School of Education
August 1, 2014
“I greatly enjoy working to educate individuals and seeing them flourish in their environment with the tools I helped them to learn.”
My name is Rhett Norman Gordon MacLeod MacLaren Lowe — yes, that is my birth name. I have moved around and lived in many places, but I predominantly associate with being from Iowa (Yay Corn!). I came to Southern California in 2005 and have since moved around in the LA/OC area multiple times.
I learned some basics in programming in high school. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Cathy Weiser, my AP Computer Science teacher, formerly of Burbank High. Since then I have taught myself many more structures, paradigms, frameworks, and languages. I have also tutored individuals and given presentations educating coworkers and others in the programming community. I participate in programmer “meet-ups” where I can improve myself and help others.
In my professional life, before coming to UCI, I earned the title of Head of New Development at i-Showcase Inc. by always pushing the boundaries of our code, always pushing to make it faster, cleaner, and better. I worked to continually add new features that the sales department hadn’t even thought possible. I became involved in the hiring and training process to make sure we hired the right engineers and then got them up-to-speed as fast as possible. I greatly enjoy working to educate individuals and seeing them flourish in their environment with the tools I helped them to learn.
I plan to remain here at UC Irvine for the foreseeable future. I know that not only will I be able to help UCI and the School of Education to better their code, applications, and tools, but also that UCI and the School of Education will help me to grow and flourish into an even better programmer and developer.
While I don’t know where my long-term professional career will take me, I do know that I never want to stop programming in the workplace, and I want to mentor younger programmers, helping them be the best programmers they can be.