Name: Daniel Walsh
title: Chief Architect of Containers Technologies
organization: Red Hat
1. In one sentence, what does your job involve?
I’m the chief architect of container technologies at Red Hat, which means I lead a group of operating system engineers who write code to control what third-party applications do on a Linux computer system.
2. What were you involved in when you were on campus?
I was very involved in the Holy Cross band, a member of the big brothers / big sister. Performed at the ACT Alternate College Theater as well as in a senior play. Went to numerous religious retreats. (5 days without talking). Lots of indoor sports (basketball, soccer)
3. What has been your profession and how has it affected your career decisions?
Math specialization, I wanted to go into computer science, but Holly Cross did not propose the trend at the time. I also took a WPI course through the consortium.
4. What is one or two skills you have developed in Holly Cross that you use in your work?
I was a terrible writer when I got to the Holy Cross, and I really felt like I would fail in some writing courses, but the professors worked with me and brought me to a point where I was reasonable. Now I write (blog) in a productive and well-known way in the world of computer security thanks to my communication skills. I can not believe I would have been so successful if I had gone to a technical college.
5. What advice do you have for students today?
Enjoy your college experience. If you have a non-technical background, do not assume that you will not be able to work in a high-tech company. Most employees in leading technical companies should be able to communicate. Sales, marketing, human resources, documentation, management, customer support, law and hundreds of other jobs require reading / writing skills. Even software engineers need to document their software, and explain how to use it. I believe that liberal arts education teaches this basic skill.