We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Mabry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
The ability to identify your strengths and weaknesses early on before entering into a career field so that when the self-doubt starts to creep in you can re-assure yourself of your competence vs. having to rely on external validation.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started out as a neuroscience research assistant working for the University of Pennsylvania but quickly realized that my passion was for programming. I enrolled part-time in a Master’s degree program at Boston University in Software Development and transitioned to working as a software developer. Upon further development of my skills as a software developer, I realized that I had a passion for machine learning. My neuroscience courses taught me the basics of neural networks so I was already prepared for advanced courses and self-paced learning on the topic. While working full-time and completing my master’s program I was also teaching myself the ins and outs of machine learning through passion projects. For example a friend and I created a face recognition application that was integrated with a robotic device that could be controlled and maintained remotely. I eventually got a full-time position as an AI developer with Guardian RFID where I’m continuing to advance my understanding of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to La Jolla Cove for a snorkeling trip, PB or downtown for a night out, and to Sushi Ota for lunch/dinner.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My rowing coaches played an immeasurable role in helping me become a more confident person. Without their guidance and support during periods of self-doubt I would not have the level of resillence that I have today. I was enabled to succeed in environments (academic, professional, and sport) where I was required to motivate myself for months and even years at a time. Specifically, Mike Griffin, Mike Smith, Justin Jamal, Tom Bohrer, John Lindberg, Stephen Lambers, John Riley, Sean Hall, and Charlie Biddle all helped in demonstrating to me what excellence in life means. Each one of these coaches lives what they teach, and I’m not the only person that they have helped achieve success. Thank you specifically to Tom Bohrer from Boston University for teaching me the concept of extreme ownership. The life lessons I learned by rowing for Tom were to this day some of the toughest lessons I’ve had to embrace, but have shaped who I am today. To Mike Griffin and Mike Smith, thank you for seeing the talent in me at an early age and for providing the environment that I needed to succeed. I still wish I could have taken things to the Olympic level to honor the efforts you invested in me, but that wasn’t my path.