became a software tech lead in 2020. Joan brings a diverse background to Synapse, with over 30 years in space, defense, and aircraft systems, medical devices, and consumer electronics. In working for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Microsoft, among others, she has filled director, manager, and lead, as well as individual contributor, roles in hardware, software, and systems development and test.
At Synapse, Joan has focused on firmware development, which despite her many roles, has always been her first love. Her penchant for requirements and development process, even in a rapid development environment, helps provide structure to both the project and project code. Joan thrives on continually learning and applying new technologies and skills, and the dynamic project environment at Synapse provides many opportunities to do so. All this, and be able to surprise and delight our clients with innovative engineering solutions too? Heaven.
Joan is a Northwest native and has a BSEE degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Washington. Besides engineering and writing code, Joan loves Tai Chi and the outdoors.