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Getting to Know Hiya: Hasmik Kalantarian, Senior Software Engineer

With five years of work experience in mobile development, it’s not a surprise that Senior Software Engineer, Hasmik Kalantarian, instantly got in the groove at Hiya when she joined the Mobile Client team last November.
Coming from a number of large companies over her career, Hiya was a nice change in pace for Hasmik because she loves the sense of ownership every person at Hiya has over apps. “I really like working on mobile, because I get to see my apps out in the wild,” she said.
But when Hasmik is not hard at work fine tuning apps, check out how she enjoys her free time outside of Hiya!
Where is your hometown?
Redmond, WA
Before working at Hiya, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I was once asked to help out with a project by flying out to Disneyland Paris, and hand out gifts to the park guests. To make the situation even more awful, I had to stay in the heart of Paris in a hotel overlooking the Champs-Élysées since the Disneyland Paris hotels were all booked. That job didn’t last long though.
What are 3 words to describe Hiya?
Agile, dynamic, growing
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
I love making products that integrate quietly into user’s lives and work magic behind the scenes in helping them out. People might not even know they are using a product I worked on, but it somehow makes their lives better.
What is your favorite thing to do in the wonderful city of Seattle?
Walking around and exploring the different neighborhoods.
What have been the most important innovations you have witnessed in your lifetime?
The list is huge but internet, smartphones, GPS, LEDS, and DNA sequencing, and CRISPR genome editing are definitely on it.
Any favorite line from a movie?
What four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
Jimi Hendrix, Paul Erdős, my grandfather, and my great grandmother, but maybe not at the same time because the language barrier would make it awkward.
Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?
I can’t choose one place, instead I’ll pick a trip to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Yellowstone with my brother. We decided to go there spur of the moment, just got in our car and got supplies on the way. Seeing so many amazing national parks in one impromptu road trip was amazing.
What is your personal philosophy?
Don’t panic.

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