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Welcome to Zeitspace, Dmitry Kobets

Say hello to Dmitry Kobets, who we’re delighted has joined Zeitspace for the Spring/Summer co-op term. He’s a software engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and in the Q&A below we learn a little more about his interests.

Why software development?

I chose software development because it provides me with plenty of math-oriented problems as well as opportunities to build real things from scratch. I get to take on the role of a designer/engineer and assemble the pieces of a puzzle which could someday be used by many people.

What kind of development do you like? Mobile? Web? Something else?

From my current experience, I enjoy development where I can apply math or some kind of fancy algorithms to solve a hard problem. These types of problems are the most satisfying for me to solve. But then again, when I mention my ‘current experience’ I really can’t have a strong opinion since there is just so much out there that I haven’t yet done.

Recommend one thing (maybe a book, movie, album, TV show, physical experience…) Why?

A book/series that I’d strongly recommend is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I haven’t yet seen its humour and style matched in any other book, since the author, Douglas Adams, really makes it clear to the reader that he is in control; if something is possible, then… it will probably happen. My favourite quote from the book: “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t”.

What’s your favourite new (or old) discovery in Waterloo Region?

I haven’t really “explored” the Waterloo region, per say, but it never ceases to amaze me that Google has an office here. THE Google, here in Waterloo? Did they get lost?

Share a cool thing that folks might like to know about you?

Even though my family is from the Ukraine, I was actually born in Israel, as my parents (and many others) were trying to quickly leave the Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and moved to Israel. From there, I moved to British Columbia at the age of 6 and finally ended up in Kitchener, Ontario, 8 years later. After all this traveling I think I’d prefer to just stay in one place from now on.