Drexel University is well known for its cooperative education program, in which undergraduate students can alternate full-time coursework with up to three six-month periods of full-time employment with firms in their field, allowing them to gain real-world experience that is more immersive than an internship.

Monetate’s engineering team welcomed its first Drexel Co-op student, Andrew Sauber, in April.

Andrew is in a combined bachelor’s/master’s program at Drexel and has completed two other co-ops, one at Micron Technology, a semiconductor company, where he worked on the product engineering test flow team, and the other at Drama Fever, which streams subtitled international film and television content, where he worked on their web app.

Since starting at Monetate, he’s honed his SQL skills while generating custom client reports and gotten wide exposure to our codebase while tackling bug tickets. He recently moved onto a new product team that will expand the types of user interactions our clients can take action on.

Andrew took an interest in technology at an early age. “I remember using the Mac, just at age 4, digging into every setting on every menu, setting system preferences. I loved playing with the After Dark screensavers, changing every parameter.”

In middle school and high school, he began listening to computer security podcasts and watching security conference talks online. He joined Future Business Leaders of America and competed in its National Awards Program, where he placed fourth in the nation in the security competition. He later attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School, an eight-week summer program, and was voted valedictorian by his peers on the last day of the program.

After he completes his degrees, he’s planning to work either as a software developer or in semiconductor design.

In his free time, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and watching old Japanese films.

A few other tidbits

These questions are taken from Get to Know Monetate’s Engineers

First programming language: TI-BASIC

Favorite programming language: Python and C

Favorite browser: Chrome

Favorite text editor: vim

Favorite movie: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

Hidden talent: “I can balance a ladder on my chin.”