Meet Hassan, Software Development Engineer

Hassan joined AWS as a Software Development Engineer in 2018 based in Dublin, Ireland.

HereAtAWS: Tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?

Hassan: I am a software developer for EC2 in Dublin. I started my career in software engineering on the EC2 team in Cape Town as an intern in 2016. I have been part of multiple teams, making a positive impact to both internal and external customers. I have mainly worked on the API side of EC2, improving the availability of EC2 APIs, and the experience for all EC2 customers. In 2021 I moved from Cape Town to Dublin to start a new journey in a different part of EC2, very deep in the stack and closer to the actual hardware that is running EC2.

HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?

Hassan: As an SDE (Software Development Engineer) at AWS, my role is mainly focused on two parts. I design and develop features and services depending on the asks from our customers. The second part of my role focuses on the operational stability of our services and making sure our customers are getting the expected experience. Also, as one of the more experienced members of my team, I give technical guidance and I support others to succeed.

HereAtAWS: What technical and/or soft skills do you need to succeed in your role?

Hassan: In my opinion, the key part to succeed is the willingness to learn and become better and never give up regardless of how complicated the given situation is. There are also foundational skills an SDE needs which are strong problem solving and design skills, as well as the software engineering fundamentals.

HereAtAWS: How does your work with customers help to make a positive impact on society?

Hassan: EC2 and the compute services are the heart of the internet in my opinion. So, a success of my work means a success to EC2 which means a success to AWS which means the internet is growing, and there are unlimited positive possibilities with that.

HereAtAWS: At work, are you involved in any activities outside of your role?

Hassan: I am part of a new initiative called Software Learning Series, which is a learning and recruiting workshop that helps candidate SDEs to succeed in their interviews.

HereAtAWS: What’s the most exciting part of your job?

Hassan: The most exciting part is our products and the scale of these products. It’s very exciting to be one of the people who knows all the details about what the cloud really is.

HereAtAWS: What initially interested you in working for AWS?

Hassan: Initially, I was just an ambitious university student who is looking for an internship, I didn’t even know what AWS was! I learned about AWS and the cloud during my first internship and from that point it’s all been very interesting for me.

HereAtAWS: What’s one of your greatest accomplishments since joining AWS?

Hassan: One of my greatest accomplishments last year was launching Amazon VPC Endpoints for EC2 in multiple zones and regions. This is one of my accomplishments that had been publicly announced last year, https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2020/09/amazon-vpc-endpoints-amazon-ec2-available-3-availability-zones-sao-paulo-canada-4-availability-zones-oregon/

HereAtAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?

Hassan: Be passionate about what you are doing and seek to become better.

HereAtAWS: What three words would you use to describe workdays at AWS?

Hassan: I enjoy it!

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