Get To Know:
Paulus Schoutsen, Software Engineer

paulusWhat is your position with MyCase?

I am a software engineer with MyCase. I work mainly on new features for the front end.

How did you end up working for MyCase?

I used to work around the corner at UCSD on fraud detection within Medicaid. I wanted to work on a product that was user facing and found in MyCase the perfect fit.

What does your job entail?

My team works in a two week cycle and our goal is to enhance the experience the user has in MyCase. This can be via fixing bugs, improving the usability of existing features, or adding a new feature to simplify the workflow.

What is the most difficult part of your job?

Finding the right balance between adding new features and keeping the system maintainable. It would be very easy to add a lot of features in a short time but without the right architecture we will end up having to rewrite everything in a couple of years.

What’s the best part of your job?

The best part is being able to use the latest technologies to build something that adds value to people’s lives. Because we have very short development cycles we often release features to our customers. Every time we release something new we get a ton of feedback about how it improved their workflow. Knowing that the time and effort you put into something is appreciated by our customers is very rewarding.

Where are you originally from and how did you end up in San Diego?

I am originally from the Netherlands. I arrived three years ago in San Diego to write my Master of Science thesis at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on Medicaid fraud detection. I fell in love, got offered a job, and the rest is history.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I spend a lot of time on home automation. I am the lead developer of a popular open-source home automation software program (Home Assistant). My house is now automated in such a way that the lights will turn on if I come home after the sun has set. The lights will also turn on when I’m home when the sun is setting, among other things.

Do you have any unusual hobbies?

I love automating things. Not only my house but every aspect of life. My e-mail is all automatically organized, all physical mail will be digitized and categorized and necessary house hold items (toilet paper, soap, toothpaste) will be automatically ordered and delivered to my house.

Tell me about your family/pets, etc.?

I live in San Diego with my girlfriend Anne Therese. She is currently working on a PhD in linguistics at UCSD. The rest of my family lives in the Netherlands. It can be difficult sometimes since they are 5000 miles away. Luckily technology has made it easy to keep in touch.

Do you have a favorite saying or quote and if so, what is it and why?

“It is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice.”

I love this quote because it shows that even if you’re on top of the world, you should not act like a jerk. Being nice will reward you in the long run.

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