"We are good at two things, writing code and eating chocolate...even our chat bot is chocolate powered."
Joel is a veteran in the software industry and with a PhD in Instructional Technology, and undergraduate degrees in both Math and Physics, he’s also our resident Alumnus Eternalus. Joel and Justin started working together in 2006 and enjoy a fruitful collaboration debating everything from the various sides of projects to the great chocolate vs vanilla question. Joel worked in Java, C, and other languages for a number of years before finding the joy of Ruby and cutting-edge Javascipt frameworks. But as much as he enjoys working with code and computers, Joel’s true love is working with clients to understand their needs and to work out simple solutions to complex problems.
Outside of work, Joel loves playing with his six children, roaming the outdoors, mentoring youth in The Cache Makers 4-H club and tinkering with whatever latest thing catches his fancy.
Justin Ball is the CTO of Atomic Jolt, a software developer company based in Northern Utah. Originally, a C++ and .Net monkey, he found his way to Python and finally joined the Ruby community. Along the way, he fell in love with Cache Valley, became an advocate for economic development in Utah's rural communities, and built and sold two successful ecommerce companies.
In the rare moments when he isn't writing code, talking about code, or measuring his code productivity in profanity per hour, you can find him on his bike in the mountains or on the roads surrounding Cache Valley.
Bowen (a.k.a “CodingFoo”) has been tinkering with computers since he was a wee lad. It’s his passion for all things computers that makes him an essential resource to the Atomic Jolt team. He holds a B.S. and an M.S. in computer science from Utah State University. Before joining Atomic Jolt, Bowen worked as a graduate research assistant for the Utah State University Chimaera Rocket Project. So, yes, he’s somewhat of a rocket scientist.
When not working on an Atomic Jolt project, or exploring new technology, Bowen enjoys spending time with and preparing meals for friends and family. Bowen is also a bit of a bookworm, so much so that in school he was reprimanded for reading too much – and he still hasn’t learned his lesson.
James always thought his dream job was to become a pharmacy technician, yet he was always fascinated by the world of CS. While attending college, he was given the chance to get his feet wet at Atomic Jolt and immediately fell in love with this Utah software developer company. He’s been writing code for us ever since.
When he’s not writing code, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including camping and photography. Above all, James loves spending time with his family: caring for their animals, doing yard work, watching movies together, or playing video games. For James, any time spent with his wife and kids is sacred and special.
Programmed Rails for 2 years, EmberJS for about 6 months. CS Bachelors degree.
When she’s not coding, Kami loves spending time outdoors and participating in sports. She enjoys all types of sporting activities, just not extreme sports… well, not yet.
Outside of work, you will often find Brandon chatting with friends all over the world online. He likes to get lost inside a good book or movie. He is engrossed in the latest tech trends and loves to use and talk about all the new gadgets and gizmos that come out.
After earning her accounting and business degrees from Utah State University, Heather held numerous accounting positions in manufacturing and professional services industries. She recently joined Atomic Jolt team where she strives to maintain balance in our creatively chaotic atmosphere.
Heather enjoys snowboarding in the winter and camping with her family in the summer. When she gets quiet time to herself, she enjoys crocheting and knitting while watching her favorite sci-fi shows.
Joseph wanted to be an optometrist until he was introduced to software development by a friend who was making a mobile app. He instantly fell in love with writing code and has gone on to develop several mobile applications of his own.
After he leaves work for the day, he likes to shred on his guitar and save the galaxy with his beautiful wife, Catelyn.
While not in the office, David can usually be found tinkering with his car. He loves older muscle cars, and recently bought one to fix it up on his own. He also enjoys riding his bike, reading, and playing video games.
Dubbed a bookworm in elementary school, Chanae has always had a fond appreciation for good literature. She eventually went on to study journalism in college where she discovered the world of social media. She dabbled in magazine writing and a variety of freelance social media gigs before joining the Atomic Jolt team. Now, Chanae is learning an entirely different language. She enjoys interacting with people on social media and making other people sound good.
