My name is Dennis Dominguez and I’m an Infrastructure Automation Engineer under the Cloud Engineering Organization of BlackLine. My job focuses on bringing up servers in an automated and repeatable fashion to allow BlackLine to scale to meet the needs of its growing client base.
I’m originally from New York City and grew up in a Dominican household in Harlem. I was always interested in Math and Science growing up, and the bulk of my time as a child playing with Legos, calculators and computers. Unfortunately, my parents had little to no experience in this, so I had to rely on the great public school system of NYC to help me grow my budding interests. After being accepted to a specialized Engineering-focused high school, I went on to graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I got into IT after school, gaining experience first at a small HVAC data analytic company called Pacific Controls, then formalized my IT position and experience at AT&T. Generally, I have skill across the whole web application stack, but most of my experience and interests lie in hosting workloads in the Cloud and making that a seamless and inexpensive process.
Outside of work, I enjoy making and dancing to music, riding longboards and snowboards, hobby electronics, playing video games, and eating good food from any culture I can sink my teeth into. I’m excited to participate in this conference: I often feel alone culturally because the first-generation experience leads to a dichotomous feeling of not belonging in either your “Home” or “Away” cultures, and would like to draw at least some attention to this through representation and dialogue wherever possible.