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Deep Space Interview Series Presents: Daniel Lujan, Developer

Lillian Edwards - Director of Business Development
Lillian Edwards

Meet Daniel! Daniel is one of our full-stack developers, and has become an incredibly valuable asset for the DSR team. It was so fun to sit down with Daniel and learn more about who he is, where he’s from, and learn more about some of his passions and interests! Daniel was born in San Antonio, but you can now find him living in the eclectic and fun city of Austin. As I sat down and chatted more with Daniel about his journey to software development, I was delighted and intrigued to hear the “non-traditional” route that took him to where he is today.

Meet Daniel, Developer

Daniel attended Baylor University, and studied music composition. He played in the orchestra for 6 years, receiving both his Bachelors and Masters degree in the subject. He stumbled into development when he decided he wanted to create a video game for music that he wrote.

I opened Unity, which is a game engine, and I started figuring out what I needed to do to make a 3D puzzle game! I ended up enjoying writing all the logic for the game and so I started thinking, "Hmm maybe this is a good path to go down as a career."

Like many young adults, Daniel still wasn’t quite sure what exactly he was going to do with his music degree after school. Software development opened up a world of possibilities for him, and it excited him! After he finished school, he started buckling down and really honing in on the craft. He took a couple online courses, starting making projects, and the rest is history!

Let's Talk Deep Space

Daniel was brought into the Deep Space fold when he received a message via LinkedIn from our CEO/Founder Rob Momary. Daniel was drawn to the positive work environment and culture at DSR. In the last year of working at Deep Space, he can attest that the work culture continues to be one of his favorite things about working here.

Everyone is so kind, hilarious, and interested in a bunch of different things. No one takes themselves too seriously and there’s really no big egos floating around at all. It’s great to work in a place with cool people that I get along with!

Daniel also very much enjoys building software that makes a difference and challenges him and says that's another reason why he loves working at Deep Space.

Hobbies and Interests

Outside of work, you’ll find Daniel baking his famous banana bread! He loves to experiment a bit with his recipes, adding non traditional ingredients such as Reese’s peanut butter chips! Since Daniel works from home, he loves to take advantage of living in Austin by taking his longboard out for a ride after work. The last couple years, he has become increasingly more interested in aquaponics, a fun hobby he picked up during the height of the pandemic. Aquaponics is a food production system that couples aquaculture with hydroponics, where nutrient-rich aquaculture water is fed to plants. It is literally “putting fish to work”.  Inspired by a YouTube video he watched of a man who breeds tilapia, Daniel was drawn into the concept of self-sustaining living practices. (With a chuckle, I mentioned that this new hobby was very on brand for the Austin-living culture. He agreed that it was also a little on the nose as well…) Daniel enjoys the culture of Austin as well. He loves the accessibility to downtown, and how easy it is for him to go on walks, runs, or hikes in the beautiful parks the city offers.

Final Notes

Daniel is a pleasure to know and work alongside. We are so happy to have him as our teammate. We are consistently blown away by his work ethic, creativity, and kindness. Daniel is what I would call a “DSR triple threat”, an individual that exemplifies all three of our company values: happy, humble, and hungry. Thank you Daniel, for the way you serve our clients and your teammates! We are so thankful for you!

If you have a question about Deep Space Robots or a project you want to create, get in touch! Contact us here. We would love to hear from you, and help make something astronomical!