When she's not working, Chanae loves to spend her time hiking and camping with her awesome husband and two beautiful daughters. She enjoys learning new skills and is currently training for her first half marathon.
Ben’s interest in computers came at an early age. When family members had problems with computer programs, he was the one they’d turn to to dig in and discover how to fix the problem. This experience showed Ben that he had a natural talent when it came to computers and software programming. Ben joined Atomic Jolt because he wanted to use his skills in programming to benefit real world projects.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys relaxing and spending time with his wife – especially going on drives, taking walks, and watching movies or TV series.
Ben first got into web development back when the manager of Utah State University’s student radio station approached him and asked him to design and develop their website. After this he worked on the website for the college newspaper, and developed an iOS app for the the radio station. What really drew Ben into web development is the power it gives you to create. He loves being able to take nothing and turn it into something beautiful that functions and serves a purpose.
Outside of work Ben likes to spend his time outdoors hiking, fishing, camping, and everything else you can do outside. When he isn’t out in the wilderness Ben is out riding his motorcycle or fixing it.
Seth is passionate about mobile technology. He first rooted his HTC Thunderbolt back in 2011 and has been hooked on tinkering with apps ever since – particularly apps with a strong utilitarian function. He was a key player in developing the TRAPs app for Utah State University Extension, which displays pest data for farms in Utah and Idaho.
When he isn't in the office or helping someone with a computer problem, Seth can be found snowboarding, hiking, camping, or watching movies with his family.
At an early age, Ryker developed an interest in working with computers. He graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Computer Information Technology where he learned C++ and Java. After working briefly as a PHP developer, he moved on to Ruby on Rails and front-end frameworks. His interest in computers exceeds beyond his day job with numerous side projects, including exploring new web technologies and fiddling with the Raspberry Pi.
Besides programming, Ryker also enjoys retro video games, discovering new music, and playing various instruments – though he could definitely use more practice. Most of all, he loves to spend time with his amazing wife and daughter.
Cory has been a puzzle solver since birth. From Sudoku to Rubik's Cube, you can consistently find him focused on how to solve a problem. Ever since being introduced to programming with R back in 2013, he has viewed coding and web development to be some of the most exciting ways to solve problems. Cory is excited to collaborate with clients to solve their programming puzzles here at Atomic Jolt.
Beyond work, you can often find Cory “off the grid” — backpacking, hiking, and traveling with his wife, Melanie. He also loves spending time jamming on the piano whether at home or in various jazz performances in the valley.
David started programming on a TRS-80 in 1986. He became proficient in many languages, from assembly up to high-level languages like Python, Ruby, and Common Lisp. In 2004, he earned a dual-major Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Westminster College in Utah, graduating cum laude. He was later admitted for a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Utah, with a prestigious Wayne Brown fellowship.
In his free time, he enjoys his family, the great outdoors, reading, singing, and playing the piano and organ. Which side is he on in the Great Debate? Emacs, all the way!
Scott worked in ops for almost 8 years before he discovered his love for programming. DevOps at Atomic Jolt offered an easy way to transition to programming while still applying the skills he learned as an admin. As a Linux and open source enthusiast, he enjoys working on and contributing to many projects that help run our web apps today.
Scott also loves the outdoors and, when he's not working or tinkering on cars at home, you may find him rock climbing, camping, or fishing.
Nick is a sophomore at Utah State University in the Computer Science department. He got his start writing code when some high school friends came together to build a robot to take over the world. Though goals of world domination fell short, he did learn some C++. Nick has since spent his time learning about web development and how to build products that people will actually want to use.
In addition to spending time studying, Nick is also the is the proud caretaker of a thriving sourdough start, and likes to spend to divide his time evenly between writing code in a dark, cave-like lair and outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.
Waddling around the world to raise awareness of both penguin conservation efforts and best software engineering practices, Penguinito (“little penguin”), decided to stay with Atomic Jolt so he could participate in the weekly hack lunches. He is always willing to share his Penguin Programming Wisdom to any who ask.
He enjoys eating krill and most especially squid and taking long waddles on icy beaches.