Mentor Monday: Meet Bob

Bob Timm — aka Robot Bob — is a software engineer at Bottle Rocket. This fall he joined the ideaSpark mentoring team that meets Saturdays at Bottle Rocket. His enthusiasm for student success in computer science is evident each week!

Meet Bob...

How did you become interested in tech or programming?
It was not until my early years in college, I took my first programming course in C. My professor gave us challenging and open-ended problems, mostly in the form of games. At the time I was on track for an Electrical Engineering degree and decided after taking that one class to change my major to Computer Science. Around this time, I purchased my first BlackBerry and became obsessed with building simple games on mobile. The year was 2009 and the iPhone was soon to be announced. It was at this time I decided to become a mobile developer, and have done it ever since!

What did you study in college?
Computer Science and Business

What are you working on now?
I am a Software Engineer at a great company in Addison, TX called Bottle Rocket. We build spectacular mobile experiences for some of the world’s largest and most recognized brands. Some of the apps I have worked on include the Coca-Cola Freestyle Android app and Starwood Hotels for Android.

What have you gained from being a mentor? What was your most memorable moment while mentoring?
I enjoy helping students find what drives them. Each student is different and is passionate about different activities, whether that be graphical design, sports, games, reading, etc. Finding unique ways to tie their interests to Science is what I really enjoy. My favorite moments during class are when students have that “aha” moment. It is always a great view to see a student become excited about gaining new knowledge.

Is there anything that you wish you could tell your younger self about coding?
Start at an earlier age! Get part time jobs and internships as early as possible in fields related to your interests. College will have much more perceived value if you understand how to apply topics you learn in class to work experiences you have already had.

Though mileage will vary, I took time off from school to work on apps for Android and iOS. Returning to school for my Computer Science degree, I had no issues coding in my classes. This allowed me to fully absorb the scientific concepts my professors were teaching.

Is there anything about our mission that really connects with you?
“We are all born with a desire to create.”
I was born with a desire to create. From legos, painting, wood working to the performing arts, these activities have filled my entire life. Programming has only recently become a new creative outlet. I have the chance to create anything, everyday.