Shupin Mao is a senior software engineer at Facebook. During her last four years at the company, Shupin helped several teams and gained experience across Instagram and Facebook, including the Instagram Well-being team. Here she shares what got her into engineering, favorite moments, lessons learned, and more. How did you become an engineer? When working on […]
Shupin Mao is a senior software engineer at Facebook. During her last four years at the company, Shupin helped several teams and gained experience across Instagram and Facebook, including the Instagram Well-being team. Here she shares what got her into engineering, favorite moments, lessons learned, and more.
How did you become an engineer?
When working on course projects during my undergrad and grad study, I felt the passion for solving coding problems, which was the main motivation to apply for an engineering position after graduation. After joining Facebook, I was still motivated to solve practical problems every day and learn new skills/knowledge, which affirmed my career choice.
What was your first coding language?
C was my first coding language back to school days. Objective-C was my first coding language at my full-time work at Facebook.
What do you listen to while you work?
All kinds of piano songs which can help me keep focused. For example, Ghibli’s relaxing piano pieces are good.
What do you do when you get stuck on a problem?
I will usually take a short walk to the nearest snack kitchen and look for some snacks. I feel walking and eating can help me think better.
Tell us about your favorite project at Instagram?
What makes working at Instagram unique?
How would you describe the engineering culture at Instagram?
What makes you excited about coming into work every day?
Exciting projects and brilliant colleagues.
Your favorite place to eat in the city?
A lot of Chinese restaurants 🙂
What is your favorite thing to eat at the office?
Pocky in strawberry flavor
What’s your favorite Instagram account?
@kuviabear, I like following the sweet daily life of cute Kuvia!
Tell us about your happiest day at Instagram.
What is one of the best things you learned while working at Instagram?
I gained a lot of valuable experience in coordination and collaborations across teams/roles in Instagram. I would say Instagram may provide the best example on how engineers and cross-function team members, such as product, legal, privacy expert, work together among the whole company. And my team has many cross team partners, most of them are located remotely. The projects I worked on provided me a lot of great opportunities to learn how to work with different teams and people closely and smoothly.
What does your desk setup look like?
One monitor and one Apple Mac Pro (I got it for iOS development and I probably should return it now 😂).
What was your favorite offsite?
Well-being Team Offsite at Clay By The Bay. We had a great day on learning and practicing working with clay. And my favorite part was that we received our “work” as the outcome :P.
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