Petre joined AWS in 2016 as a Software Development Engineer, and is based in Bucharest, Romania.
HereAtAWS: Hi Petre, tell us about your career journey. What brought you to your current role at AWS?
Petre: I joined AWS in Bucharest in late 2016, when I moved here. In my previous company, I was part of the IoT division, which was quite different from Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), but I had prior experience with the technologies that were used at the time by AWS in Amazon EC2, which I studied as part of my master’s degree, and this new role was a better fit for me in both interest and culture. I was among the first AWS employees in Bucharest, joining very shortly after the office started.
HereAtAWS: Can you explain in simple terms: your role, who your customers are, and how you help them?
Petre: I am a senior software development engineer; my role is to help my team deliver new features for Trusted Compute in the Amazon EC2. Our customers are always looking for new ways to help improve security. I work with customers directly, listening to them and understanding their needs and translating that into work for us, but also indirectly, by trying to anticipate what could help customers further secure their workloads or make it easier for them to use our products.
HereAtAWS: What kind of skills do you need to succeed in your role?
Petre: I need a good mix of both soft skills and technical skills to be able to help the team succeed. The technical skills are broad, ranging from a deep understanding of Linux and the underlying system, to also understanding the AWS environment and what user applications do. This helps understand how customer needs relate to the systems we build. For soft skills, I need to be able to communicate clearly with the team, propose solutions, and with the customers, to make sure I understand their needs correctly.
HereAtAWS: Have you had to learn any specific new skills for your role?
Petre: I learned or developed many skills in my role. The most important one is writing technical documents. This was something that I had not done very often before, but AWS has a culture focused on documents, and being able to efficiently communicate ideas is important.
HereAtAWS: How does your work with customers help to make a positive impact on society?
Petre: Our team delivers security-related features which help customers keep their secret data secret. This means personal information, banking information, healthcare information of customers and their customers is much less likely to be accessed by people who should not have access to it in the first place.
Petre: AWS is THE cloud company; they are truly pioneers in this space and have a vast selection of solutions for their customers. The job also was really well related to the research and studies I did during my masters’ degree, so I was excited to work on a project that matched my interests very well.
HereAtAWS: What products or solutions have you worked on? What have been your favourites and why?
Petre: I helped develop AWS Nitro Enclaves, a solution that helps customers further isolate sensitive data. It was a challenging project, which had many requirements, but I hope it will help customers build more secure solutions for their applications, and keep secret data secret.
HereAtAWS: What’s one of your greatest accomplishments since joining AWS?
Petre: Delivering AWS Nitro Enclaves to customers.
HereAtAWS: What advice would you give people joining AWS?
Petre: Find a mentor. There are many smart, talented, friendly people working in AWS and you can benefit a lot by learning from them.