Our latest hire is Alejandro (Alex) Companioni, who joins Knewton as a Jr. Software Engineer. Originally from Miami, Alex graduated from the University of Florida. Before joining Knewton, he was a student at NYU, studying for his Masters in Computer Science; prior to grad school, he worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board. Says Alex: “Using what I know about computer science and machine learning to change education is by far the coolest job I’ve ever had.”
Alex’s favorite books are Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and pretty much anything ever written by Michael Lewis. While he says there’s too much good music out there to name his favorite band, the all-powerful iTunes tells him that he’s really digging My Bloody Valentine, Chromatics, and Sonic Youth these days. When coding his tastes skew more toward electronic stuff — Orbital, Booka Shade, and LTJ Bukem are favorites at the moment.